Salt Lake City, UT

Good Vietnamese Food in Salt Lake City

S. F. Mori

Try out the Pho Tay Ho Restaurant
Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Dish)(Image from website

Years ago Vietnamese food was hard to find in Salt Lake City. There was one restaurant that we frequented quite often for Vietnamese food. That was in the days before pho became a popular Vietnamese dish in the United States. Then Pho restaurants seemed to be opening up everywhere. They became very popular. Now there are many Vietnamese restaurants in Utah.

Phở or pho is a Vietnamese soup dish consisting of broth, rice noodles (bánh phở), herbs, and meat (usually beef) (phở bò), sometimes chicken (phở gà). Pho is a popular food in Vietnam where it is served in households, street stalls and restaurants countrywide. Pho is considered Vietnam's national dish. Pho originated in the early 20th century in northern Vietnam, and was popularized throughout the world by refugees after the Vietnam War. Because pho's origins are poorly documented, there is disagreement over the cultural influences that led to its development in Vietnam, as well as the etymology of the name. The Hanoi (northern) and Saigon (southern) styles of pho differ by noodle width, sweetness of broth, and choice of herbs. [Wikipedia]

While talking with Rosie Nguyen, an award winning journalist who is an anchor for Channel 4 News, she told us about the pho restaurant that her mother owns and operates. Her mother cooks, and her sister helps run the restaurant. The name of the Vietnamese restaurant is Pho Tay Ho, and it is located in what used to be someone's home at 1766 South Main Street in Salt Lake City. Rosie shared with us the story of her mother's restaurant.

Pho Tay Ho was originally opened in 1995 by Rosie's mother who came to the United States as a Vietnam War refugee in the 1980s. She opened her restaurant in 1995 on the first floor of an apartment complex in Salt Lake City. Her rental agreement with the apartment complex ended in 2008. She didn't have a restaurant for a year, but then she was able to find a new location in a house on Main Street.
Pho Tay Ho Restaurant(Image is author's)

She was able to purchase the house for her business. She made it a "noodle house. She said of the new location: “No one will ever be able to kick me out of my restaurant again!”

Pho Tay Ho has received awards for their excellent food. They have been featured in newspapers and on television. They have been praised for their authentic Vietnamese food and reasonable prices. They also do take out orders as well as dine in at the restaurant.

Although they were affected negatively by the COVID pandemic, they are back to a regular schedule now. According to their website, they are closed on Mondays but open the other days from 11 am to 3:30 pm and 5 pm to 7:30 pm.

The restaurant got a good review from The Restaurant Guru.

Vietnamese cuisine is well-cooked at this restaurant. Perfectly cooked broth, pho soup and shrimp spring rolls can make a profound impression on you. Most likely, you'll come back to Pho Tay Ho later to taste good Vietnamese coffee, Thai tea or iced coffee.
At this place, you can order dishes as a takeout. The friendly staff welcomes visitors all year round. The terrific service is something these restaurateurs care about. Also, guests recommend this spot because of attractive prices. It's always a good idea to try something new, enjoying the cozy atmosphere. Based on the users' feedback on Google, this restaurant deserved 4.5. [Quote From Restaurant Guru]

There are hundreds of restaurants in the Salt Lake Valley preparing and serving Asian food to customers. These are mainly run by small business owners who love food and want to share with the public. A very good Vietnamese restaurant recommended to try is Pho Tay Ho in Salt Lake City.


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I am a retired President/CEO of civil rights organizations. I have been a Mayor and California State Assemblyman as well as a College Instructor of Economics. I have also been an entrepreneur and international business consultant. I will be sharing articles mostly about life, politics, racism, travel, health, and relationships.

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