I posted my experiences at Tampa's Pho Quyen awhile back. I had just tried the restaurant for the first time and thought the pho was a bit mundane but that the peanut sauce was outstanding. I don't usually notice the peanut sauce but this was unlike any I'd had before -- chunky and full-bodied. Definitely home-made. I noted also that the store was full of Asians, who would surely know their pho. I was determined to give it another shot once I found myself back at the Waters/Dale Mabry location.
While googling for the restaurant, I discovered that they had a web site (below) which listed another location in Pinellas Park as well as a photo of the restaurant packed with customers.
My husband and I stopped in one Saturday a couple of weeks ago. The first time I was there I had the seafood pho which had lots of vegetables in it -- broccoli, carrots, the usual scallions, and some shrimp, squid and surimi. It lacked a cohesive taste. This time I had the chicken. It was what I expected, but again seemed to be lacking. The broth was weak.
My husband ordered a banh mi beef stew (I'm not sure if that was the exact name of the entre). This was a beef stew in a sort of BBQ sauce served in a bowl with a side hoagie, nothing like the grilled meat banh mi we'd had in other places. He opened the hoagie and piled on the stew. It was delectable.
We ordered spring rolls which were very very good. Instead of the usual lettuce they had mint leaves. They had a fresh unusual taste. And again I pondered that exquisite peanut sauce -- I don't think I can settle for any other after trying theirs.
There were many different items on their menus that I'd not seen elsewhere. An abbreviated menu is posted on their website, along with many comments from satisfied customers.
I highly recommend giving Pho Quyen a try if you're up that way. Anybody been to the Pinellas Park location?
4505 Park Blvd
Pinellas Park, Fl 33781
8301 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33614
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