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Simply Pho You
Mon-Thurs: 11am-9:30pm Fri: 11am-11pm Sat: noon- 11pm Closed Sun (hours can change without notice)
Asian Noodle BarThis is the spot for satisfying pre- or post-movie cravings, with a menu that stretches across the Asian continent. Think pho and pad Thai with a side of Japanese cold sesame noodles. The warming Thai soup is restorative on chilly days. Inside, it’s clean, classy and calm, and open until 11pm on the weekends. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
$1.75 Kirin beers: every Tuesday -
Basil LeafThe pho is fragrant, the coffee is strong and sweet, and ordinary dishes are interesting because you want to know how this kitchen is going to finish it. Spring rolls are a level above others, well-rolled and multi-textured. This place has one of the crispiest papaya salads in town; the salad topped with two flavors of beef jerky is especially out of hand. A steamed tilapia dish yields white, flaky fish bathed in a dark, black peppery sauce and is flanked with broccoli and carrots. Nice looking desserts, wine and saki. (Alibi Staff, August 23, 2011)
1016-B Juan Tabo NE (Northeast Heights)
Tue-Thu 11am-9pm Fri-Sat 11am-9:30pm Sun 11am-8:30pm Closed Monday (hours can change without notice)
Huong Thao Vietnamese CuisineA quiet restaurant in a strip mall just north of Lomas on Juan Tabo, Huong Thao has been serving up Vietnamese food for almost two decades. The place is unassuming and the service friendly. Try the fresh spring rolls and a big bowl o’ pho or vegetarian rice noodles and tofu. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with a creamy coconut shake. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
May CaféThe standard-bearer for Vietnamese food in Albuquerque, May Café’s dining room is light and airy, and the service is reliably fast and friendly. Try the Vietnamese sandwich appetizer, grilled pork with rice vermicelli, shrimp in ginger sauce or catfish in a clay pot. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Pho #1 VietnamesePho #1 may not have the speediest service, but that’s probably because it’s overwhelmed by the positive reception it gets for the delicious food. There are many dishes you’ll find on the menu here and nowhere else. Do not resist the seven courses of beef or pho with rare beef. Or, if you’re not a meat eater, the herb-laced vegetarian salad is mountainous. Voted Best Pho for 2013. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Pho 79This is a no-frills kind of place, but if you like Vietnamese food and don’t particularly care about atmosphere, you should definitely seek it out. The pho is bolstering and wholesome, and the beef tendon is spectacular. From time to time, they’ve even been known to fly in mass quantities of crawfish for your tail-eating, head-sucking pleasure. (Alibi Staff, February 26, 2014)
Pho NguyenPho Nguyen (if you're a Vietnamese pronunciation newbie, say "Fun Win") has all the goods—from delicious pho (Vietnamese soup) to vermicelli dishes. The environment is comfortable and the food flavorful. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Plum Cafe Asian GrillPlum Cafe Asian Grill serves a mix of Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai food that’s a familiar favorite in Albuquerque. Plum uses the order-at-the counter model, but the dining area is spacious and elegant. Plus, its location in the Century Rio complex is right on the money for folks looking for a bite before or after the movies. Most dishes can be made vegetarian. The tama cod, battered and crispy, is glazed in a tamarind sauce that would appeal to orange chicken fans. The Thai yellow curry is creamy and expertly spiced, but you can always ask to have the heat adjusted. (Alibi Staff, March 29, 2012)
Mon Closed Tue-Thu 10am-9pm Fri-Sat 10am-9:30pm Sun 10:30am-9pm (hours can change without notice)
Que HuongWhen you’re really hungover, nothing hits the spot like Que Huong’s Vietnamese stew with chicken and curry. You’ll lick your lips after every spoonful of the mysteriously spicy broth. Wrap the chunks of meat and vegetables in pieces of crusty French bread and thank your lucky stars you discovered Vietnamese food. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Sun-Thu: 11am-9pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
StreetFood AsiaOn the streets of Asia, vendors often specialize in one dish handed down through generations, preparing quick meals for passersby like hot noodle bowls, exotic sandwiches and spicy skewered satays. StreetFood Asia is a hotbed of cultural diversity serving Vietnamese pho, Korean noodles, Japanese udon and Malaysian and Chinese stir-fry. StreetFood Asia's menu offers a dizzying array of sauces, toppings, garnishes, meats, seafood and vegetables in dinner portions or small plates in the heart of Nob Hill. Exotic bar drinks and a long list of excellent sakes add sparkle to your meal. (Alibi Staff, July 12, 2011)
Viet TasteWho doesn’t like a hot, inexpensive, filling bowl of pho? Or sweet-and-sour soup with catfish? Having a light lunch of a papaya salad with shrimp and an avocado shake is just the thing to shake off days of stress and too many cheeseburgers. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
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