Sometimes You Just Need A Good Hole In The Wall ~ Oceanside

Hole in the Wall

Sometimes it is too easy for me to think of my home town as the 101 Coast Highway and the beach. I forget the Valley, East Oceanside, the “Back Gate” (sorry lot of Oceanside references geographically).

It is also easy for me to forget that some of the best meals I have had  are the ones at Mom and Pop places in strip malls; like the Ethiopian  place in Atlanta  I drove 20 minutes to find and was introduced to Kitfo. “Sometimes a great day is a Sunday in your Pajamas on the couch watching that movie you have been meaning to watch for six months” that is how I fit Hole in the wall places into my rankings…with a big smile.. …

So, there is this little strip mall along Oceanside Blvd. in between Collage Blvd and Melrose Dr. and unless you are an office worker in the area it really kind of is “no mans land”……Yet there it is a little Oasis of hole in the wall restaurants there.I have tried two and have two to go.

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Mr Pho.

I really like Pho Oceanside for North County Pho but heard good things about this place and that is what led me here. Nondescript exterior and interior with great service and my new favorite dish.

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Bun Bo Hue ~  Pork, lime wedge, cilantro sprigs, diced green onions, raw sliced onions, chili sauce, thinly sliced banana blossom, red cabbage, mint, basil, perilla, persicaria odorata

This dish is traditionally served with cubes of congealed pig’s blood. They are available on request and recommended as that how it should be served.

$8 including tax and full for the day.

I had great service and they really know their food. Plus $3.50 Bahn Mi sandwiches…grab one to go for lunch the next day.

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Thai Garden

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Honeydew Boba ~ Think fruit milkshake with extra love :)\

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This is my new dish for Thai restaurant ranking.

Tom Yum ~ Spicy and sour broth, shrimp, lemon grass, onion, lime, tomato, Kaffir lime leaf, galanga, mushrooms.

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That is Thai chili powder slowly dissolving like a depth charge of hot flavor into my soup (I smart to stick with a 7)

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Thai BBQ Chicken ~ Chicken marinated in special house sauce, sweet chili sauce, rice.

One of the better versions of this dish I have tried.

 

Mr. Pho

4750 Oceanside Blvd,
Oceanside, CA 92056

Mr Pho

Thai Garden

4750 Oceanside Blvd,
Oceanside, CA 92056

thaigardensd.com

 

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