Chandler has a strong Asian community, and in turn, an impressive number of Asian restaurants featuring Chinese, Thai, and Indian cuisines, as well as a few you might not be as familiar with, such as Vietnamese.
If you’re not familiar with Vietnamese cuisine, think of it as bridging the gap between the familiar and the unique. Most Vietnamese restaurants offer spring rolls and egg rolls, and many serve a few Chinese dishes such as kung pao and sweet and sour. But they also serve soups with beef tendon and less familiar ingredients. (Don’t worry. You’ll like it.)
Ready to give Vietnamese a try? These six must-try Chandler Vietnamese restaurants won’t disappoint.
4055 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler
Phone: (480) 895-9090
Hours: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Closed Tuesday)
One of the most popular Vietnamese restaurants in the East Valley, Pho Chandler serves 12 different types of pho (a traditional noodle soup) plus other soups, all made with fresh ingredients delivered daily. Try the House Pho-nomenal, a combination of sliced eye of round, brisket, flank, tendon, tripe, and beef meatball, or the seafood pho with snow crab, shrimp, and scallop. If you’re not in the mood for a meal of soup, there are also noodle vermicelli, rice, and stir-fry dishes. The less adventurous can order egg rolls and Chinese menu staples like sweet and sour chicken, kung pao chicken, lo mein, and Mongolian beef. Entrees are under $10 with most falling in the $8-9 range.
Pho Viet Nam
393 W. Warner Rd., Ste. 103, Chandler
Phone: (480) 855-0300
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. Daily
Don’t let the fact that this restaurant is tucked in the corner of a strip mall fool you—it consistently ranks as one of the top Vietnamese restaurants in the entire Valley. Pho Viet Nam offers nine varieties of pho as well as vegetarian, vermicelli, and rice. The menu can be a little overwhelming, so if you’re not sure what to get, try customer favorite #38, Bun Thig Nuong Cha Gio, a dish of vermicelli noodles with BBQ pork and egg rolls. In the mood for a dish to share? Order the Vietnamese pizza, a rice flour crepe topped with pork, shrimp, bean sprouts, and fish sauce. Most dishes are priced under $11.
Saigon Pho & Seafood
1381 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler
Phone: (480) 786-8828
Hours: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Closed for summer vacation through July 1 – July 14).
This Vietnamese restaurant is one of the best values. Pho here starts at $5.95 for a simple chicken offering and $6.95 for a beef option. Other creative soups include duck with egg noodle and curry chicken noodle, both under $8. More creative soups, though, are pricier but well worth it. Case in point, the asparagus and crab meat soup (a small is $10.95, a large $14.95) or the fish hot pot ($14.95). Saigon Pho & Seafood’s menu isn’t limited to pho and soup, though; the restaurant also serves vermicelli and rice dishes.
Cyclo Vietnamese Cuisine
1919 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler
Phone: (480) 963-4490
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch; Tuesday – Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Named for the three-wheeled, hooded passenger vehicle pedaled by drivers in Asia, Cyclo is an upscale version of the neighborhood mom-and-pop with brightly colored walls and fruit-infused water. Start your meal with green papaya salad, grilled spicy beef salad, black pepper shrimp, or spring rolls. If you’re in the mood for pho, Cycle has four to choose from as well as a minced crab and rice soup. There are several vermicelli, pan fried noodle, meat, and vegetarian dishes on the menu, too. Whatever you order, be prepared to spend up to $12 per person plus beverages. Tip: Cyclo is BYOB so be sure to bring your favorite beer or wine.
AZ Pho & Grill
Phone: (480) 802-5356
3140 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler
Hours: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
AZ Pho & Grill has more than just pho, vermicelli, and rice dishes. If you’re hungry enough for appetizers, begin your meal with lettuce wraps, coconut shrimp, or one of several varieties of spring rolls. For something a little different, order a pork, BBQ pork, or chicken banh mi (a Vietnamese sandwich) with a boba tea, which combines milk, flavored tea, and tapioca pearls that are sucked through an extra-large straw and chewed. The restaurant also serves fried rice, but if you want to stick to traditional fare, you can choose from nine pho offerings including eye of round steak, hot and sour, and veggie. Most items range between $5 and $10.
Nam Pho Restaurant
2025 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler
Phone: (480) 907-6114
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Located in front of Lee Lee International Supermarket, Nam Pho Restaurant replaces Pho 68, a staple in the Vietnamese community for many years. The new restaurant serves all the authentic standards at a reasonable price ($6.95 for a large bowl of pho), but if you go just for a meal, you’re missing out. After you’ve finished, slip into the supermarket where you’ll find fresh produce, seafood, and meat as well as products from almost any country you can imagine. Chicken feet, Devonshire cream, or adobo, anyone?