Buford Highway Blogger’s EatUp #5 – Pho Dai Loi #2

Am I a slacker? Yes. Yes, indeed I am. We haven’t done an “EatUp” since September, 2010. So where to this time? Pho Dai Loi #2 is my go-to for a quick Vietnamese fix. Yes, there are probably “better” Viet restaurants for specific dishes, but PDL2 has a lot going for it. Good pho, tasty cơm, rocket fuel cà phê, a paint scheme that screams “Vietnam”. Even better, the last time we went, A. said it “smelled good”.

This is a free, informal gathering. I’m not going to ask people to sign up – but if you think you’ll attend please let me know in the comments. It also doesn’t matter if you’re a blogger, a reader, or just curious. Pho Dai Loi has a ton of room and there are some pretty long table setups, so I don’t think space will be a problem. Plus, they’re used to crowds.

The When

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
7PM – til they kick us out

The Where

Pho Dai Loi #2
4186 Buford Hwy NE # G
Atlanta, GA 30345

The Fine Print

The is an open social gathering. There is very little planning, no management and no control. The meeting place is public – the environment is what it is. When I did the first dinner I posted a few rules (some people told me they were pretty harsh), but they were intended to minimize the discomfort of meeting strangers in a strange environment. They don’t all apply here, and I’ve softened them for this “eat up” but some are common sense.

  1. Have an open mind and be willing to explore. If you haven’t been to Pho Dai Loi #2 before (or you aren’t familiar with traditional Vietnamese food), it may be a bit confusing – things have funny names, there’s weird Portuguese letters interspersed on parts of the menu, multiple menu items have identical descriptions. Don’t worry – the waiters are friendly and some of us may be able to help – a bit.
  2. Big one here – pay for your own food (CASH is ALWAYS accepted!). Pho Dai Loi #2 accepts cards, but cash is king. Also, I’m not providing food, etc. I’m just meeting people with some common ground! This event is Dutch. My previous rule was: “If you show up and forget to bring cash – you work it out with the owners/cops – I don’t know you.” You know, as a group we’d probably help you out, but don’t put your new friends in that position… BRING CASH (or some valid form of payment)!
  3. Please – no whining. If you like the place and the food (and I hope you do), great. Even better – write about it. If you hate it – enjoy the company and help me pick out a different place for the next one!

Check out some of our past EatUps:

Chinatown Food Court

La Casona (Colombian)

Shoya Izakaya


  1. I’ll be there, it has been too long!

    Empanadas in Cobb weren’t as good as La Casona
    Gotta do Shoya again too

  2. A couple of Vietnamese-cuisine-deprived folks coming from the Chattanooga area. Looking forward to meeting you all. Checking to see if any of our foodie friends can come along.

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