"Pho King Way" Vietnamese Restaurant Opens In Mission Viejo; Some Neighbors Not Happy

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A restaurant called "Pho King Way" has opened in Mission Viejo.

By now, everyone is aware of the tendency of a few phở purveyors to name their restaurants that it ends up sounding like an obscene verb in the present participle.

Google lists no less than a dozen Pho King's from Washington state to Virginia. And there is no shortage of variants with such names as "Pho King Delicious", "Pho Kym", and "What The Pho?"

The latest is actually not the only "Pho King Way" in the world. Though it is the first in OC, the Mission Viejo branch is part of a franchise that has stores in Texas, New Mexico, and Carson, all called "Pho King Way".

And according to an e-mail sent to owner Alex Le, which he posted on their Facebook page, some neighbors are already offended. One wrote:

"To bad you have to include a tacky pun which is in VERY poor taste as the name of the restaurant. No 'fuh king way' will I give you my business...Many other neighbors of mine feel the same way. You picked a quiet 'family oriented neighborhood' for your establishment, shame on you."

But the restaurant already has its defenders, including Harrison Kho, owner of Irvine's Harry's Deli, who wrote on their wall:

"What's all these stuffy bastards picking on the name? I consider myself a pretty conservative guy, and I even love your name.

Came for dinner tonight, before we left my 5yo daughter asked where we're going. I said, 'Pho King way' and she says, 'Pho King Way?' I started busting up, and she innocently asks, 'why are you laughing?' LOLOL.

Anyway, awesome Pho, Alex. Keep on rocking it!"
To check out their menu, click HERE.
  
24000 Alicia Pkwy. Ste. 23, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, (949) 472-5464

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Dan Avery
Dan Avery

Say Tripp, where can I pick up my fez and smoking jacket? I love the sound of that! Like an urban Shriner or something.

Dan Avery
Dan Avery

Mandeeuk, I see my reputation precedes me.  I remain yours, The Insufferable Dan Avery!  Cheers.  

Dan Avery
Dan Avery

By the way, Mandeeuk, I was the one at the last council meeting wearing the T-shirt that said "your village called, their idiot is missing." That was the meeting where a bunch of people were claiming that low income apartments would bring nothing but crime. Low income in OC is $76,000 a year and very low is $43,000 a year. The median income in the United States is $46,000 a year. Half the people in our country live off of $46,000 a year.  

So is my t-shirt ironic?  :)  

Mandeeuk
Mandeeuk

Fedora Dan, you're a hero in our midst! I read about that council meeting and was interested to hear that the locals brought up negative google postings on the developer, UDR. I know those postings and know of the perpetrator. She has an injunction against her for libelous comments. Good for you for seeing past all of that in your fedora wearing, gin induced haze.

Dan Avery
Dan Avery

Thanks Mandeeuk!  You're okay.  :)

Thomas Bridges
Thomas Bridges

take the stick out of you ass! i hope people throw rocks at you and your sign. 

Dan Avery
Dan Avery

What the hell is wrong with Fedoras? I wear one in the fall and winter. Have for about forty years now. Even when it wasn't cool. I also drank martinis before that was cool too. In fact, I used to put a bottle of gin in one of the inside breast pockets of my coat and a bottle of olives in the one on the other side. I think I'll have dinner tonight at Pho King Way and wear my damn Fedora. 

Mandeeuk
Mandeeuk

The face that you're even sporting a fedora in your avatar is quite endearing.  I will make an exception for you, Fedora Dan, with your traveling bar.  You should consider a ring of olives around the rim of your Fedora and perhaps a martini shaker down your pants.

JohnMichael Covas
JohnMichael Covas

I am amazed that so many people have so much free time that they can obsess about this whe there is so many other things so fucked up in this world.

Sh1bby69
Sh1bby69

People in South OC are so up tight!! I live here and people need to get over it!

Timjkidd
Timjkidd

They're just letters arranged in a particular order, then assigned meanings by human beings.

Get a life people, the alphabet isn't hurtful.

briansays
briansays

 they need to sell t shirts to advertise

Blackrufus
Blackrufus

An outrage! Let me be the first to make the protest signs that say NO PHO KING WAY.

Thomas Bridges
Thomas Bridges

take the stick out of your ass! i hope people throw rocks at you and your sign.

Mary Stanton
Mary Stanton

This is so ridiculous some rich ass white people don’t have nothing better to do then to criticize a restaurant name. Wow that really tells you a lot about the idiotic people that actually live there, blog about how to better your schools and to help other people and stop trying to get in other people business. Its A NAME it’s not going to change the world and the stupid thing is that some people don’t have those sick minded minds that actually think about that. Go eat there have their food and then criticize them because i can honestly bet you that you will love the food! Instead of being negative you guys should try to make Mission Viejo better places not talk dirt on your neighbors business. And the only person that should be ashamed of this are the people that write these stupid reviews.  Alex let these retards talk all they want in the end you get to be the most talked about restaurant in a long time especially in MISSION SHIT VIEJO!  

909Jeff
909Jeff

Maybe they are making their community better by not allowing some busines owner to employ the use of the double entendre as a name for his spot.  At the end of the day the owners win because of all the free pub they are getting.

guest
guest

racist b*tch

novart
novart

Normally I'm one to attack Mission Viehoes but I don't see the problem with the outrage. I can't start a business called "Suck my hotdog", why should they be the exception?

It seems perfectly in line with Mission Viehoe's interests to not have names like that on their businesses.

Harry
Harry

Pho King Way is not the same as Suck My Hotdog. It's a lot more subtle than that. Also, if you pronounce Phở properly, it won't sound like vulgarity. Maybe people should look into that before passing judgment. Also, the reason why they named it as such would tell you how to say the name properly. It should read more like: Pho - King Way. To simply be outraged out of ignorance is a waste of time and effort. 

tyler
tyler

If you pronounce Phở properly it WON'T sound like vulgarity? Phở does not sound like 'Foh'. It sounds nearly identical to 'Fuh' said like a question. It's only subtle cause of the way it's spelled and common mispronunciation. Still like the name, but Pho King Delicious is better.

1OCTrojan
1OCTrojan

Similar to Hooters, I like the idea of opening up a hotdog stand called "Swallow My Weiner". I wouldn't open up a casino in Vegas though.

Sam
Sam

Weak argument, although I think the name is funny. Even the people that know how to pronounce pho get what the owners mean.

Johnny
Johnny

It's Mission Viejo, the gateway to a small lame lake and a mega- church. What do you expect from their residents?

JB
JB

This is Pho King Hilarious, and it reminds us why Mission Viejo is one of the more embarrassing parts of OC...even worse than Irvine, which at least has the university. 

Is there any more boring, ultra-conservative place where self-important middle-aged White couples wear matching Hawaiian shirts or "Life is Good" apparel while they think they look so cool swing dancing at the lake on a summer night? 

I mean, really, somebody tell me, what's in Mission Viejo?  Great Montessori preschools?  Even Triangle Square slaughters that Kaleidoscope place in the depressing, vacant shoppertainment category. 

Managing Editor: are you with me on this? 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

They have some good restaurants—is Aloha BBQ still down there? Santora's Hot Wings, that deli across the street from the fancy car dealership, A's Burgers...other than that, there's a reason why I called Mission Viejo the worst city in OC in my Orange County book, and you summed it up PERFECTLY.

Mandeeuk
Mandeeuk

Good schools, nice neighbors, low crime...yes, Mission Viejo's atrocious.  My husband and I moved to MV last year and there's not alot to complain about.  If we wanted an amazing array of decent dining and nightlife, we wouldn't live in Orange County at all.  Plus, there's a welcome lack of unnecessary head wear in this area, namely the jaunty fedoras that all the hip crowd seem to be sporting these days.  I can do without those.  Also, there's not alot of ironic tshirts or skinny jeans.  Frankly, I'd rather have a hawaiian shirt in my midst than an ironic tshirt.  As for swing dancing, I haven't partaken of anything of the sort at the Lake and will be mindful of the dangers if I go there.  I have however freaked my husband on the dance floor at Patsy's to some of the local karaoke stars.  But, rest assured, I was not wearing any item of clothing which proclaimed that "Life is Good."

Tripp Cocktail
Tripp Cocktail

Hello Mandeeuk, I represent the Williamsburg sans OC expat community. While we understand the damage us tragically hip have done throughout the US, we feel the need to apologize for the spreading of things that should never have left the East Coast. 

Moving forward, we will be replacing fedoras with fez hats and smoking jackets. This way people can identify us as "starving artists" with exceptionally large trust funds. 

Best as always,

Tripp Cocktail, Social Drinker.  

JB
JB

I gotta take my hat (which is not a fedora) off to you, ma'am. 

Great response...LOL

Anon
Anon

Sounds to me like a lot of folks in MV are a little too sensitive.

Harry
Harry

People need to lighten up. "You picked a quiet family oriented neighborhood for your establishment." If having a Pho King Way in town is a concern in your city, you're extremely lucky...

Melizaj
Melizaj

Really stupid.

Palmer
Palmer

The name or the outrage?

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