Asheville needs more soup

With all the crap restaurants that have opened here, there is at least one ethnic base left uncovered: the delicious soup known as pho. It can be had in most major cities in America, but why not here? I would gladly trade in at least six sushi places and most of the teriyaki (or maybe that should be teriyucky) houses for just one Vietnamese-soup place.

So if anybody knows some Vietnamese people and can convince them to move to this overpriced, doomed town, maybe we can make a deal.

—  Joseph Crawley

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13 thoughts on “Asheville needs more soup

  1. hauntedheadnc

    It always warms my heart to see such a cheerful person. You just know they have lots of friends and make everyone feel better just by being themselves.

  2. Well, a Vietnamese restaurant would be fine just so long as nuoc mam (sauce made from fermented fish heads) is strictly forbidden. I still remember the ghastly smell of it from my combat days in Vietnam.


  3. craig

    Is the soup mentioned in the letter pronounced “fur”? I think I’ve had the Thai or Laotian version of it and it was pretty good.

  4. Hopefully

    Great idea, they have a great one in Greensboro on High Point rd.

  5. Nam Vet

    I remember too Ralph. You could tell when you were about 250 klicks from a ville by the smell of rotten fish. Just looking at a Vietnamese restaurant reminds me. Have never eaten in one, although I do like the Vietnamese people. Just not their food.

  6. Dale Johnson

    I just really miss a mom and pop restaurant. Chain restaurants make me sad. I also miss home- Korea smells BAD!

  7. ingarageland

    I think these guys are past the age of caring about things that smell like fish lighthope. My grandfather served at d-day till the end of the war. He never discussed it, he said it was too horrible. It seems you guys had a good ole time over there killin the yellow man.

  8. dickyfauge

    That was an insensitive (possibly true) remark garage, but if you were not there, you should prabaly refrain from comentary. Dont be like light hope. No one will talk to her anymore.

  9. mmcwilliams

    It is pronounced “fuh” and it is delicious. The closest Vietnamese restaurants I found after a quick Web search are two hours away in Charlotte. Too bad. Asheville doesn’t know what it’s missing. Anyone ever had Vietnamese sandwiches? Just thinking of pho and those sandwiches is making my mouth water. I think a drive to Charlotte might be in my near future.

  10. The Pontificator

    Yep, the world needs more pho….and more cowbell.

    I can see it now: on Lexington Avenue….we’ll call the place


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