Last Sunday I headed out to Stony Point Road intending to try the new folks stepping into "Real Gyro's" former location. Although it was flying a "grand opening" banner, it wasn't open for business yet. So, I went next door to Pho Vietnam to get a light bite on this warm evening.
A cold bowl of bun with grilled pork and cha gio was just the ticket. The juicy pork is still very good and one of the best examples with a tasty marinade and grilling to order, not premade and then reheated. The cha gio was fine, but not as tighly wrapped as I've had here before. Lots of veggies, including carefully scored cucumbers and plucked bean sprouts, added a refreshing crunch and green vibrancy. The rice vermicelli were just right, not too soft or too firm, and cut into easy to eat lengths. I still like the slight kick of heat in the nuoc cham here.
On the way to the rest room, I peeked into the kitchen and saw all Latino faces. There used to be one or two members of the Vietnamese family cooking, but not on this day. They're doing a good job with the family recipes. In the front, the cashier and the wait staff were also Latino, and they're more polite and better servers than the previous crew. At first I thought the restaurant might have changed hands, but did see the lady owner on the floor before I left.
With a lemon soda (fresh squeezed lemon juice and club soda), tax and tip, my tab was less than $10.
Pho Vietnam [Sonoma County]
711 Stony Point Rd.