Pho Hoa Binh is a Vietnamese restaurant in Midtown, but Pho Hoa Binh is no ordinary Vietnamese restaurant in Midtown. That’s right people. You have now encountered another one of my favorite Memphis restaurants. This is my place of choice to go when I am craving any cheap, Asian-like dish.
Pho Hoa Binh is a small joint, located in the strip mall across from the Piggly Wiggly on Madison Avenue, right next to Murphy’s. It is one of those place that many people seem to know about, but still remains a hidden gem in Memphis. It is great for several reasons.
1.) They have something on the menu for everyone. If I had to guess, it would be around 75-80 menu items. If you can’t find something to tickle your fancy, you are probably too high maintenance to go out to eat anyway.
2.) Tofu. Now I know that many people cringe at the word tofu. I used to be the same way. But this place changed my mind and my life. This is the first place I have ever eaten where I enjoyed the tofu. They do something to it that no other place can master. They have many options to choose from as well. My favorite is the lemongrass tofu, and it seems to be many other people’s favorite as well. It is very unique in flavor.
3.) Lunch. Buffet. This is possibly the best part of the place. I also know what many of you are thinking right now. Buffet? Asian buffet? Come on, Shannon. How is that ever considered great quality? I will be the first to tell you that I avoid buffets like they are the plague, especially Asian buffets. The food is usually cold, stale, and god awful. Not Pho Hoa Binh though. Their buffet surpasses all of the rest. First, the place is usually so busy that the food does not have time to get cold and stale, and also the buffet ends at 2pm. It’s always fresh. They also have a great selection: several types of tofu, chicken, rice, noodles, and a salad bar. All together, it’s only $5.69 plus tax. You can’t get much better than hot, fresh, delicious food for under six bucks. If you cannot stay and eat, you can pile as much food that will fit in a to-go box for seven bucks.
4.) It’s family owned and run. Not only are you supporting your fellow Memphians, but you get to know the friendly faces that work there. It’s always the same family members working, and they are all very nice and helpful.
I was recently there for the lunch buffet and had a wonderful time. The food and experience was as great as always. As you can see, little Anna was also having a wonderful time eating her rice.
Andie and John, below, also love Pho Hoa Binh.
Check out their Facebook page, or you find them on Urbanspoon or Yelp. They have great reviews at Pho Fever, a national Pho website. They have also been mentioned in the Memphis Flyer, Commercial Appeal, and I Love Memphis blogs.