3464 Pentagon Blvd., Suite C
Dayton, OH 45431
Friendly puns and food jokes decorate the walls of this new Vietnamese restaurant which is set up shop in Beavercreek along the well-traveled road near the Mall at Fairfield Commons. Cute What da Pho offers a sleek, modern Vietnamese concept as this kind of food sees greater acceptance in Dayton amid a small number of popular dives. But these recipes offer a pretty tasty experience whether you are a tried-and-true fan or are getting your first taste.
The menu is focused on a few of the popular kinds of dishes that have gained a following in America. Some of the things to try.
- Gỏi cuốn: Also known as summer roll, which are wrapped noodles, veggies, shrimp and pork and served with a hoisin-based sauce. Really good way for two people to start off a meal.
- Phở: Vietnamese cuisine experts will tell you that the key to good pho is in the broth. This one is light and has a nice thin sliced beef to accentuate the noodles that has become synonymous with good Vietnamese.
- Bún thịt Nướng: This is the most popular version of the Vietnamese noodle bowl, and a good place to start if you’re unfamiliar with the cuisine. It’s a bed of noodles and veggies and topped with the most wonderful sliced, grilled pork. Then it’s topped with a fish sauce-based salty creation called “nước chấm” that is wonderfully seasoned. It does have a dose of salt in it though.
- Bún bò Huế: This is a popular noodle dish hailing from central Vietnam. Thick rice noodles, pork blood pudding, and a special kind of ham prepared per a norm in the central highlands. This dish is assertively spicy, to warn you. That’s not to say though that it isn’t wonderful. It’s wonderful.
The little restaurant is a funny thing; it draws in a ton of people during the weekdays and it seems to manage that crowd pretty well. For a business that opened so recently, it’s really got a handle on those crowds. And the prices are very reasonable, which makes sense too. Vietnamese street food is very cheap when you’re traveling through Vietnam.
The secret to the flavor really is in fresh vegetables, meat and seasonings. You have to have some of that to really succeed, and I think this place has successfully managed to do so. Prices are great, service is good and getting faster all the time, and I found it a great representation of Vietnamese food.
- I would best suggest this place as one to take a small group, because it seems to have an interest during lunch hour but not a space for larger groups.
- The noodle soups (pho) are amazing. This is a signature dish in Vietnam and people take a lot of pride in it.
- Give a try to the appetizers and drinks too, because they give a good sense for what this restaurant offers.