Restaurant Peek: Pho 79
By: Joie Ha
211 E. County Line Road | Littleton, CO 80122
Tel: 720.283.6683 | www.pho79littleton.com
Hours: Sun – Thur: 10am to 9pm | Fri – Sat: 10am to 9:30pm
Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup, first originated in Northern Vietnam in the 1900s as a result of the innovation and imagination of Vietnamese chefs. During the French colonization, western beef was introduced to the people. However, the French only used certain parts of the meat, and threw away the rest. Surprised at the wastefulness, the Vietnamese began simmering the remaining pieces into a broth, experimenting with different spices. Ultimately, after countless times of trial and error, Pho was created. After the Vietnam war, the recipe began to spread, becoming popular in South Vietnam and eventually in America.
Pho 79 in Littleton aims to bring a taste of Vietnam to its area. With its closely guarded secret recipe, it boasts a unique taste special to its brand. The broth is brewed overnight to bring out the rich flavors, and is constantly checked for freshness and taste. The manager, Ivy Ha, aims to provide healthy and tasteful Vietnamese food to Littleton, as well as support local organizations on their philanthropic pursuits. Pho 79 stands as a restaurant dedicated to spreading authentic Vietnamese culture and cuisine, while striving to be an upstanding business dedicated to building its community. It opened in March of 2012 and has a sister Pho 79 restaurant that has been serving the Aurora community for 12 years.
The restaurant not only has a slew of options to include in the pho bowl, it also offers a specialties menu with more popular Vietnamese favorites. We enjoyed the Five Spices Noodle Soup (Bun Bo Hue) made of rice noodle in a spicy lemon grass broth with steamed pork, beef brisket, flank, tendon, and chopped pork feet. This spicy dish goes perfectly with Pho 79’s boba drink or milk tea—and you have dozens of sweet flavors to choose from! The Seafood Pho (Pho Do Bien) is also a special soup entree served with rice noodle, imitation crab meat, crab meatballs, shrimp, crab legs, and shrimp meatballs.
In addition to the soup bowls, Pho 79 prepared the Combination Vermicelli Bowl (Bun Dac Biet), which is a mixture of shredded lettuce, cucumbers, bean sprouts, mint leaves and cilantro. And the best part, the bowl was topped with white rice vermicelli and a combination of grilled shrimp, pork, beef, and egg rolls.
The space at Pho 79 is larger than most pho eateries which is great for large families or groups of friends. It is perfect for any celebration or event because the restaurant also offers alcoholic beverages and invites patrons to enjoy its daily happy hour.
PHO – Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup
Large $8.45 | Med $7.45 | Small $6.95
Rare Steak | Meatballs | Flank | Tripe | Tendon | Well Done Brisket | Shrimp | Chicken | Veggie
Vietnamese Summer Rolls (2) $3.95
Seaweed Salad $3.95
Vietnamese Sandwich $4.45
Seafood Pho $8.95
Pho served with imitation crab meat, crab meatballs, shrimp, crab legs, and shrimp meatballs.
Rice Combination Plate $8.95
Combination of grilled pork, beef, shrimp, and Vietnamese egg rolls served with rice, carrots, cilantro, lettuce, and cucumbers.