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Vietnamese food comes to Pittsburgh at the Strip

For more than three years, Pho Van offers healthy and home made lunch and dinner entrees from Vietnam at the Strip in Pittsburgh.

Owner Quang Bright preps and chops fresh vegetables for the lunch crowd.
Owner Quang Bright preps and chops fresh vegetables for the lunch crowd.
Jeannette Herreria
Pho Van brings Vietnamese food to Pittsburgh
Jeannette Herreria

This popular area, crammed during the weekends, showcases restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops and everything in between for a day of strolling and enjoying the day off.

"I can't get a good bowl of Pho (in Pittsburgh) so I wanted to open and introduce this dish in this area," said Quang Bright, 41.

Food & Drink

As a self-made chef, Bright learned all his cooking techniques from his parents. Bright admits he does not know how to cut corners and offers the healthy ingredients for the southeast Asian cuisine.

Recommendations from the wait staff include crispy roll and the friend shrimp roll. Pho Beef noodle soup is created with a clear broth, thin slices of beef, served piping hot.

Customer Service

The employees are family members, bringing a little touch of home into the restaurant. With four children, diners might see one of the older ones during the weekend. The wife, after which the restaurant is named after, works as the hostess and greeter of the restaurant, while Bright is working in the kitchen with a small staff.

Price Point

Prices are reasonable for lunch and dinner, ranging from $4 to $15.


The simple decor and striking images of Vietnam landscapes is alluring. With simplicity, the restaurant shows a touch of elegance.

Unique Traits

Most of the product is purchase from produce grocery stores in the Strip. "I want to keep it in the neighborhood," Bright shared.


Bright started the restaurant enterprise as a way to continue his wife's parents dream of managing a Vietnamese restaurant in Pittsburgh. An opportunity opened up more than three years, allowing the couple to establish an Asian restaurant on The Strip.

The couple started the food industry through family catering at festivals and fairs. The catering venture allowed the couple to jump into the restaurant industry.

Bright and his wife hopes to include more menu offerings from Vietnam.

Contact Information

Pho Van

2120 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

(412) 281-7999

Tip #1: Be adventurous and tray a new dish from Vietnam by visiting Pho Van.

Tip #2: Share the entrees family style so everyone in your party can sample a taste from different dishes.

Tip #3: Ask the wait staff for their favorite dishes and recommendations.

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