Richmond, of all places, has become a real hotbed for Vietnamese and Thai food, with the influx of new residents hailing from the far east, and in this current down economy, this has turned into a real battle for diners in the West End of the area. Most restaurants that feature Vietnamese regional cooking have several of the same things in common - choices of several proteins, large portions, reasonable prices, and overall good service. How Pho Saigon distinguishes itself is in the freshness of their ingredients and their willingness to alter the menu to satisfy their customers.
As the family arrived, we were warmly greeted and were served very soon after being seated. As we discussed our son's allergy to beef and dairy with the server, the owner came over and assured that ANYTHING we wanted could be changed to accomodate this allergy. We were relieved and our son was excited to try the noodles and chicken in the Pho he was made. The menu also featured a kids area that did not fall into the normal "safe" areas of burgers and chicken nuggets, but rather featured the best and most popular of their noodle and soup choices tailored for the younger diners. Our younger son was thrilled to have the chance to tailor his meal this way.
As for the food, we could not say that we have had better in the area. The vegetables were fresh, the meats and seafoods that complimented our dishes were cooked and seasoned perfectly, and the portions were large and reasonably priced. The service was attentive and genuinely concerned that we were taken care of. Tucked behind the main road at the Lexington Shopping Center on Broad Street, this area has seen a renaissance of food choices in the past year or so, and it has also seen some favorites fold up shop, like Jimmy's in the front of the shopping center. It is more important than ever to patronize these locally owned restaurants if we wish to keep them around, and Pho Saigon should stick around for a long while based on many of the things that make a dining experience truly worthwhile and worth the money. Give Pho Saigon a try, you will be happy that you did!
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