Pho, Bun, and Banh Xeo at Top Pan

Did the title of this post look like a completely alien language to you?  Don’t worry, because by the end of this post, you’ll know what every one of those things are!  Hint: they’re all edible!

First off, Top Pan* is an Asian restaurant in South Florida.  It’s pretty new, so my family and I decided to check it out two weekends ago.  (By the way, you might not find it online if you’re searching for “Top Pan,” since it recently changed it’s name to “Brandon.”  Why?  No idea!)  Anyhoo, we ordered some Vietnamese, like we had at Little Saigon in Orlando just over a week ago.  Guess you could say we were on a Vietnamese kick.

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We ordered the traditional Pho Dac Biet, which translates to the Pho Special with a miscellaneous combination of beef parts, like tripe, tendon, brisket, flank, and meatballs.  In this bowl in particular, plenty (read: too much) of onion was added for flavor.  Overall, pretty standard fare.  Nothing stood out for me, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  I’d rate it a good-fine.

We also ordered the Bun Dac Biet, with spring roll.

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Nothing Special About the Pho Special

After being a blob in front of the TV for most of this past week, I felt like getting out and doing something different this weekend.  I decided to head north to West Palm Beach to check out the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.

Of course, I couldn’t go to a new place and not try a new restaurant nearby.  That would just be plain blasphemy!  After spending a good 30 minutes on Yelp this morning, I settled on a Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Vn in Boynton Beach, about 10 miles south of my final destination.  (My philosophy is that any restaurant that has more than 4 stars and more than 50 reviews is worth trying out.)

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Tucked away at the back of a shopping plaza in Boyton Beach, Pho Vn is a relatively small shop, with no more than about 10 tables inside.  010415_phovn_pho1

I ordered the Pho Special, which came with noodles and a couple different types of meat (brisket, tendon, tripe, meatballs), in a flavorful broth.  Pretty regular Vietnamese fare — and yes, I will judge a restaurant by how good their Pho Special is!  My take on the one at Pho Vn?  Standard.  No more, no less.  Tastewise, it wasn’t the best I’ve ever had, but wasn’t the worst either.  I’d give my order an okay.  It also came with some herbs and bean sprouts on the side — typical pho add-ons.

To be honest though, after seeing the rating and reading the reviews on Yelp, I was a little disappointed, partially because of the relatively small serving size.  $9 for a bowl of pho that left me hungry by 6:30p… and I had only finished eating a bit after 2:00p!

010415_phovn_insideI will say that the inside of the restaurant was nicely kept, and the waitresses were polite.  I’d say those — and not so much the food — were the highlights of my visit.

*Location:
344 North Congress Avenue
Boynton Beach, FL 33426