Jack's Pho' House (Marshalltown, IA)

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2016/12/26 15:36:01 (permalink)

Jack's Pho' House (Marshalltown, IA)

I'm working on the itinerary for one of my 2017 trips and the route I'm laying out will take me through Marshalltown, Iowa.  I've been poking around Google Maps and came across Jack's Pho' House and am looking for some opinions of the menu.  Thanks!
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    Wintahaba
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    Re: Jack's Pho' House (Marshalltown, IA) 2016/12/26 16:46:40 (permalink)
    To me it seems unusual that it has no tendon or tripe options for the PHO, as many I have seen. Even though they are not my favorite. It may be tailored to the local taste, I suppose.
    post edited by Wintahaba - 2016/12/26 16:56:53
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    Re: Jack's Pho' House (Marshalltown, IA) 2016/12/26 19:24:02 (permalink)
    Resource milwfoodlover or ketteract-they seem to know their pho. And I am sure Mike would tell you to have a banh mi..
     
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    Re: Jack's Pho' House (Marshalltown, IA) 2016/12/26 20:59:54 (permalink)
    I'm telling you to seek out a BPT, Iowa pork chop or good steak and forget about the pho when in Iowa!
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    Re: Jack's Pho' House (Marshalltown, IA) 2016/12/27 01:37:53 (permalink)
    Driving around Kansas City this past week has given me an inspiration for a new Vietnamese/BBQ fusion restaurant called "Pho 'Que"  Can't believe it's not already out there.
     
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    Re: Jack's Pho' House (Marshalltown, IA) 2016/12/27 07:59:18 (permalink)
    ann peeples
    Resource milwfoodlover or ketteract-they seem to know their pho. And I am sure Mike would tell you to have a banh mi..

    I'm fully expecting Mike to speak up!
     
    lleechef
    I'm telling you to seek out a BPT, Iowa pork chop or good steak and forget about the pho when in Iowa!

    But I'd hate to miss something that's so good it's unphogettable...
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    Re: Jack's Pho' House (Marshalltown, IA) 2016/12/27 14:07:00 (permalink)
    Sharhgwah!
     
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    Delicious egg rolls that are fried.
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    Re: Jack's Pho' House (Marshalltown, IA) 2016/12/27 14:53:27 (permalink)
    Of course if ethnic people settle anywhere, they can make authentic food. They have lots of pigs in Iowa so obtaining the key ingredient, pork bones (for pho stock) is a no brainer. I like tendon and tripe in mine and my favorite soup Bun Bo Hue has cubes of pig blood in it. That said, I'm going to make a guess that the owners are from Laos and they have Americanized their menu thinking the real thing might scare off the locals. I'd stick with the pho and I'll bet you enjoy it. The Pho Tai Bo Vien sounds easy to like. You should also be served a platter filled with bean sprouts, sliced peppers, probably jalapeno and some greenery, probably basil but possibly fresh mint or even cilantro. I'd tear it into bite sized pieces but feel free to remove the jalapeno seeds and the walls or just add a little at a time until it tastes right to you. If you've never had pho, eat the noodles with the chopsticks (lean over so your mouth isn't too far away) and use the spoon for the broth. Pho is easy to like without much effort. I was in Toronto 25 years ago and there were pho shops more numerous than McDonalds there and it was love at first slurp for me. Try a Banh Mi too and don't get the large size bowl. That would probably be way too large. btw, many Laotian refugees were farmers, so having SE Asian food in Iowa isn't a stretch.
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    Re: Jack's Pho' House (Marshalltown, IA) 2016/12/27 19:02:44 (permalink)
    I don't know anything about this place in Marshalltown, but if you make it the extra 35 miles to Des Moines, I could point out several excellent Vietnamese restaurants.
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