Taste of Tuscaloosa: Pho Town Brings the Flavor to Midtown Featured

Business partners Truc Dinh and Anhtu Bui are from Huntsville. They’ve been looking forward to bringing Vietnamese flavor to T-town. Business partners Truc Dinh and Anhtu Bui are from Huntsville. They’ve been looking forward to bringing Vietnamese flavor to T-town. Sheena Gregg

Ever since the Pho Town Facebook page debuted earlier this year, people have been chomping at the bit, eager to get their pho on. But what exactly is pho? Pho (pronounced like “fun” without the “n”) is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat … typically beef or chicken.  

As a popular street food in Vietnam, owner Anhtu Bui felt that Tuscaloosa was ready for some authentic flavors in its food scene.  

“I’ve seen a lot of restaurants in Tuscaloosa but hadn’t seen anything like Pho Town yet. This restaurant features many of my family’s recipes,” said Bui. 

Though Pho Town is not part of a franchise, it will draw inspiration from the other Vietnamese restaurants that Bui owns in the Memphis and Houston areas. Aside from pho, Pho Town will also feature other authentic Vietnamese dishes, including Com Tay Cam (hot clay pot entrees), Banh Mi (Vietnamese subs), Bun (vermicelli dishes), and other various entrees and desserts.  

In addition to the authentic Vietnamese food offerings, patrons will also be able to enjoy a variety of Asian beverages, including spicy fruit slushes and various bubble teas, made with boba pearls, little chewy tapioca balls that float through the beverage.  

Overall, Bui’s goal has been to bring the flavors of his childhood to customers in Tuscaloosa who are looking for authentic Vietnamese cuisine.  

“People will know our restaurant is different based on the seasonings and the flavors they are tasting. Our food is high quality, and I consider it healthy, because we use minimal oil and salt. Our food speaks for itself,” Bui said.  

For more information on Pho Town, including hours of operation and full menu, please visit photowns.com.  

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Sheena Gregg

Registered Dietitian/Assistant Director, Health Education and Nutrition Services at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheena-gregg-83612a9b

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