Pho and banh mi are coming together under one roof in Villa Heights

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Pho — a traditional Vietnamese dish made of rice noodles, broth, herbs and meat — is the perfect meal any time of year. Chef Trung Cao understands this and has now decided to bring the Asian staple to NoDa.

Pho at NoDa will offer traditional banh mi — which means bread in Vietnamese but is also the baguette sandwich filled with veggies and meat — and pho in one place, something that hasn’t been done in Charlotte very often.

“As someone who has been in Charlotte for most of my life, I’ve watched the growth of the NoDa area over the years and have always wanted to be a part of it,” said Trung Cao, owner of Pho at NoDa. “I love the neighborhood feel and diversity that the area brings and realized it was missing Vietnamese food.”

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Trung is no stranger to Charlotte’s food scene. As the owner of Saigon Bay, which has thrived in the University area for over 5 years, he knows what it takes to whip up the perfect bowl of the noodle dish.

The eatery will serve authentic dishes, meaning you won’t find any fusion food. “We are really looking to highlight the Vietnamese culture through our food.”

On the menu there are eight pho choices. Customers have the option to customize their noodle bowl any way they’d like.

Trung’s favorite dish, the Pho Dac Biet, is a combination of beef eye round brisket, tendon, meatballs and flank tripe.

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In sticking with the traditional Vietnamese cuisine, the restaurant will have several flavors of Boba tea available. Customers can choose from mango, avocado, lychee, green tea and passion fruit just to name a few. Traditional coffee, teas and juices are also available.

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and NoDa Brewing Company will provide the beers on tap, with more to be added in the future.

Inside, customers will feel like they have been transported to Vietnam. On one wall is a collage of Vietnamese farmer’s hats, while the other wall features a handpainted portrait of three women dawning traditional garb.

Pho at NoDa is located at 2100 N. Davidson St., Ste. A. It will be open for business Sunday through Thursday from 11a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11a.m. until 10 p.m.

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