I live in the San Gabriel Valley part of Los Angeles where there are a lot of hidden gems in regards to Southeast Asian food. One such a place, and not all that hidden, is Pho 79 located in Alhambra.
I went there for lunch after running errands with Kitten Teeth. We were greeted very quickly, sat right away and our orders were placed in a timely fashion. I mention this because Pho 79 is notorious for either very good or very lackluster service.
This is what we ordered:
Order: #19, Golden shells (egg rolls) filled with meat and mushrooms
Verdict: While initially good, the grease and mystery meat kind of got to me. Even with the greens to balance it, I wouldn’t order this again.
Order: #22, Rare beef pho with Thai basil, bean sprouts, jalapenos, green onions, cilantro and lime to garnish
Verdict: Absolutely scrumptious! The broth was perfection on its own, but I’m a sucker for Sriracha and added it for spice. The beef was delicious, cooking in the broth with just enough pull until it tenderly came apart in my mouth. All of the garnish was fresh. A very addictive, simple dish.
Order: Spicy Chicken Curry with French Bread
Verdict: Not spicy in the least. Maybe ’cause we’re “white”? Unknown, but nevertheless still a tasty dish with freshly baked bread. Generous portions perfect to reheat that evening or the next day.
Not pictured is my beverage, their lemonade. It was fresh squeezed with sugar and a wedge of lime. It was magnificent.
It’s worth noting that while service came to a screeching halt while we waited to be given our check, all it took was an artful wave of the hand to grab their attention and wrap things up.
Prices: Less than $10 for mains
Would I Go Again? Yes
29 South Garfield Avenue
Alhambra, CA 91801