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[PDX] Portland Vietnamese (Part 2): Pho Oregon, Yen Ha, Mi Wa

extramsg | Feb 17, 200501:30 PM

Finally wrote up part two of my Vietnamese restaurant survey. As always, lots of pictures. This time, I hit three restaurants in the concentrated stretch of Sandy between 60th and 70th: Pho Oregon, Yen Ha, and Mi Wa. I'll give a quick summary of my results. (See link below for more in depth reports.)

Pho Oregon: A total dive, but their new location on 82nd looks better. The food, however, is quite good on the relatively limited types of dishes they have, almost entirely soups and stews. Possibly the best pho in town -- rich, but not greasy, fragrant and flavorful, tender beef.

Yen Ha: One of the oldest and still one of the best in town. Huge menu with 162 numbered items. You can get all Bourdain, if you wish, with frog legs, snails, intenstines, etc, but there are plenty of less daring choices. Huge portions and good prices. Pho is one of their weaker items, but still not bad. The mongolian grill should be ordered at least once by everyone who goes in.

Mi Wa: Newest of the three and unfortunately not very good. Their baby lotus salad is tasty, but a little spendy. Their pho is mediocre and their bo kho tomatoey and thickened with cornstarch. They also have Chinese and Thai dishes, but these aren't very good either. Their sister restaurant next door, Be Van, is much better, both in quality and value.



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