Beloved pho spot Pho Hong Phat will reopen in Zaferia, May 21

After months and months of re-modeling, with owners expecting to open late, last year, the beloved pho space known as Phở Hông Phát will finally reopen in Zaferia on May 21.

Though I included the spot in my underrated restaurants list last year,  those in the know have never underrated it since it outshines other joints such as Pho America and 123 Pho and the definitive American pho that is Number Nine.

However, those in the know are in the few.

Phở Hông Phát’s focus is spectacularly simple: beef pho. And that beef pho is served in a tiny, packed, loud, no-A/C, Cash Only joint that eschews complexity or costly extras and sticks to doing one thing incredibly well. Sure, they have three options outside of beef pho—an alright chicken soup, a noodle-only soup, and a seafood soup—but these options are the only ones out of a list of nearly 20 pho offerings that revolve around beef.

From rare flank to beef balls, everyone appreciative of consuming beef will find something they like. My inner Creature of Habit always goes for the #10, Pho Tai Gan Xach with meatballs added; a cow-centric concoction of rare steak, tendon, and tripe. It’s an homage to the heifer if there ever was one as pink bits of beef float toward the top while swimming alongside the parts of the cow frowned upon by most American palates.

Phở Hông Phát is located at 3243 E. Anaheim St.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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