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