I discovered Pho - Vietnam Soup by getting bored with the usual restaurants, especially when I am trying to avoid a overly filling large starchy meal
Started out with a couple of places further down Mira Mesa Blvd, but were not always the cleanest or the best tasting. Crowded and noisey with uncleared tables were a turn off. The broth was not consistently good.
During the past two years I have been driving past a place only a mile from home until I just had to try it.
Well, it turned out to be the very best prepared soups making for a very satisfying meal. The long simmered broth was light and easy on the stomach. A large portion off the VERY leanest ribeye center cut is thinly sliced and cooks at the table in the bubbling hot broth, which is promptly served after ordering. It comes with a large plate of VERY fresh and crispy Basil leaves and bean sprouts and several leaves of NGO GAI, which they do not know the English name for. Neither does anyone else apparently, since they have been trying to find out. I hope to have it within the week from the Vietnamese gal, who manages the NASA food service in Houston. There are several slices of a small green pepperlike veggie, also. Forgot to ask for name of that. But will ask on the next trip down the hill. There is more then enough noodles, and I have learned to ask for only half of the amount in the large bowl of PHO. It is just perfect now and I feel great. They also serve small bowls.
What is even more amazing is the price for the VERY highest quality served. At $4.65 for a large bowl, it is a steal. What is even more surprising is the 50% off for two bowls!! Certainly a large tip would still not be enough for the good food. I have never been disappointed here.
There are many more combinations with the usual choices of cuts of beef, that are typical for the Vietnamese. I order the same thing everytime cause it is so GQQD! High in protein and LOW in fat.
There is also Chicken soup, which I will have to try very soon.
The Spring Rolls are the freshest ever served to me, anywhere, and good to take home for a filling snack. Many more things are on the menu, but too numberous to mention.
PHO HOA HIEP is a family owned Vietnamese restaurant since 1991 located in Scrips Ranch/Mira Mesa at 9910 Mira Mesa Blvd. #A, San Diego, CA 92131. Phone (858) 578-1468. Hours Sun-Thurs 8AM-9:00PM (10:00PM Fri-Sat). It is located on the North side of Mira Mesa Blvd in the block East of the I-15. Go East to the End of Mira Mesa and make a LEGAL U-Turn, enter second driveway and turn to the right to park right in front of the front door.
Their other Location is PHO HOA HIEP - LINDA VISTA at 6947 Linda Vista Road #H, San Diego, Ca 92111. Phone (858) 268-8406. Hours Monday-Sunday 7:00-8:00PM.
This is family run and you will see them working to keep the places spic and span. It was recently remodeled and very comfortable. No dirty dishes or used napkins left on the tables.
Will look forward to your comments.