Pho Binh’s south Houston location on Beamer is said to be the oldest pho restaurant in the city. The cramped seating and long lines on Saturday mornings has resulted in a “get them in and get them out” attitude from the wait staff. There is no fooling around—patrons are expected to sit and immediately place their orders. Pho is all that’s served here. Meanwhile, at Pho Binh’s trendier Westheimer location, you get much more accommodating service and a menu that includes rice dishes, other types of noodles, and interesting specials like a bone-marrow plate.
While the soups and entrées are similar to what’s offered at its sister restaurants (the original Pho Binh trailer and Pho Binh by Night), the Cypress outpost, equipped with a big, open grill area, features a larger menu with layer cakes, macaroons, and fresh juices. It’s also got more of a self-service vibe: you order at the counter, then pick up herbs and sauces from a salad bar–style cart, in addition to utensils. A friendly staff member delivers the food to your table.