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

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Quick Bites – ND Banh Mi Oceanside

The other day I stopped by for a quick lunch to go at the recently opened ND Banh Mi in Oceanside. Last year I worked down in Linda Vista for a while, where there are a lot of Vietnamese and other Asian places that I frequented for lunch. That’s where I first encountered bánh mì, the Vietnamese-with-French-influence sandwich served on a baguette roll. So I was delighted to learn that a bánh mì shop had opened in Oceanside at the corner of Oceanside Boulevard and College Ave.

The place is very small, with just waiting couches inside and only 3-4 tables outside to eat at. It is really more oriented as a to-go place, which was fine with me since I was on my way home from shopping nearby. It’s set up like a typical sub sandwich shop, with a glass prep area were you can watch your sandwich being made and kibbitz about toppings and such. (Anyone know the Vietnamese word for kibbitz?)

I ordered the #1 House Special sandwich, which came on a house-baked baguette roll with several kinds of pork: Roasted and sliced, a marinated style, ham, and some sort of pressed sandwich loaf that I don’t know the name of. It also had the traditional pork paté spread on the bottom, though it could have used a bit more of that in my opinion.


The House Special sandwich. Super fresh toppings, just the right amount of meat.

I got my sandwich with all the traditional toppings, which include pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, sliced jalapenos, and a smear of that delicious Asian style mayo. I assume they use Kewpie brand, or maybe they make their own, I didn’t think to ask. It’s a lot better than regular American mayo.

The sandwich was quite tasty and reasonably priced, and was plenty by itself for a filling lunch. I had heard there might be a bakery side of the place, but I didn’t see it. It might have had a different entrance, because the main sandwich area was small and I didn’t see anything on display for purchase, just the rack behind the sandwich station.  I also ordered a couple of egg rolls that were okay but unremarkable. The strong, sweet iced Vietnamese coffee was delicious. I’ll definitely be returning here to try out more of the menu.


The sandwiches are about 7″ long and were plenty filling for a lunch meal.


ND Banh Mi
4160 Oceanside Blvd Suite 169
Oceanside, CA 92056
(760) 726-4650

Words and photos by Jason G

Pho Lee ~ Escondido

So, I was trying to decide where to go for lunch today and cover for the website. I narrowed it down to three places last night and then ended up going somewhere completely different. Which is usually what happens, so I don’t know why I go through the whole process anyway.

I ended up grabbing Chef Ian Smith at the end of his shift and going to have Pho at a new place that has opened up in Escondido in the last Month or so. The word of mouth has been good so thought it was worth a shot.

Pho Lee 1700 E Valley Pkwy. Escondido

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What all great Pho places look like…located in a strip mall next to a Joannes’ Fabrics (you know because big box 40 sq thousand foot fabric stores are still a thing)

Spring rolls

We ordered two plates of spring rolls to start.

Sausage Spring roll

Bo Bia Cuon ~ Spring rolls with egg and Vietnamese sausage. I had never had these and was eager to try them after seeing them in a photo in another review. Very tasty, lost of flavor and full of freshness. A lot of times the with spring rolls the rice paper is too thick or chewy; not in this case a new favorite of mine.

Shrimp Spring roll

Chao Tom ~ Spring rolls with shrimp and sugarcane.

These were second on my list to try. Luckily Chef Ian ordered these so we did a 2 for 2 trade. These were really fresh tasting again but lacked the flavor of the first ones.

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#1 Pho Lee Special Combo ~ Rare slices of steak, brisket, flank, tendon & tripe

My order, very good, nice depth of flavor in the broth and tons of meat and vegetable goodness. $7.50 by the way.

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#4 Pretty close to mine but ordered with no tendon and extra tripe. According to Ian “Very good”.

The “not so happy look” on Ian’s face is because he realized and admitted that adding Siracha half way through his Pho killed the broth’s flavor. (BTW he gave me shit for needing a fork so turnabout is fair play).

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Not sure what this picture is, I think it’s Ian explaining how T-Rex with his tiny arms could never have enjoyed Pho…or something like that.

I was very impressed with Pho Lee and want to go back. After talking to our great server Andrew, I learned the menu has grown but is only current on their Facebook page. They have added a lot of new and interesting dishes so i would go there to get a true feel for what they are offering.

Pho Lee has taken over as the best Pho for me in North County, replacing Pho Oceanside and Mr. Pho, both of which are respectable.

I was invited back to see behind the scenes and go over the menu more extensively,,which I plan to do in June. If you’re in the area or craving Pho and don’t mind the drive go check them out.

Chef thought they missed a marketing opportunity with the name though…

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Pho Lee

1700 E Valley Pkwy.
Escondido, CA


Pho Oceanside

Goi cuon (Vietnamese fresh spring rolls)Pork with Vermicelli Noodles (Bun Thit Nuong)

North County has very few options for Vietnamese food compared to southern San Diego County. luckily Pho Oceanside opened up about a year ago and fits the bill for a good Vietnamese option up here in Oceanside. Nothing mind-blowing just a nice clean restaurant with friendly service, and tasty food. I had the Goi cuon – Vietnamese fresh spring rolls and the Bun Thit Nuong – Pork with Vermacelli noodles. Way too much food by the way. I didn’t even come close to finishing it but I left content.