CO Pho

Okay, I know pho is actually pronounced “fuh” but it’s fun to pretend it rhymes with the name of this new, delicious restaurant in Park Road shopping center.

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The first time I tried to go to CO was at 6 PM on a Friday night. The wait was an hour and ten minutes. The hangry person in me was bound to come out if I waited that long to eat so I had to pass. But my craving was still there so we returned for lunch the next day and were promptly seated.

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I get hangry a lot so I immediately ordered an appetizer: the fresh summer rolls with shrimp and pork. I’ve never had them with pork so this was an exciting twist. They were very tasty, especially with the burst of mint in every other bite.

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I ordered the Beef Pho and my date selected the Vietnamese Ramen. I added jalapenos to my pho because the menu did not state that they were included, but boy did they load me up with jalapenos! I also asked for extra sriracha as they bring a bowl that is half sriracha and half hoisin sauce and I like my food kind of spicy.

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We were seated quickly, our appetizer and entrees came out timely and overall the service was great. I sat for a few minutes with an empty water glass after possibly adding too much sriracha to my broth but it wasn’t an unbearable amount of time.

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I loved the modern décor inside of the restaurant and they also have a fun outdoor area (which I won’t be using until it’s at least 40 degrees warmer than today!). I’ve long been a fan of one of the most authentic Vietnamese restaurants in Charlotte (Viet Thai Noodle House) but will certainly be back at CO. CO puts a modern twist on the best Asian dishes – and also has fun cocktails. If you haven’t checked it out, or been over to Park Road Shopping Center lately, you should swing by. You won’t be disappointed, pho sure. (See what I did there?)

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A Krazy Dinner

Krazy Fish is located in Plaza Midwood and offers just that, a crazy experience. The creativity doesn’t stop with the decor; the menu is an eclectic collection of dishes with everything from tacos to grits (a must-try!) to pad Thai. The description “soul seafood fusion” is spot on.

IMG_1308With so many options to choose from, we started our meal with local beers and calamari. The calamari came highly recommended from our server and it did not disappoint.

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There were about 20 kinds of tacos to choose from and since I couldn’t mix and match, I went with the brisket tacos.

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My husband ordered the Pad Thai. Normally, I’d go against getting “Thai food” from anywhere but a Thai restaurant, but again, Krazy Fish did not disappoint.

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The service was fantastic. Our glasses were always full, our plates were cleared promptly and we never had to wait on that next beer to arrive.

IMG_1307There was plenty of seating on a Friday night and the high booths made dinner somewhat private. While there is a bar with TVs, the place itself isn’t filled with TVs, so you can have a meal and enjoy your party’s conversation without interruption.

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I’m excited to go back now that the weather is warming up and look forward to enjoying dinner outside. I always thought the menu looked interesting and I am so glad we decided to give it a shot. Highly recommend this spot if you’re in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood!