Kansas City: Vietnam Cafe (Vietnamese)

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One of the things I miss about NYC (specifically, downtown NYC) is good cheap pho.  I’m talking about the authentic, non-frills stuff.  Don’t get me wrong – I’ve lived on the Upper West Side, and there’s not really pho there that isn’t fancy/trendy/overpriced.  But access to phantistic pho (ha ha) was always just a subway ride away.  I was concerned I wouldn’t find the equivalent here in KC – luckily, Vietnam Cafe proved me wrong!  Definitely no frills but delicious, I’ve visited this place several times already. Yum!

The staff at Vietnam Cafe is friendly, quick, and I even got some good-natured ribbing when I ordered an iced Vietnamese Coffee at 7:30pm:



What can I say – caffeine has no effect on me, and Vietnamese iced coffee is delicious.  I downed that stuff and still slept like a baby that night.

Whenever I go for Vietnamese food, I always get the same thing – beef meatball pho (first photo).  Sure, the spongy texture of the meatballs takes a little getting used to, but I love that stuff. Yum!  Vietnam Cafe‘s version didn’t disappoint – the broth was fragrant and hearty, and the noodles a perfect texture.

I also ordered the summer rolls (which they called spring rolls, thoroughly confusing me – anyone want to weigh in?); they were delicious.


If you’re in KC and craving a big bowl of pho, look no further than Vietnam Cafe  – you won’t regret it!

Vietnam Cafe
522 Campbell St
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 472-4888

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  • Reply
    October 15, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I know/call your summer rolls as spring rolls! I’m from the South though. Maybe it’s a regional thing?

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      October 15, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      Oh, interesting! Maybe!!

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    October 19, 2015 at 12:54 am

    We have a ton of Vietnamese eateries in CA, especially in the Bay Area. It’s always called spring rolls. I’ve never heard of the term summer rolls before. Maybe that’s an NYC thing?

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      October 19, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Oh wow, good to know!! Yes, in multiple NYC restaurants I’ve been to, the crispy ones are called spring rolls and the rice paper with shrimp ones are called summer rolls.

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    October 19, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Did they have a fried version, and did they call them Winter Rolls? Now I’m craving pho.

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      October 22, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Pho sure! Actually, I don’t know.

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