Pho U & Mi brings more Vietnamese flavor downtown
A new Vietnamese restaurant has opened its doors in Huntington. Located in the former home of Clean Eatz, Pho U & Mi offers up unique sandwiches, noodle soups and smoothies. The restaurant is owned by the Phan family, which also owns Yen’s Sandwiches in Charleston.
“We started working on this building in April. It took us about three months to get ready. We had to do some remodeling to put in some booths for comfortable seating. We liked this location because it had convenient parking.” Alex Phan, manager of Pho U & Mi, explained. “Yen’s Sandwiches was started by my father-in-law. I had a pho (soup) restaurant so we combined the two businesses. We now specialize in the pho and the bnh m, which are the sandwiches.”
Customers looking to grab a quick lunch can enjoy a variety of sandwiches for under $6. Included in these options are the grilled pork priced at $5.50, a veggie sandwich starting at $4.50, chicken priced at $4.50 and a pork meatball for $4.50.
“What makes our sandwiches unique is that we make our own bread in-house. Most of the restaurants in town get their bread from a supplier, a bakery or a big-box store. What we have is made fresh daily. The bread is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside,” Phan said. “Of course, you can have them filled with anything you like.”
The menu also includes a variety of pho, a savory noodle soup. The menu includes a variety of soups in small and large sizes, though the small is still fairly generous. You can enjoy a small pho tai (steak eye round) at $7.99 or upgrade to the large for $9.25. There are also beef meatball and chicken pho, both starting under $8 for small sizes.
“We use the femur bones and boil them for six to eight hours to make the broth. We then add in spices, ginger, garlic and shallots which add to the smell. We serve it with rice noodles, a choice of meat and vegetables.” Phan said. “Another dish we are famous here are our curried chicken. Vietnamese curried chicken is very different than Thai curry chicken.”
Whether you are looking for dessert or to cool off on a hot day, the restaurant offers smoothies in such flavors as mango, kiwi, strawberry and papaya. There is also Thai iced tea and several flavors of bubble tea.
When Pho U & Mi was first announced, some people were wondering why the decision was made to open a Vietnamese restaurant so close to the Pho Noodle House on 3rd Avenue. Alex Phan thinks there’s room for both restaurants.
“I think there’s enough people to accommodate the two restaurants. I don’t think one restaurant can hold everyone. Huntington, Marshall and the nearby Tri-State area is pretty big. So I think there’s room for both of us,” Phan explained. “Vietnam is a very large country and the food is very diverse. There are hundreds of different dishes in our country. So everyone has their own specialties.”
Pho U & Mi is located at 1451 3rd Ave. in Huntington. It is open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. For carry-out orders or more information, call 681-888-5338.
NAME: Pho U & Mi
TYPE OF FOOD: Vietnamese
ADDRESS: 1451 3rd Avenue, Huntington
HOURS: 11 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
PHONE NUMBER: (681) 888-5338
PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash and Credit