Viet Huong might not look like much from the outside, but pay no mind. Tulsans have been trekking to this local staple for years for authentic pho, noodle dishes, and Americanized Chinese food. The broth is spice-heavy and interesting, with lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove upfront.
For those new to pho, Viet Huong is a great place to start: a handy photo album shows you what to expect and makes it easy to choose something appetizing. I asked for a few recommendations and settled on the Hu Tieu Nam Vang— seafood pho with fried wontons. The “small” order is massive, and the fishy soup includes steamed squid, quail eggs, shrimp, and pork. Heat lovers can add jalapeños.
Noteworthy tidbits: Viet Huong is cash-only. A spread for two will run around $20, but bring a little extra. The restaurant is small, and usually crowded (take it as a sign of quality). If you’re visiting with a large party, plan on splitting up.