Sunday lunch at Pho Dai Loi #2

What’s the perfect lunch for a dreary Sunday? Vietnamese PHO! And one of my favorite Atlanta spots to get it is Pho Dai Loi #2. The soup comes piping hot and fast. The place is clean and the prices spectacular. What more could you want to chase away the blues? Want to know more about Vietnamese food? Check out my Introduction to Vietnamese Cuisine, available on Kindle. There’s even a bonus section about where to get it in Atlanta.

Located on Buford Highway in the Saigon Plaza, near Dresden Rd. If you go, you won't be the only non-Asian in the place, but you can still count on authentic cuisine.
Located on Buford Highway in the Saigon Plaza, near Dresden Rd. If you go, you won’t be the only non-Asian in the place, but you can still count on authentic cuisine.
Need a jumpstart on the morning? Try a café sua da, Vietnamese iced coffee. Some assembly is required. It starts with finely ground, French roast that drips directly into the cup. Make sure to stir well so you mix the sweetened condensed milk into the coffee before pouring it over ice. Rocket fuel on a dark morning.
Need a jumpstart on the morning? Try a café sua da, Vietnamese iced coffee. Some assembly is required. It starts with finely ground, French roast that drips directly into the cup. Make sure to stir well so you mix the sweetened condensed milk into the coffee before pouring it over ice. Rocket fuel on a dark morning.
The rest of the meal comes quickly. This is the small bowl of dac biet pho (mixed soup) and contains eye of round, roast pork, tripe, tendon and rice noodles in a rich broth. The rare eye of round is thinly sliced and will finish cooking in the hot broth.
The rest of the meal comes quickly. This is the small bowl of dac biet pho (mixed soup) and contains eye of round, roast pork, tripe, tendon and rice noodles in a rich broth. The rare eye of round is thinly sliced and will finish cooking in the hot broth. The “greens” on the left are added a little at a time to improve the soup’s flavor. They include sawleaf, Thai basil, fresh mung bean sprouts, jalapeño and lime.