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Memphis--He Lo

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Memphis--He Lo

Randal Cooper | Jun 11, 2006 11:19 PM

A couple of weeks ago I'd spotted He Lo on Mt. Moriah on the way somewhere else for lunch, and this week I decided to give it a shot, as it's a whole lot closer than the midtown Vietnamese places.

The first thing you notice is that the menu is largely slanted towards Chinese-American dishes, which is probably only customary in Memphis. You would think that setting themselves up as a strictly Vietnamese establishment would keep them out of competition with the two hundred other Chinese restaurants in town (and they claim Memphis is the barbecue capital of the world). The specials board had a bun dish, and several other specials, but I'm tend to be a little conservative on my first visit to a new place, so I ordered the Pho Tai (which is what I was in the mood for anyway).

The good news is that it's an excellent bowl of pho. The bad news is that it took fully half an hour to reach my table, which isn't gonna cut it for a lunch hour.

Anyone else tried it? Is that sort of service customary for He Lo? I was excited about having another option available for lunch, but if I'm gonna have to wait a half hour for a bowl of soup I'll have to stick to speedier options.

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