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Just down the road on Highway 72 lies a hole in the wall restaurant called Pho #89. This place serves Vietnamese cuisine and has been given positive reviews by the community.

Riley Droppleman

The meal I ordered was one of Pho #89’s specialties – their seafood Pho. When Melisa and I got to the restaurant we both got bubble teas – a delicious, fruity concoction that was a bridge between a slush and a smoothie. I ordered a passionfruit bubble tea (I have lived in Hawaii and was eager to revisit the nostalgic taste of fresh fruit). When it was time to order our main course, I ordered the item I had never had before and hoped for the best.

When the food came out, the scent was alarming at first. The scent of ginger and fish oil emanated from the broth, along with other aromas I couldn’t discern. The waitress sat the oddity in front of me and I stared into the bowl. There was a lot of food in that bowl (as a born foodie, this was ideal). Pho, of course, consists of a stock of any meat or protein, thin rice noodles, and a blend of mild spices. This Pho had all of that and then some. There were chunks of squid, shrimp, and imitation lobster (or so I assume) mixed in with the noodles. I first started with the noodles.

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The noodles were just like any other amazing ramen I have had, so I was definitely not disappointed. The broth tasted odd at first, but the taste was one I easily got used to. At that point, I experimented with sriracha, pepper rings, and bean sprouts. Overall, the meal was satisfying for me
and my wallet!

 


 

Melisa Shaffer

I’ll admit it, I am a food lover. I love the different tastes of the different cuisines. That’s why I was so excited to eat at one of my favorite restaurants in our small community of Madison, AL. I grew up with different types of foods in front of me because of the fact that my mother
is a chef. My favorite type has always been Asian. That doesn’t mean I am biased about this place though. It’s a small place with a good family oriented feeling that should come with any restaurant in the south. If you blink, you will miss the sign that says Pho #89. But just because this place is small, doesn’t mean it won’t pack flavor into every dish it serves.

I ordered a mango bubble tea. Bubble tea is called bubble tea because of tapioca (yes, like the pudding) balls down at the bottom of this fruity drink. It comes in two different forms. There is a creamy style and a more slushie style. I, personally, do not care for the more creamy style of this delicious drink, so I opted for the slushie. If you don’t like Jello textures, I don’t recommend this drink for you.

Riley and I both order order our food as soon as our drinks arrive. She got the namesake Vietnamese pho, while I got the clay pot. A traditional clay pot has rice, a type of meat, and veggies.

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I felt a little adventurous that day and got the special clay pot. It came with chicken, beef, shrimp, and squid. I know most of you who are reading currently just lost your minds. When cooked properly, squid is absolutely delicious. When I first tried my entree, I knew I made the right decision. Everything was so perfectly balanced with amazing flavor. The only thing missing was a little spice, but there is siracha for that.

One of the best thing about this place is the price. This homemade vietnamese food wouldn’t put a dent in your wallet. I would recommend this place to people who are just starting to experiment with their food pallet or to regular foodies like me.

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