restaurant: bona vietnamese

I was long overdue for a pho trip. Close to withdrawals actually.

So when I spent a weekend on campus for yoga sculpt training, there just happened to be a Vietnamese restaurant right down the street that I had heard had delicious pho. Fate, right?

So the Taster and I headed to a local watering hole for a pre-dinner drink (no wine or cocktails at Bona) and then it was time to get serious. We both ordered the usual – pho with beef for me; pork noodle salad + shrimp for the Taster – for comparisons sake of course. We take this quest very seriously, you know.

Bona was pretty empty, but it was pretty early on a Saturday evening and we were probably there right when those crazy college kids are just waking up from afternoon naps. ;) I will tell you that being back on campus (U of M graduate!) for a weekend was wonderful. I love it there.

My pho was delicious. Thankfully our server steered me away from getting pho and sauteed veggies and suggested that I just add the vegetables to my pho. You can add veggies to pho?! Yes please!  The large pho which was $7.50 + veggies ($1.50). I only ate about 1/3-1/2 of it, the bowl was that HUGE! I’ll definitely get a small next time and be sure to add veggies from now on.

The Tasters salad was pretty blah and the shrimp that he had added for $1.50 were 2 mini ones. I think he would probably order something else next time – and with a menu of 5 pages, he’ll have no problem finding something.

Bona Vietnamese Restaurant

815 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 331-5011


    • Emily says

      Yes, it is a traditional Vietnamese Soup. I fell in love my first time trying it. It has a great broth, rice noodles and you can choose your meats, and then you add in different flavors (sriracha, hoison, etc.) and fresh bean sprouts, lime, etc.
      Definitely give it a try!

  1. says

    You are my pho-loving sister. I am so obsessed, I picked up most of the ingredients and made them at home last week. Yes, including a broth-paste pho base. (Not as good as the real stuff, but not bad!)

    Eric brought home vermincilli bun last night from our fave Vietnamese place last night…. somehow I’m craving pho again…

    • Emily says

      Did you like the at home version? I tried making it and was really disappointed. :(
      Have you ever been to that new place on the Westside by Panera, etc? We ate there right after it opened and thought it was great!

      • Marnie says

        The at home version was good, but not great. It was significantly cheaper, but lacked the perfect broth (to be expected.) I have been to Pho-Nam. Very good, but we still prefer Siagon.

        • Emily says

          I know, I made (or tried) to make it from scratch and it smelled amazing, but was not very flavorful.
          Will have to try Saigon! (I know who to call! :) )

  2. says

    Looks so good! I’ve never had pho before. I actually thought it was a sandwich before I read this post.

    I’ve really wanted to try Vietnamese food but was worried I might not like anything. Now I know I will most likely like the pho so bring on the next Vietnamese restaurant I see :)

    • Emily says

      I hope you like it!! The noodle salads that the Taster gets are also really good. Noodles, meat, some veggies, etc. – typically served cold.

  3. says

    ooo! thanks for the recommendation. art’s brother was talking about this palce last week. with two rave reviews, i have got to try it soon.

    this isn’t a pho joint but went to mirror of korea last weekend and loved it. they serve authentic korean food for reasonable prices with a bunch of little dishes of traditional condiments. the food was tasty and the servers were friendly and helpful. what more could you ask for?!

  4. says

    This looks so good! Our Vietnamese food selection is slim to none around here so I am always envious of your quests for pho. I know just what you mean about being back on campus. I feel the same way every time we visit Purdue.

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