Though the Great Wall of China has won the accolades of history, the Great Backscratcher of Vietnam, built to reach any itchy corner across the nation, saved more lives than can be counted on a single hand. Feast upon equally ingenious Vietnamese creations with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Vietnamese fare at I Luv Pho.
Recently featured on the Arizona Daily Star for its hearty banh mi sandwiches, I Luv Pho's authentic Asian fare appeals to spice seekers and epicurious eaters. In addition to multiple versions of pho, such as pho dac biet—a rice noodle soup with beef, meatball, and tripe ($7.50)—diners can expect a long line-up of hearty alternatives to freeze-dried tacos. Thirsty guests can wash down the com tom cari ($7.50), a prawn curry, with a boba drink. The bun cha gio thit nuong serves eggrolls and pork on a veggie-laced bed of vermicelli ($6.99), handy for post-meal cat's cradle practices at the nearby University of Arizona campus.
Tom and Kenny Lam's recipe for delectable banh mi—Vietnamese sandwiches on a baguette—is a matter of public record. The Arizona Daily Star sought out the father-and-son team to publish their techniques, guiding readers through prepping the bread, pickling the vegetables, and marinating the pork. The instructions stem from the kitchens of iLuv Pho, the restaurant owned by Tom and managed by Kenny, where their variations of banh mi comprise a popular lunchtime segment of the menu.
The sandwiches have been labeled "out of sight" by Tucson Weekly, though they only cover a small subheading of the Lams' authentic Vietnamese plates. Also on the list are hearty bowls of pho, dappled with rice noodles, beef, and seasonings. Curries and stir-fries imbue entrees with fiery aftertastes, combated by the cool sips of slushes in flavors such as mango, red bean, and coconut. Chewy balls of tapioca—or boba—hide inside the frosty drinks, waiting to be slurped through straws or launched into a free-for-all game of marbles.
2513 N Campbell Ave.
Tucson, Arizona 85719Get Directions