I agree with T T. "Menu and Price is right."
Vietnamese food is perfect for those on a budget. Drink and dinner come to about $10 per person.
Bun Cha Hanoi - 3.5 stars even tho Cha was bit thin.
Bo Luc Lac - 2.5 stars - Meat was bit bland and not seared enough.
Black Tea w/Mango Flavor & Fruit Jelly - 4 stars. Very sweet drink, next time I may ask for less flavor but overall very tasty. Jelly was chewy and flavorful.
Thai Iced Tea w/Coffee Jelly - 3 stars. Boyfriend is white and thought the flavor of the tea was taken over by the jelly which made the drink tart. Not sweet and milky like your usual thai iced tea.
Overall, I would def come back. Service was superb. Owners son was full of enthursiasm and recommendations. So it made the experience. I complimented the menu and he proudly took credit for making it. Very easy menu for all the Non-Vietnamese folks which is very cool considering how popular Pho and Vietnamese food has become. This place made me very proud to say I'm a vietnamese and you should try our food!
It's completely family run. Son takes the orders and mom and dad serve and clean tables. I will def be back to show my support!
Family owned stereotypical Pho place.
The kind of place that you walk-in for good food not fancy atmosphere or oustanding service, if you need something yell it out and ask any of the guys in the green shirts (no such thing as YOUR server, that's a white thing). You pay at the cash register that's CASH ONLY. You may find yourself sitting next to an employee eating their lunch (they have to eat too). Oh and the fabulous koi pond at the entrance. I know live animals is a good luck/feng shui but I laughed when I saw this pond/fountain thingy-ma-bobber. It's like they started building it but then gave up and left it unfinished. Upside? They bought live koi fish to keep in it! Hope they're not on the menu. ha.
Dragged my co-worker here on a Monday afternoon and the place was poppin. Bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside. Parking was easy but BRING YOUR QUARTERS because its meter parking located on Broadway and a small street (forgot the name, look it up).
Pho w/Fish Balls. Balls were yummy, chewy consistency with that fried outer layer and flavorful. I didn't try the soup or noodles but co-worker finished her medium bowl so either she liked it or she's a fat-ass (well, she is......MY friend)
I had the Bun Bo Hue. Only reason I got this rather than Pho was because I was craving it. I had pho last night and pork blood just sounded so good! The broth was not as flavorful as I would have liked and meat a bit dry but this dish cured my craving. Would I order it again? Maybe, but I think next time I'll have the Bun Cha Gio Thit Noung. That seems to be the rave here and the Pho of course!
Eggrolls was decent. I like my cha gio using the clear rice paper (the kind that bubbles up) and a bit thicker with more of an exciting filling. These were skinnier rolls using egg paper. The filling was your standard filling with more glass noodles than I liked but overall satisfying.
Will I be back? OF COURSE!
Pho that hits the spot!
Born and raised on pho I'm used to raw slices of beef in my pho. I'm sure this dtla location caters more to the white folk (no offense) so the meat is all fully cooked when it hits the table and becomes dry as it sits in the broth. Next time, I'll ask for my meat raw.
Pho Dac Biet: All ingrediants tasted fresh. I was surprised to learn that Bo Vien is included in the Dac Biet, whatta treat (vietnamese meat balls)
Broth was light and very tasty. Def come back!
Also, avg price is $8/bowl of pho. I'm used to spending about $5.75 in the valley so price is a bit high but I can kind of understand due to its location (not that its in a nice part of DTLA because ITS NOT but all their customers are the business people in the area. Warning: Lots of bums in this area, we parked at a meter and wondered if there was a shelter nearby because of all the bums). Doesn't matter, i'm just glad to have a pho place close to work!
Cleaner and nicer atmosphere than Pho So 1 across the street but I love my Pho So 1!
Pho 999 is said to be healthier than Pho So 1. The meat used to make the broth is less fatty? Don't quote me on that.
I would def come here but I grew up going to Pho So 1.
I still give it 4 stars because the food is good.
Vietnamese food is known for a few traditional dishes for example, Pho is Pho, there is nothing different from one Pho restaurant to the other except a different taste or recipe. Go to any pho place and the menus are all the same, just different taste.
O how I love my Pho!
Next door to Ranch 99 market. They share a parking lot so parking is easy here unlike other pho places in the valley (back alleys etc.)
I think my boyfriend (whiteboy) fell in love with me here when I introduced him to...
Bo Tom Nuong Vi - thinly sliced beef marinated with lemongrass and goodness, grilled tableside. You wrap it like a spring roll with raw veggies like carrots, cucumber, bean sprouts and thin rice noodle dipped in fish sauce or a tamarind sauce (smells funny but tastes so yummy, sweet with chucks of pineapple).
Pho here is yummy. Broth comes hot an fast! Faster than fast food!
Service is good.
Atmosphere is super casual. Jammies even! Nobody judges, you're there for great homecooked vietnamese food.
No refills on sodas.
Want more fresh veggies? Free!
I love this place.
Seating can be tricky. If it's busy you may be asked to sit at a big table with that guy reading the paper. Hey, they're working with what they got. Simply decline if it's too awkward for you.
I've had the chicken curry which was my all time favorite and the pork belly banh mi which was really yummy but remember its PORK BELLY so if you're watching the calories you might want to go with the chicken because you're literally biting into chunks of pork fat.
Took dad here after a saturday afternoon hike...I'm vietnamese and love seeing little spots like Bun Me pop up, always supportive of my peoples as long as you're not out to rip people off. Vietnamese food for as long as I've known it has always been affordable and comforting and that's why I enjoy seeing it marketed to a wider audience.
I'm used to Ba Le or Lee's Sandwiches which were always so so. I enjoy them once in a while but never really craved them. Bun me was so fresh light and tastey! The veggies in each sandwich are super bright in color and crispy. The dac biet was good but the chicken was superb! Cooked to order as steam came out of the sandwich when it hit our table.
The girl at the counter was very sweet. She asked how I found out about Bun Me and told that me that she hopes they meet our expectations. There isn't anything more annoying than an owner sounding like a cheeseball "Oh we make the best! you will love it!" how often has that led to disapointment? I appreciated that she was honest and hopeful knowing that not everybody is going to love their food. But the ones who do will be back.
2 people cost about $14 includes 2 sandwiches, 1 iced black tea, 1 milk tea (no boba). To me that's a bargain. I'd have Bun Me sandwiches before stopping at Subway any day of the week! The place is small with about 3-4 tables inside and 2 outdoor tables. Not exactly a place for ambiance but definately pefect for a quick on-the-go lunch.
I will def be back!
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