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PhoNatic: First Impression

30 October 2011 1,136 views 5 Comments

Last week, I had another surprising and delicious meal in a strip mall. Ilyse and I met Jessica at PhoNatic in the Northcross Shopping Center on West Anderson.

Jessica had seen the new spot while driving by, and wanted to try it since her current favorite spot for Vietnamese, Hai Ky, doesn’t have a location that’s on the way home from work.

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I was impressed with the self-serve bar that offered all of the traditional Vietnamese fixins.

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And everything we ordered was inexpensive, huge, delicious, and made with what tasted like high quality ingredients.

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Tofu Springrolls (106) and Grilled Beef with Veggies and Vermicelli Noodles (509)

This soup was from the PhoNatic House Specials menu and was recommended by the very patient woman taking our order at the counter. I’m so glad I took her recommendation, especially on the egg noodles instead of switching to Vermicelli, just because I’m used to those.

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Pork/shrimp wontons, chicken, shrimp, onions, cilantro, egg noodles, chicken broth (403)

I took half of my soup home and enjoyed it the next day for lunch. And here’s the atmosphere of PhoNatic. With its cheesy name, fast-casual chain restaurant atmosphere, and antiseptic look, I was not expecting to enjoy the dishes.

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But everything we had was complex, delicious, and generously portioned. I can’t wait to go back!

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  • http://twitter.com/austinfarm2tbl Kristi Willis

    You should let Jessica know that Hai Ky has opened in the old Triumph Cafe spot on Spicewood Springs.  We had dinner their last night and it was terrific.  I'll definitely try out PhoNatic as well.  Thanks for scouting the new hood for me!

  • http://twitter.com/austinfarm2tbl Kristi Willis

    You should let Jessica know that Hai Ky has opened in the old Triumph Cafe spot on Spicewood Springs.  We had dinner their last night and it was terrific.  I'll definitely try out PhoNatic as well.  Thanks for scouting the new hood for me!

  • Scott_i_morris

    I love PhoNatic.  A “regular” portion is two big meals.  As you said, the food is high-quality, fast, cheap, and delicious.  I think i will go right now!  Glad to hear Hai Ky is good too, that is on my drive everyday.

  • Scott_i_morris

    I love PhoNatic.  A “regular” portion is two big meals.  As you said, the food is high-quality, fast, cheap, and delicious.  I think i will go right now!  Glad to hear Hai Ky is good too, that is on my drive everyday.

  • Scott_i_morris

    I love PhoNatic.  A “regular” portion is two big meals.  As you said, the food is high-quality, fast, cheap, and delicious.  I think i will go right now!  Glad to hear Hai Ky is good too, that is on my drive everyday.