International eating isn't a dangerous adventure through customs, where the customs officer asks you to open your bag, and you refuse, which prompts him to teach you about manners by reading select Goofus and Gallant comic strips. Stamp your culinary passport with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Vietnamese fare and drinks at Pho Ao Sen, located in Mesa. This Groupon is not valid during the restaurant's Happy Hour, Monday–Friday, 3–5:30 p.m.
Called a “pleasant surprise” by the Arizona Republic, Pho Ao Sen serves traditional Vietnamese cuisine presented with contemporary flair amid an inviting backdrop of bare branches and exposed-stone walls. Galvanize your gastronomic safari with a soda sua hot ga ($3.50), an eggnog-like beverage infused with egg yolk and condensed milk, which can wash down the goi cuon spring rolls ($4), packed with poached pork, jumbo shrimp, lettuce, mint, and bean sprouts. For entrees, diners can sip the pho tai chin nam gan sach ($6.75), a traditional Vietnamese soup accompanied by sliced round and flank steak, brisket, soft tendon, tripe, and rice noodles. Those searching for vegetarian options can dive into the aromatic ca-ri bo chay ($9), its textured soy protein slathered in a spicy yellow curry sauce and served alongside a fluffy bed of rice or french bread. Visitors will find peace and serenity eating amid Pho Ao Sen’s water walls and modern booths, the ideal setting to relax after a long day working as resident poet of the steel factory.
1955 W Baseline Rd.
Mesa, Arizona 85202