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“A good choice among many”
Review of Pho 88 Restaurant

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Pho 88 Restaurant
Ranked #159 of 379 Restaurants in Fullerton
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Pho 88 is situated in one section of a strip mall. It has a good amount of natural light to bathe the interior. The interior is no nonsense, something that won't make you remember the decor. Like many Chinese and Vietnamese eateries you come for the food, not the ambiance. Pho 88 does have a menu that on your first visit may take a bit of perusing of decide what you want. The (beef) Pho was good with plenty of noodles plus the expected goodies. Now this is not as good as my favorite place up in the Bay Area but it satisfies the tummy. The Mi Xao Ga was decent and one of the plates that ventures toward the Chinese side of food and preparation. The Com Suon Nuong or grilled pork chop rice plate wasn't as successful in comparison to our standard up north. Cannot fault the Viet iced coffee or the Thai iced tea. Restaurant staff is quiet and unobtrusive. The clientele while we were visiting was varied and probably 75% filled. Everyone has their favorites when it comes to food but Pho 88 is worth checking out.

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Reviewed 21 August 2017

I was sad to move so far away from my favorite Pho place, in San Jose, but we found a place that may be just as good. We went today and had their special combo #17 your choice of a small (relatively speaking) bowl of pho, a couple of sides, and a drink. It was well worth it. Very nice pho, thankfully not too salty. It seems many places think that salt = flavor. This place knows it isn't so. Drop in and give them a try.

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Reviewed 10 July 2015 via mobile

I love this place, very close to my work, fast friendly service and tasty pho, what more could your want?

Thank Bryan B
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

If you like Vietnamese Coffee, Pho 88 makes a good one. It’s strong, but has a smooth flavor. If you like espresso or café au lait, this is the drink for you! You can have it hot or cold. It’s mixed with sweetened condensed milk which gives it a sweet, yet creamy, almost buttery finish. It’s a winner! I get it every time I dine there. Thumbs up, way up!

#36 is Won Ton & BBQ Pork with egg noodles. Their broth is amazing! The egg noodles did a great job soaking up the flavors. The won ton was soft and silky like a Japanese gyoza. The BBQ pork was tender and had a good Asian BBQ flavor, not too sweet and added a rich pork flavor to the broth. Thumbs up!

#18 is Pho with Rare Steak, Well-Done Flank, and Tripe. It comes with all of the fixings (bean sprouts, basil, fresh slices of jalapeno, and lemon wedges). This is my all-time favorite pho! You get the best of everything. The rare sliced steak was tender and flavorful. The hot broth will cook your steak pretty quickly, so eat it first if you like it rare. The well-done brisket was super-tender and broke apart with ease so you can get just the right amount with a bunch of noodles. The book tripe was sliced up in slivers giving you a chewy, crunchy texture, yet it soaked up the flavor of the soup. I LOVE this soup, especially on a rainy day! Thumbs up, way up!

#65 is Bún served with Grilled Short Ribs and Shrimp Paste in Tofu Wrap, beans sprouts, lettuce, carrots, sliced cucumbers, diced peanuts, and their special sweet & sour fish sauce. This is the perfect dish when it’s warm outside. I like to describe it as a Vietnamese salad with noodles. The short ribs were cooked to perfection. The marinade they use was like a Vietnamese teriyaki sauce but not as sweet with hints of more sesame (seeds and oil). Lots of meat to gnaw on! The vegetables were fresh and crisp. The shrimp paste was more like a shrimp cake. I’m used to a fine grind Japanese-style fishcake. This was more of a course grind so you could tell what was in it – big chunks of shrimp. It was so good! There are so many flavors in here that you just need a little bit of the fish sauce to use as a “dressing”, but you can adjust to your own taste. Thumbs up, way up!

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Reviewed 9 October 2016
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