The Good 2 Go Taco gals, Jeana Johnson and Colleen O’Hare, are hiring for their new spot in the former York Street/Watel’s Bistro space in East Dallas. Mot Hai Ba (123 in Vietnamese) is expected to open by the end of April. Johnson says: “We will focus on dishes we have had and love from Northern Vietnam.” More details tomorrow will be released tomorrow.
Wednesday night, Travel Channel show Man V. Food Nation aired the episode they shot in Dallas. Our ace reality TV food reporter, Harrison Smith, dutifully watched the show and turned his report on time. I, however, failed to post it in a timely manner. My apology to Harrison. Below he recaps the show and incorporate lots of pho-ny puns in the process. And yes, that’s pronounced “fuh,” not “foe.”
Adam Richman lives the life I dream of: traveling the country, eating lots of food, acting silly, and getting paid. Richman hosts Man V. Food Nation, which, if the show doesn’t sound familiar, is to Man V. Food as tomato bisque is to the tomato. It’s the next step, naturally.
After traveling the country, eating lots of food, acting silly, and getting paid to do Man V. Food for three seasons, Richman now does the same thing—but invites seemingly normal eaters (like Pete McGillis of our own Dallas, Texas) to do it with him. Adam coached Pete to take down the Super Pho Challenge at Sprout’s Springroll & Pho. Pete had to consume five pounds of the Vietnamese noodle soup in 30 minutes.
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It’s no secret that we have a pho monkey on our backs up here on the 21st floor. There’s no explaining it except to say that, even in 100+ degree weather, the steamy goodness hits our bellies with satisfying savoriness. And it’s no small thing that the chopsticks force us to slow down and eat more consciously, which is never a bad thing. Yeah, yeah—we know that pho isn’t new to North Texas. From Richardson to Garland and points beyond, folks have enjoyed great steaming bowls of pho at Pho Bang, Phu Huy, La Me, Ba Le, and Tu Hai. More recently, Sprouts Springrolls & Pho, Malai Kitchen, Pho Colonial, and Pho is for Lovers have joined the party. Today we learned that Crimson Asian Cuisine will be adding to the central Dallas options.
Founded (as go-get-em Gubbins sleuthed out), by Salina Pham and Hanna Tran, the latest pho palace will open in Uptown on the corner of Blackburn and McKinney, across from Pinkberry (in the old Tahitian Noni Cafe spot). Gubbins quotes Tran as follows:
“We’ll do pho, and rice dishes, noodles, stir-fries, and spring rolls, but we’re giving it a more modern twist,” she says. “Not Asian fusion, which is kind of played out, just fine Vietnamese food.”
The shop is slated to open in late-August. They’re currently advertising for servers on CraigsList, so it won’t be long now. Stay tuned for updates.