By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jan 29, 2021 at 10:01 AM Photography: Lori Fredrich

There's almost nothing better during the chilly winter months than a steaming hot bowl of soup. Fortunately, the time is ripe to get out and warm up with Silver City’s "Pho to Go," a safe, modified take on their annual Phobruary.

In fact, this year’s event is more vital than ever, as restaurants strive to make it through the winter (and the pandemic) while taking precautions to keep customers safe.

This year, restaurants will not be offering the usual $5 pho specials. However, they will be offering delicious bowls of pho for guests to enjoy via carry-out throughout the month of February. Guests are also invited to further support these restaurants by purchasing gift cards and leaving kind reviews on their social media platforms.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Bamboo, 3427 W. National Ave., 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Thai Bar-B-Que, 3417 W. National Ave., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Friday annd Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Vientiane Noodle Shop, 3422 W. National Ave., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

About pho

The secret of Vietnamese pho – which is pronounced "fuh" or "feu" – lies in its long cooking time, typically a three or four hour steep, which extracts flavor and heft from meaty marrow bones, usually either chicken or beef. The broth is then supplemented with a custom blend of spices like cinnamon, cloves, coriander, star anise and cardamom.

In fact, one of the fun things about pho is that each bowl of steaming broth is pretty distinct. So, if you're not fond of one restaurant's pho, it's worth your while to sample another spots broth to see if you like it better.

But, potentially the best part of eating pho is the ability for diners to customize their bowls with add-ins and garnishes like Thai basil, cilantro, bean sprouts, jalapeno slices, lime juice and condiments like fish sauce, hoisin and Sriracha.

Pho to Go raffle

Throughout the event, VIA Community Development Corporation (formerly Layton Boulevard West Neighbors) will also be hosting a weekly “Pho To Go” raffle. A winner will be announced every Friday and will receive a $25 gift card to Thai Bar-B-Que or Vientiane Noodle Shop.

To put your hat in the ring for the weekly raffle: 

For more information about VIA and Phobruary Pho to Go, visit viacdc.org.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.