Pho Oceanside ~ Oceanside

This is a bit of a re-visit, but I last mentioned this place was in 2013. This probably north of Convoy street is the best Pho in North County.

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Like all great Pho places, nondescript and in a strip mall.

Like Ramen, everyone has their 2 cents about pho. Their broth is deep in flavor, the price can not be beat and it will make you happy. As a writer I could go on “Oh the broth was like re living a childhood dream, it brought me back to the time when my Grandmother…:” F that. It is good food. Nuff said.

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Pho ~ Rare steak, tendons, tripe, brisket.

Go eat.

Also the pork chop is insane:) Highly recommend the egg rolls as well.


Pho Oceanside

518 Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside

#pho #food #foodporn



Birdseye Kitchen Lunch Report, Plus New Openings, and Coming Soon. ~ Encinitas

So, I was in Encinitas yesterday afternoon walking the 101, north of Encinitas Blvd. and decided to have lunch at Birdseye Kitchen after my first choice was closed (more on that later).

Birdseye Kitchen is a smallish cafe serving both Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. So after my first place did not pan out I made my way inside for what turned out to be a nice lunch.

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Birdseye Kitchen ~ 504 North Highway 101, Encinitas

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It is nice there main front window rolls up to give the dining room plenty of light and fresh air, especially on a hot day like Friday.

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Pork Collar ~ Pork collar and bang bang sauce.

A simple dish of tender yummy pork with a great sauce to go with it.

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Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam)

As good of an example of this dish as you can get. Light and full of Umami. I ordered an 8 on the spicy scale and it had a nice kick to it without overpowering the other flavors.

Birdseye Kitchen

504 North Coast Highway, Encinitas

As I was saying I had an original lunch destination. I had planned on hitting up a new Sushi and Bento box place that just opened called Ajito. It is the sister restaurant to one of the best Sushi places in all of San Diego, for traditional Sushi, Kaito in Encinitas. Unfortunately, the owner has taken some time off to spend with the family so they will not be back until August 22nd.

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The building on the left of Fully Loaded Juicery is the “blink and you will miss it” Ajito.

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The only signs.

Culture Brewing

Making my way to downtown Encinitas it appears culture Brewing is set to expand to a third tap-room. There were a few small Culture Brewing signs, a permit application notice in the window, and a large fan blowing along the floor like it was drying sealant. The space is next to Vuori Yoga Clothing on Coast Highway, Encinitas in the 600 block.

Just a mural I liked.

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Have a great weekend.

Pho Kitchen ~ Oceanside

So, Pho places, like sushi places are everywhere these days and as is true with both most are just OK, so it is nice when you come across a true gem.

Pho Kitchen is very new, they opened on the 25th of July.

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Pho Kitchen ~ 4121 Oceanside Blvd. (same shopping center as Chipotle and Panda Express)

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Very clean interior. Talking with Josh the Manager they wanted to have traditional Vietnamese food but in an updated setting. The staff was very nice and informed. While I was there they did a lot of take out business which is a good sign.

pho kitchen lemonade

OK, we have to talk about this. First off I love lemonade, I was craving lemonade when I came here (not sure if that was going to go well with pho but I can always palate cleanse with water)

That right there my friends is the best drink (alcoholic or non alcoholic) I have ever had. Water Melon and mint lemonade…no you do not understand. It is just watermelon, fresh lemon juice and mint in a blender no sweetener. It still had the pulpy feel of the watermelon…you do understand what I do on a daily basis how much food I have eaten how many drinks I have had…I do not pull that card very often but this drink is fucking genius. They are going to do a mango version soon and I will be back for that. killed two of these by the way.

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Pho #2 Filet, tripe, brisket, love

Really good Pho, nice broth, great noodles, and perfect meaty parts.

I would say as of now this is the best Pho in Oceanside. I think it breaks down Pho Kitchen, Mr Pho (bomb cheap Bahn Mis) and Pho Oceanside (because of that pork chop) and I would put Pho Lee in Escondido in there too.

Pho Kitchen

  • 4121 Oceanside Blvd
    Oceanside,CA 92056

They have a web address but it did not come I said still new