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Pho Que Hong Vietnamese Restaurant

430 Green Springs Hwy., Homewood
This small restaurant is short on atmosphere but long on authenticity, and the prices are very reasonable. They serve the traditional "pho" beef noodle dishes accompanied by bean sprouts and herbs - usually basil and peppers. Here's a good thread about the restaurant on Chowhound.com: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/481849. Named a "hidden gem of dining" in Birmingham News City Scene, March 2009, which said, "Don't let the strip-mall setting turn you off ... Don't leave without trying the spring rolls, prepared with ground pork, shredded carrots and bean thread noodle."

Posted on Monday, June 4, 2007 at 10:12PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments15 Comments

Reader Comments (15)

Que Hong is a gem! Recently refurbished, the decor now matches the quality of the food. For the neophyte, order the Pho Tia - a brothy noodle soup served with thinly sliced raw steak that cooks immediately when added to the broth. It comes with fresh basil leaves, sprouts, limes wedges, and jalapenos that you can add to taste. The noodle bowls are fresh and delicious - layers of romaine, noodles, and your choice of protein covered with a sweet and sour dressing. I am also fond of the shrimp omelet (not like any you've had before). You can start your meal (or make a meal of) the radish, carrot, pork, and shrimp salad - it comes with a slightly sweet vinegar-based dressing. I love the summer rolls. They are filled with fresh sprouts, shrimp, basil, and more, but my husband prefers the spring rolls (fried and without any seafood). Finish your meal with the coffee - brewed at your table and poured over sweetened condensed milk (Elvis would have loved it!) Note: The service here isn't as attentive as you will find at other places...be prepared to flag down your server for refills. Also, don't wait for your check at the end of your meal...just drag your overly-full self up to the counter to pay.(December 2006)

June 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRebeca Stafford

As a Vietnamese transplant from Texas, I was desperate for Vietnamese food like we have in Dallas's "Little Saigon". The moment I saw Pho Que Huong, I swerved in, and was cheered to see the typically tacky decor.
I ordered, (to go), an appetizer of summer rolls and entree of bun thit nuong(vermicelli noodles with grilled pork).
One bite of the summer rolls had me gagging. The shrimp was plainly spoiled, and the rolls were missing traditional fresh herbs such as chives, mint, or cilantro.
Luckily, the bun didn't threaten physical illness, but was also inedible -- even my dog wouldn't touch it. The "grilled pork" was unrecognizable, and tasted like charcoal.
I took my Vietnamese born father for a visit, and he ordered the pho. After one bite, he looked at me with horror, and said he would never eat Vietnamese food again. (February 2007)

June 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn Lam

This is my new favorite restaurant. I recommend you order 18A if you are a newcomer. The Pho is great and there is a good mix of people with and without vietnamese ancestry who frequent the place weekly. The owners are very nice. If you have never had vietnamese food, dont expect it to resemble chinese food(or our version of it at least). Most of the choices are very healthy and there is no need to douse everything with sauces. If you go on a friday night you will probably see me in the corner fumbling with my chopsticks!

October 5, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

As a transplant from Cali, I found this mediocre at best. After the redocration, the food went downhill even more.

November 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterShia

Never in 13 years have i ever heard complaints as ridiculous as these from "Carolyn Lam". If you do not like the restaurant's food then I am sorry. For over a decade the family of this business has endured hardships to represent Vietnamese culture and heritage in an area so devoid of it there isn't another Vietnamese restaurant in the entire Birmingham city. Why don't you TRY and open a Vietnamese restaurant yourself and let us see how you do it? (Edited for tone by Bhamdining editors)

April 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEric, owner's son

Opinions are like assholes, everyone's got one....Eric's comments are enough to make me not go back. He was born and raised here...so what about culture? The food was good and is nice to have something different in Boringham. Worth a stop, good prices.

June 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGET REAL

Eric, if you are the owner's son you should be a little more customer centric and allow other people to have an opinion. How about "I'm sorry you've had a experience... most people enjoy our food" approach to detractors? (Edited by Bhamdining.com)

July 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Appalled

I used to frequent Que Hong on a regular basis. The food is good but not spectacular. I would agree also that the service is lacking at times in terms of drink refils or periodic checks for customer requests.

This is a very casual restaurant, not a fine dining experience. We liked the redecoration and did NOT notice any changes in food quality that corresponded to that.

We never had anything that tasted spoiled. I would agree that perhaps some menu items do not have the "fresh" taste Carlyn alluded too, but my opinion is that this is perhaps a difference in the style of preparation. Que Hong is not my favorite place in town, but it is the ONLY vietnamese option and for what it is, the food is satisfactory.

July 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbg

Eric is a good kid. Dont be so hard on him. His family has been through much adversity, such as the loss of his father, and has kept the restaurant going through all this. I think the food is great and frequent the restaurant on a regular basis. Should he have responded to the lady in that manner; probably not. Should she have been so over-the-top in her comments; probably not. Que Hong has been the only representation of Vietnamese culture in Birmingham, much as Brody's is to Jewish Culture. They do a good job and I suspect that Ms. Lam visited on an off night.

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

Authentic and delightful! If you are in the mood to take a friend to a place where you can have good conversation, pleasant surroundings, and friendly service then this is the place for you! Now on to the most important quality - THE FOOD is fresh, with generous helpings and very reasonably priced. I love this place!

April 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwendy price

THis restaurant is HORRIBLE. When we ordered the sautee noodles, it was simply had to flavor. The only reason that this restaurant is still in business is because American people doesn't understand what is good Vietnamese food. This is not good Vietnamese food. This restaurant should be ashame of itself. Plus the cook is not even Vietnamese...Don't Go Here!!! There are better places like Pho Hoang.

This is one of my favorite places to eat in Birmingham, especially since they renovated the interior. We can take our two young children and experience a delightful change from the standard Birmingham fare. The Pho spicy bowl is absolutely my favorite. I would also recommend the other noodle bowls. Although I am not a "true vietnamese person" nor am I sure what that means is you are posting a review on this site, I would highly recommend going to Pho Que Hong either for lunch or dinner.

Additionally, I have noticed the service, drinks etc., has improved during the last year.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterB-Dawg


June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMARY KACI

Spotty quality, some days it is good some days it is bad. I agree with "true vietnamese," most people in Alabama do not know what good vietnamese food should taste like. WHat i do not understand is why so many asian restaurant refuse to serve authentic food to everyone. This is a big problem in California too. I guess they do not think our palette can handle authenticity. Vote with your pocket book.

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