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“Delicious, small and basic”
Review of Pho Minh

Pho Minh
Ranked #955 of 2,225 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese
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Dining options: Lunch
Neighbourhood: Bloomfield
Reviewed 16 July 2016

If you are willing to settle for a very basic setting - you will truly treasure your visit here.
If you want more upscale and fancier, this is not for you.

It is a family affair run by, I believe, first generation in the US. There is nothing fancy, service is usually prompt and efficient but with none of the refinements that more upscale places have.

However, the food is excellent and highly affordable. My wife and I were there last night and ate what we considered a summer meal. We had 2 orders of Goi Cuon (I think the best in the city), tofu in curry lemon grass salad, papaya salad with dried beef and vegetable salad with cabbage chicken and shrimp. The amount was perfect, the food was so good and the bill (with tax but before the tip) was $20.80.


It is BYOB, after 6:00 there is free street parking - prior to that it is metered - and a pot of tea is free. The neighborhood is changing rapidly and that area of Penn Ave now has numerous art galleries.

We always feel better when we support small family businesses.

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Thank tom g
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Reviewed 27 October 2015

This is a small, family run restaurant. For appetizers, we love their fresh spring rolls, their sautéed tofu and their papaya salad. The spicy chicken soup with lemon grass (#25) is really tasty. For bun (noodles), #43 has everything in it. Actually, any dish we have ordered was excellent.

Prices are more than reasonable - with a large tip and appetizers dinner for 2 is no more than $30. It is BYOB with no cover charge. There is free on street parking.

Décor is basic - if you want upscale keep going. The owner/server/cook just manages service. She sort of misses the relationship part but that is a minor distraction only.

Maybe the overall best Vietnamese in town. Definitely the best Vietnamese value in town. We eat here semi-often.

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1  Thank tom g
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Reviewed 17 March 2015

Pho Minh has a "hole-in-the-wall" atmosphere, with amazing food at a really good price! Their Pho is delicious, as are plenty of other dishes. I've been here dozens of times, and plan on going back dozens more. FYI Cash Only!

1  Thank Nick O
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Reviewed 12 March 2015

We were in Pitt when it was really cold and decided we wanted some Pho. We happened to stumble onto this place and new instantly it was the real deal when we walked in. It's a small hole in the wall run by a Vietnamese family. They did not disappoint either. I would eat here a lot in the winter if I lived in Pitt.

Go check it out.

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1  Thank WolffieCO
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Reviewed 2 January 2015 via mobile

We had noodle bowls that were fresh and flavorful. The Special noodle soup was spicy and warmed my tounge and soul. Great food and worth the effort to find the restaurant!

Thank Chuck S
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