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Restaurant Information
Pho Xic Lo
1750 Wyandotte W, Windsor, ON N9B 1J1 View Larger Map
519.971.8288
No Website
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Price: $ (Cheap – $6-12 per meal)
Parking: Street and Lot behind Campbell Baptist Church (when there is no church service)
Reservations: Not Required
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Taster Recommendation: Best pho west of Vietnam
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Review

Pho Xic Lo is a Vietnamese noodle house located in the West End, a stone’s throw from the University of Windsor. The restaurant is unassuming. It’s the kind of place that is easily bypassed. The kind of place that generates its clientele cyclically by in-the-know regulars who bring friends who become in-the-know regulars.

Pho Xic Lo is staffed with waiters, but the arrangement is partially self-service. Seat yourself in the clean, unadorned dining room. The waiter will bring you menus and an order sheet to fill in yourself and once the food arrives (typically not long after you order) she won’t come back to check on you. When it’s time for the cheque, head to the cashier on your way out the door– cash and debit only. This type of set-up can seem impersonal and confusing for first-timers, but don’t worry, you’ll be back anyway and you’ll get the hang of it next time.

The menu is extensive with several types of spring rolls, rice noodle soups, noodle dishes, and rice dishes that are all very reasonably priced. You can get away with a hearty, filling meal for under $10. These prices and the restaurants location make it popular with the university crowd, and people like us on student-sized budgets who are content to go on dates at unromantic restaurants with cheap food and harsh lighting.

Aside from the prices, the food here is excellent and keeps the patrons coming back.

If you go, try the beef pho (there are a few different beef options, all of which are good) and don’t skip the extensive drink menu as there are several interesting flavours of milkshake to try.

Diner’s Favourites:

Pho Special – A huge bowl of rare beef, beef balls, tripe, and noodles in a flavourful broth this dish is comforting, satisfying, and the best thing on the menu.

Diner’s Thoughts:

Taster Girl

Pho Xic Lo is the restaurant in Windsor that I return to most often. I regularly have to indulge in my massive cravings for a big hot bowl of noodle soup that can only be satisfied here. I like to start with the vegetable spring rolls (which are alwaysright out of the fryer and burn-the-roof-of-my-mouth hot) and then I order the vegetable or seafood pho which I top with basil and bean sprouts (which are served separately) and a big scoop of hot chilies.

I’ve tried a handful of the noodle dishes and rice dishes before, and have never had complaints about any of them– the crispy egg noodle dish is quite tasty– but I generally stick with the soups which have a flavourful, perfectly-salted broth and are loaded with long rice noodles.Don’t miss out on the drinks! There is a particularly sweet and tasty three-bean milkshake which is not nearly as gross as it sounds. Plus, ordering it makes you look adventurous among all the newbie friends you plan to bring along.

Taster

One of the few Asian restaurants where I see Asian people actually sitting down to dinner. I have been coming here for the last 8 years. The restaurant has changed hands a few times, but the food and service still remain the same. I have tasted their vermicelli and their pho and according to my Vietnamese friends, both are reminiscent of what you would get in Vietnam. Pho Tip: if the beef isn’t cooked to your preference, simply move it underneath the noodles and let it cook in the broth for a few minutes.

Recommendation: Pho is the obvious choice. Add in their sweet or hot sauces to give this traditional soup a completely different taste.

Image Gallery

  • Beef Pho Special
  • Crispy Egg Noodles with Seafood
  • Toppings
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls
  • Lychee Milkshake


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