Pho 88 is a family owned restaurant that offers a vast selection of authentic Vietnamese dishes. Our popular and delectable pho (beef noodle soup) is a must try! We also serve other appetizing dishes such as rice, stir-fried, rice vermicelli, egg and clear noodles, and vegetarian dishes. We offer a variety of drinks to quench your thirst from our most popular Vietnamese ice coffee with condensed milk to import beers and wine. Pho 88 is a great place to come in for lunch and/or dinner, and has a spacious dining area to host big events. We also offer catering services for special occasions.
Pho 88 has been featured in reviews from the Orlando Weekly, Gayot.com, Trip Advisor, Orlando Sentinel (2001), Orlando Chow and was awarded the Foodie Award in 2001 and 2002 for Best Vietnamese by the Florida Magazine.
I don't even know why I write a review since there are more than 400 already, which goes to show that the place is popular, successful, and deserves it. Why 4? Well, this is a Pho soup place, com'on! I can't put 5 stars, but I'd gladly put 4.5 if I could (When will yelp allow half stars? Life is subtle, it sometimes requires half measures!)Been many times, Pho Thai soup is great, I occasionally order spring rolls, which are great too, inexpensive and you walk out of there in good shape. One thing I noticed too is that the sprouts they hand you with the soup are actually very fresh, a rare sighting in Pho places. :)In a nutshell, this is a Pho place like many others in North America, but one that manages to be consistent in quality, a feature not so common to even other very good restaurants.
I met a friend of mine here for lunch one afternoon. He had never been here before, but I have. My friend enjoyed several appetizers for his lunch. The chicken wings they serve here look absolutely awesome. I had some shrimp spring rolls, you know, the kind that you can see through the wrapping. They were served with that delicious peanut butter sauce, that sauce was all gone by the time I was done. I also enjoyed a brisket pho(soup, for you newbies). Of course I poured all of the side vegetables that they bring to the table. The soup is so hot, that it cooks the vegetables while it's sitting in the broth. I had a lovely time with my friend Jonathan. We both cleaned our plates. Pho88 is worth a return visit.
Pho 88 is a traditional Viet restaurant not only in the sense that it serves traditional Viet cuisine (which it certainly does) but it also has the trappings--for better or worse--in terms of service and atmosphere of an old-skool Viet restaurant. Central location in a "little Vietnam"? Check. Bright lights, attempts at poshness that are a bit worn on the edges, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors? Check. Inattentive waiters? Check. Vong co* music on the stereo? Check. All of this conspires to provide a beautiful, almost overwhelming, feeling of . . . if not quite going back in time, at least truly entering an enclave of an ethnic community. Aside from the slow and sometimes-indifferent service, it's a wonderful thing. What about the food? I had pho bo vien (pho noodle soup with beef meatballs) and my friend had pho ga (pho noodle soup with chicken). We both had spring rolls with grilled pork. Everything was very flavorful and the pho was served with ample accompanying sides including very fresh lime slices to flavor it to our tastes. The food came out promptly, however, once the pho was on the table the waiter disappeared. My friend said he "must have dissolved" because he seriously just vanished. I finally flagged down another waiter and implored his help because we had a show to catch over at Backbooth shortly. Finally, we got out of there. Don't come here if you're in a hurry, kids, just don't do it. Come for great food, but not if you're in a rush. *A word on vong co, the traditional Viet music I mentioned above: I'm a huge vong co fanboy and find it a shame it's not known like J-pop or K-pop are. Vong co is Viet-pop songs that combine traditional instruments and melodic progressions with somewhat-contemporary themes and lyrics but what really is awesome about it is, it comes from a theatrical tradition and is seriously, amazingly, over-the-top--not in a faux-dramatic Mexican soap opera sense, but in the level of musicianship and the long, six-minute-plus stemwinders of songs. Phi Nhung is a vocalist, songwriter, actress, and director who really has thrust vong co into what it is today. Vong co is worth checking out--at least pay attention if you hear wistful love songs while you're eating your pho.
I went here for dinner with my husband and 13 year old daughter. We have had Vietnamese food before, so we knew what to expect. Soup is usually a safe bet for kids, so she loved the pho. She and I ordered smoothies with our meals- jackfruit and avocado. Both were sweet and delicious! We all enjoyed our meals and... More
This is in Orlando's Mill District and has been here for many years. The two of us ordered 4 dishes (way too many) because we wanted to really check them out as we were driving home to Tampa. Their Pho was delicious as was the Banh Mi sandwich. We also enjoyed the lemongrass chicken quite a lot. It was a... More