Best Pho in Wichita
Pronounced "fuh," pho is a Vietnamese breakfast staple that has become an anytime meal in the U.S. It is a soup containing white rice noodles (pho) and a choice of protein in a distinctly rich, earthy broth.
Pho is judged by its broth, which is simmered for hours and seasoned with a combination of cinnamon, star anise, cloves and/or cardamom to develop its deep, soul-warming flavor. Pho is served with fresh vegetables and herbs you can add to taste—typically a combination of cilantro, onions, scallions, bean sprouts, jalapeno slices and lime. Some pho restaurants provide sriracha and hoisin sauce to further season your pho, but that's a matter of preference.
Wichita has many places to enjoy a great bowl of pho. Here's where to get some of the best pho in Wichita.
A newer entry to the restaurant scene, Pho KC has quickly gained a reputation for some of the best pho in Wichita. The broth is rich and flavorful and the portions are generous and filling. Order some spring rolls as the perfect accompaniment.
Pho Ong 8
This popular restaurant recently expanded to add more seating—and once you've tasted the food, you'll understand why. Pho Ong 8 is known for their duck noodle soup as well as their pho, which has a rich, tasty broth and super tender meat.
This family restaurant keeps a smaller menu so they can focus on what they do best—pho. Or, for something with a little more kick, their Bun Bo Hue (spicy beef noodle soup) is another local favorite.
Little Saigon is an easy workday lunch spot just a few minutes north of downtown. They offer large portions, so come hungry. Their massive menu has Vietnamese dishes as well as other Asian cuisines, but the pho does stand out.
Saigon Oriental Restaurant
It may be hard to find a Wichitan that hasn't been to this Vietnamese restaurant. This place is packed at all times during a lunch rush because their service is fast, attentive and your glass will never be empty! Their bowls of pho run small so order a side of egg rolls and carrot sauce.
Pho Le's Noodles & Sandwiches
Tucked away in Normandie Shopping Center, this small restaurant packs a ton of flavor into their rich pho broth. (You'll wish you could just drink it from a mug.) They also offer generous portion sizes at affordable prices.
This popular south-side restaurant is a full house on a Friday night. Their bowls of pho have a good flavor but they do run small so order a large! Add a fruit smoothie to the mix and you'll be good to go.