Pho 888 offers variety from Vietnamese to Chinese and Thai foods

Pho 888 offers variety from Vietnamese to Chinese and Thai foods

If you want variety, Pho 888 has it. The restaurant has nearly 100 items on its menu, ranging from Banh Mi sandwiches to curry to fried rice and, of course, pho. Pho 888’s focus is Vietnamese food, but there are also Chinese and Thai portions of the menu.

The restaurant has a large, well-lit dining area with booths and large tables that can seat six or more. It’s a good spot when you have a large group who wants to eat cheap and needs a variety of options. Most items on the menu are $8, and Banh Mi is $2.50-$3.50 per sandwich.

For my lunch I went with No. 47, an egg noodle dish (you can get them crispy or soft, I went with crispy) served with beef, chicken, shrimp and vegetables ($7.95). It’s a huge dish, with a nest of noodles sitting in a soy sauce and filled with veggies and meat. It was very hot, fresh and arrived quickly. This is a plate that could easily become two meals.

My co-worker went with No. 27 ($7.95), a vermicelli dish which the menu describes as being served wtih “grilled meat.” The server didn’t ask what kind he wanted, but it appeared to be beef. He had no complaints, but if you want chicken you should try specifying that when you order.

Our lunches arrived with a hot sauce, but if that isn’t to your taste there are lots of other hot sauces already on the table. A lazy susan was stocked with sriracha, fish sauce, hoison, soy, and another mystery sauce that looked like it would be pretty hot.

Pho 888 is just a short hop from downtown and has service quick enough that you could easily make it there and back on your lunch hour. With a menu this diverse, you could eat there every day and never get tired of the available options.

Pho 888

Where: 1521 Second Ave.

Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. Closed Tuesdays.

Info: 515-288-1595 or

Our receipt

No. 27: Grilled meat and egg rolls with vermicelli – $7.95

No. 47: Crispy egg noodles with beef, chicken, shrimp and veggies – $7.95

Total with tax and tip: $20

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