My Tho

It is my opinion that some of the best food you will find in Wichita, or any other city for that matter, comes from ethnic, hole-in-the-wall places. My Tho, located at Central and Emporia, just so happens to be one of those dives that delivers good eats. There is little on the outside of My Tho that would lead you to believe that it is a restaurant, the small yellow sign doesn’t help matters as it advertises “Star Billiard”. But if you were to venture inside you would quickly learn that this is a place where one comes to dine and dine well.

My Tho: Conveniently located next to Baysinger Police Supply so you can get some Pho and then buy a taser

When we first entered on an early Friday afternoon I noticed the lack of a pool table, even though I could have sworn I have seen a pool table in the window while driving by at night. Where were they hiding this damn thing? Do they move it out every night and replace it with tables and chairs for lunch the next day? Anyway they had a good lunch crowd on our visit, but luckily there was a a deceiving amount of ample seating available. The decor was an instant classic and wins my award for “Best restaurant to utilize white trellis and fake flowers in a design scheme.”  The menu is strictly Vietnamese and consists of several types of soups and Banh Mi sandwiches. Steph decided to go with the ever reliable Pho with brisket and meatballs while I branched out and tried Bo Kho, which is a beef stew/broth with rice noodles.  We also ordered some French bread to accompany our soups. While waiting for our meal to arrive I had the pleasure of observing a mother whip out a small pair of scissors  and proceed to cut up her small child’s bowl of noodles. Wow, what a great trick to deal with those awkward rice noodles that never fail to slip off spoons and chopsticks alike causing violent eruptions of broth in every direction.

Our soups arrived within a few minutes accompanied by the usual Pho condiments including basil, lime slices, and sprouts. We were both glad we ordered the regular sized bowls because the portions were generous. Steph enjoyed her Pho although some of the brisket pieces were a bit fatty.

Delicious beef stew with bagette

My Bo Kho was very good as well. It was very similar to Pho, but with a darker beef broth and chunks of beef. Our small loaf of baguette was perfect for dipping into our respective soups. Throughout the meal both waiters were very attentive and frequently refilled out water glasses. I was particularly pleased with this since I had spiced my soup up with rooster sauce.

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5 thoughts on “My Tho

  1. Love the addition of photos! I have driven by this place many times but never realized it was a restaurant. I will definitely try it out!

  2. Great pictures! Love the caption about the taser. 🙂 I ate there once in 08 and at the time, was so unaware of Asian foods that I had no idea I was eating Pho (someone else ordered for me b/c I was clueless) or what it even was until I started reading food blogs. All I knew is that it was DELISH! (Although like your wife, I didn’t like the fattiness–but the Pho expert with me said that’s how it’s supposed to be??) It’s funny you reviewed this today b/c just today I was thinking about returning. Must be in the cards.

  3. First of all, love the blog! I’m an avid chain-free eater as well and it can be tough trying to find the diamonds in the rough in Wichita since everyone’s favorite restaurant is Texas Roadhouse ;-). Anyway, I do have to say though that this restaurant is pretty over-hyped IMO. I’ve lived in Wichita for almost 3 years and I have basically concluded that Wichitans are just flat missing out on truly good pho. Pho is one of my top favorite foods so I have tried nearly every place in Wichita. My boyfriend who is Vietnamese didn’t particularly care for My Tho either. The brisket shouldn’t be that fatty and they really skimp on the meat at My Tho. My bf and I both find it strange they don’t have spring rolls or Vietnamese egg rolls on the appetizer menu either – definitely the first out of dozens of Vietnamese places I’ve been all over the country that doesn’t have those items. I did try it a second time to make sure it wasn’t a fluke since everyone in Wichita seems to think it is great and I thought the same things the second time.

    I don’t know if it is just a lack of exposure to pho or Vietnamese food for Wichitans or what? Anyway, I’m still on the hunt for a bowl of pho that compares to the places in OKC! I think my favorite I’ve tried in Wichita so far is probably Pho Chopstix out west. Their Vietnamese sandwiches are a lot better too.

    1. Thanks for the comment. My favorite Pho in town is at Pho Hien on North Broadway, but I hear that Saigon Bistro is good as well. Thanks for the tip on Pho Chopstix, I have not been there before.

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