A Convoy Street staple since the early 1990s, Phuong Trang is one of San Diego’s most popular spots for Vietnamese cuisine, often topping city ‘best’ lists and drawing groups and families to its lazy Susan-topped tables. The Kearny Mesa eatery offers a menu that spans more than 200 items, a dizzying list that ranges from pho and rice paper wraps to stir fried noodles, broken rice dishes, and seafood specials; some signature dishes include salt and pepper shrimp, garlic butter chicken wings, whole fried catfish, and seven-course beef.
For the first time in decades, the longstanding restaurant is taking its greatest hits on the road and opening a spinoff location just up the street on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. First spotted by mmm-yoso, it’s called PT Eatery and will part of the same complex as the newly-opened Mikami Sushi where it replaces Pho T Cali. Debuting on Monday, November 18 and open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., it will serve a condensed menu made up of Phuong Trang’s top-selling dishes, says general manager Ikaika Patria. From banh mi to pho, vegetarian dishes, vermicelli bowls, and seafood, Patria says that every plate will be cooked in the traditional Phuong Trang style, just presented a little differently in a more contemporary manner to appeal to diners who might still be unfamiliar with Vietnamese food.