Camp Pho recently opened in the former Tasty Goody space on Lincoln and Vernon (same strip mall as Mon Petit Poulet). The young couple behind this pho eatery are the son and daughter-in-law of the Vietnamese couple who opened and operated Tasty Goody. They are both super nice and contemporary on one hand, but also have honor and respect for family and tradition. And like their immigrant roots, they have strong backs. The wife manages and help out in front. The husband operates the kitchen.
Working diligently along with his parents, the son was familiar with the neighborhood and surrounding area. Being that this general area lacks any serious attempts at pho, I think the son saw an opportunity to offer something legit. The wife indictated that they were disappointed with the watery versions around town that lacked the depth full flavors that one would expect from more traditional versions. The recipe behind the pho broth originates from their family’s recipe. This broth is the product of a two-day process.
I don’t eat pho often - soupy things aren’t in my top five list. But the flavor of their version does deliver on depth and nuance. Truly enjoying the broth, I left nothing in the bowl. My only complaint was that some of the noodles were stuck together. Otherwise, this was a very comforting bowl of soup noodles on a cool night.
Camp Pho has a hip vibe. The interior is a lot of wood and the soundtrack is trendy, upbeat and loud. It is in keeping with the new iteration of this once rough-on-the edges neighborhood - something the parents knew all too well. Upon seeing the place, one’s first impression might be, “Eh - just another pho joint slingin’ dishwater pho to unknowing hipsters.” But look beyond that, give the pho a try and then decide.
Open 1700-2200 daily
715 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291