Posts Tagged ‘pinellas park’

Foodporn at Long Phung, Vietnamese Restaurant, Pinellas Park, Florida

goi cuonokay this restaurant has the greatest assortment of Vietnamese food I have seen here in the States. Open the album take a look at the scanned menu pages that I’ve listed. The food is authentic Vietnamese. and although I have only been in there a few times I have not seen another Westerner, but the place is full of Vietnamese people from the moment it from the moment it opens. The staff is polite and prompt and the servings are more than adequate. If you are in the area and want to expand your Vietnamese food experience beyond pho this is the place to go.
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Thien Na Restaurant Pinellas Park

Taste of Saigon, is now Thien Na, Vietnamese Restaurant, Pinellas Park, Florida

More on finding Vietnamese Restaurants in the area coming soon. Yelp, Foursquare,Swarm and Google a person could easily go nuts. I had passed this one a number of times on my way back from Wat Lao…Continue reading


Vietnamese Restaurant, Pho Kien Giang, Bun Bo Hue, Pinellas Park, Florida

pho kienAfter the delicious Bun Bo Hue at Pho 97 I decided to give it a try at Pho Kien, up the road a bit. The minute it arrived I could smell a bit of what I think was Cumin, but not for sure. At first taste the broth was just a bit spicier than at Pho 97, but not at all over the top.
Yes it sure seemed like a bit of cumin, but the  both was very pleasant. The noodle and the meat were fine and traditional. No surprises just the way I prefer it. A banh Mi from the Sai Gon next door to take home for a bit later.

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Vietnamese Food at Pho 97, Bun Bo Hue,Pinellas Park, Florida

bunbohueBack to Pho 97, in the mood for another vietnames meal that was not available in Thailand, Bun Bo Hue. Luckily I got there about 1000h as the place was filling quickly. I forgot that it opens at 0800. Bun Bo Hue is a soup particular to the city of Hue and I hadn’t been anywhere to get it in the past 20 some years and was really, really looking to it. I was not let down as this was another mighty fine meal at a mighty fine Pho Shop. My 30 second video was done on twitter and I included Mark Wiens YouTube Video “Bun Bo Hue – A Vietnamese Food You Must Eat”….

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Pho, Pho Kien Giang, 8730 49th Street, North, Pinellas Park, Florida

pho kienI want comfortable when I go to a restaurant. And I want authentic food when I am comfortable. And I don’t go to a restaurant for “home Cookin”. If I wanted home cooking I would do it at home for less money and better. The broth for pho, if done properly, takes hours letting the bone marrow give up its goodness and richness to the broth. I want real Nouc Mam, not watered down. I want things called what they are called in the country of origin, not cutesy western names. My 3 favorite Pho houses are in this neighborhood. I will be back…again, and again

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Pho Queen, Vietnamese Restaurant, Clearwater, Florida

pho queenPho Queen, Vietnamese Restaurant in  Clearwater, Florida has the same owners, or at least I was given their business card when I visited Pho Quyen, Pinellas Park. Right on Highway 19 at leat it is easy to spot as it sits in its own building and has a fairly decent roadside sign.
While Quyen, located on park Street and in the neighborhood of a bunch of Vietnamese restaurants and makets, the Queen is in the burbs and based on the folk who came in serves a different crowd. They order by the Number not the name of the food…..

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Cafe Bich Nga, Pinellas Park, Florida, United States

bich ngaCafe Bich Nga, was just filling up when I got there. The clientele seemed to be mostly regulars and all Vietnamese.
The place has an odd layout and may not appeal to the “refined” diner, as it is a Pho house noe more no less.
I had the Pho Tai, Vietnamese Rare Beef & Noodle Soup. The broth was rich, the beef was rare, only cooked by the both. The condiments were as traditional as the soup.
Service was quick and precise. I prefer not to chat simply order my food and have it delivered.
Sadly they were out of Banh Mi, perhaps next time….

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Taste of Saigon, is now Thien Na, Vietnamese Restaurant, Pinellas Park, Florida

thien-naMore on finding Vietnamese Restaurants in the area coming soon. Yelp, Foursquare,Swarm and Google a person could easily go nuts. I had passed this one a number of times on my way back from Wat Lao Mixayaram. Since the place was packed to overfill on Sunday my stop at Thien Na was a closer to 1100 than noon.
The $7.99 price tag on a bowl of Pho looked a pit dear until the bowl arrived. It was huge with plenty of rare beef, spring onions and a rich broth. I got a take away Banh Mi….

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Ben Thanh, Vietnamese Food,Pinellas Park, Florida

ben thanhThis a a Pho House serving traditional Vietnamese food and one of the few locations of any type that gets accurate reviews at Google Maps Reviews. Sunday lunchtime the place was filling up with Vietnamese families, 3 or 4 generations at a table.
Even the cafe sua da came in the traditional setup. Once again there was just one me so the usual first step, as usual was to check out the Pho, and mighty fine it was.
Next time in I plan on trying the Banh Xeo….

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