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Pho is for Lovers: A cure for what ails you

Just the smell of pho can make you feel like your cold is going away. What’s nice about the smell coming from a bowl at Pho is for Lovers, though, is that you didn’t have to go up to Richardson or Plano to get it.

The beef pho at Pho is for Lovers comes with filet, brisket and meatballs. (Photos by TAYLOR ADAMS)

The staff at pho is efficient in taking and preparing the orders, whether or not you’re staying in or taking a bag of the soup home to assemble yourself. If you’re a Dallas resident, then your drive home isn’t what it might be from a good joint up north, so your broth stays a piping-hot temperature.

The noodles at the bottom of the bowl are significantly better than when the restaurant opened up in the summer of 2011. Staying loose, they mix well with the beef filet and brisket which the steaming broth is finally poured over. (The beef pho comes with meatballs: I do recommend skipping these round, rubbery concoctions.)

The brown, paper sack is packed with broth, the pho necessities of noodles, scallions, onions and beef, optional items of sprouts, basil and sauce, and chopsticks.

After a crumple of basil and a squeeze of lime is added, a balanced broth offers a savory taste full of scallions and cilantro. A hint of ginger brings a slight sweetness that’s needed but not overwhelming.

The brisket is nothing too special: fatty, short slices of the beef get entangled in the noodles and offer a buttery bite. The real satisfaction in protein comes from the lengthy slices of filet. Cooked barely enough to be edible from the broth, this tender meat is worth digging through the soup with your chopsticks.
There’s plenty of other menu items to pursue if you’re not a pho lover or if you’re not looking to soothe your worsening cold. Try the grilled pork banh mi for a salty, crisp meat paired with fresh veggies in a light baguette.

The beef pho to go with filet and brisket.

Pho is for Lovers
Location: 5521 Greenville Ave., Ste. 105, Dallas972-708-1028
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: $
Service: Friendly. Walk-up order, to-go orders available
Ambiance: Clean, modern feel
Attire: Casual
Payment Information: Major credit cards accepted
Alcohol: None served
Seating: Indoor, with a few tables and chairs outside on the sidewalk

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Dallas food trucks to pull up to Stonewall Jackson Elementary Saturday

Ten of Dallas’ food trucks will park their wheels at Stonewall Jackson Elementary Saturday for lunch. They won’t take over the school’s field because it’s nice parking space, but because some of the school’s parents had the idea to raise money for the Stonewall Gardens.

Katie Brown (left) and Jeanne Ferguson organized the Food Truck Field Day at Stonewall Jackson Elementary March 31. Photo by TAYLOR ADAMS

Katie Brown and Jeanne Ferguson, both parents of Stonewall students, had the idea among a group trying to pick out a fundraiser. Going with the rising food truck trend in Dallas, they, and food truck owners, are expecting a good turnout for the event. Many of the people who operate the participating food trucks said that having such a gathering at a school is new–in Dallas, at least.

Read the whole story that ran in neighborsgo.

So is the cause worth going to the event? The garden is funded by donations and support of the community, plus, there’s a good lineup for lunch. Here’s who’s driving to East Dallas for the event.

The Butcher’s Son–Serving up Johnsonville sausage in every gourmet way they can think of
Cajun Tailgators–Cajun deliciousness on wheels
Dos Paisanos–This truck has both Salvadorian and Mexican cuisine
Easy Slider–It’s hard to believe there was a time before mobile sliders
Enticed Shaved Ice–The high tomorrow is 85 degrees: perfect for a gourmet snow cone
Gennarino’s–Three brothers from Naples run this Neopolitan-style friggitoria
Nammi Truck–Preparing Vietnamese favorites, banh mi
Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe–Get a grilled cheese any way you want it
Ssham BBQ–Korean barbecue tacos? Yes, please.
Trailercakes–Two trends collide with cupcakes and a food truck

Want to go?
Stop by Stonewall Jackson Elementary, 5828 E. Mockingbird Lane, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. Trucks are planned to be on the field behind the school. Admission is $5 and food is purchased separately from vendors.

Easy Slider is one truck coming to the food truck field day that benefits Stonewall Gardens. Photo by TAYLOR ADAMS

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Pho is for Lovers adds some delicious culture to Upper Greenville

I’m no expert on Vietnamese food, but I can say that I found some that serves up a delicious lunch for $6. In my recent article for neighborsgo, I wrote on Pho is for Lovers and its owner Diana Tang, who’s lucky enough to have her mom leading the cooking in the back.

Grilled pork banh mi at Pho is for Lovers. Photo: Taylor Adams

I had the grilled pork banh mi sandwich for a recent lunch. Tang relates this to a french baguette, which is probably valid with the soft roll of bread. It veers from French with the fillings, though. The pork was crisp on the outside with a surprising burst of flavor when you bite in. This sandwich is really worth dissecting and having the meat to itself, but the vegetables complement it quite perfectly. Cucumber, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro and some weak jalapenos may make you keep the sandwich in tact.

Beef pho at Pho is for Lovers./Photo: Taylor Adams

Rusty Fenton, owner of Rusty Taco, tells me the Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk is a must-try; but various teas and a Vietnamese jelly drink also grace the beverage list and Tang says bubble tea may come later on. The menu is fairly simple, says Tang, who might incorporate different dishes as weekend specials later on. For now, the banh mi sandwiches and pho are big sellers.

The menu at Pho is for Lovers was created to be simple and easy for anyone to order, according to owner Diana Tang.

Diana Tang with her mother, Ha Le, at the restaurant./Photo: Taylor Adams

Pho is for Lovers
Location: 5521 Greenville Ave., Ste. 105, Dallas, 972-708-1028
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: $
Service: Friendly. Walk-up order, to-go orders available.
Ambiance: Clean, modern feel.
Attire: Casual
Payment Information: Major credit cards accepted
Alcohol: None served
Seating: Indoor

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