If you drive outside of Wichita, there aren’t too many places to grab a bowl of pho. Did you know, though, there’s a Vietnamese restaurant located inside the Kansas Star Casino called An Pho? It’s strategically located right by the baccarat tables and open until midnight on the weekdays and 1 a.m. on the weekend.
777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane, KS 67110
Sunday – Thursday: 5pm – Midnight
Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 1am
21 to enter
The menu at An Pho features pho, egg drop soup, rice dishes, bahn mi sandwiches, egg rolls, wings, pot stickers and crab rangoon.
We decided to go with a bowl of pho with beef and a banh mi which came with grilled pork, pickled vegetables, jalapenos, cilantro.
The banh mi wasn’t horrible, but the bread was soaked from the greasy pork which, by the way, tasted very off. To the point we weren’t convinced if it was even pork. Is there such a thing as imitation pork in a can? Either way, it was edible, so that was a positive takeaway. We should have known better, though. My mother who is old-fashioned and comes from Vietnam always told me that you should never buy a bahn mi that was more than $5-6. Maybe moms do know best…
Up next was the pho. It’s something I’ve had so many times in the past on drunken excursions to the casino. My expectations weren’t high, but this pho didn’t even meet that. I’m not sure what has changed over the years, but this was the worst pho I’ve ever had in my life. There was one time I tried to make my own pho, failed miserably, but that was even better than something cooked by a “professional”.
For $9.95, it came with noodles, broth, and what appeared to be a McDonald’s quarter pounder, minus the slivered onions, tangy pickles, two slices of melted cheese and a sesame seed bun. The broth tasted as though someone put the bowl under a sink of hot running water, sprinkled in some pho food coloring and tossed in a 59-cent bag of ramen noodles. Then had someone drive down the turnpike and order a bunch of McDonald’s all beef patties and placed it over the top.
Someone said this pho at An Pho was good. Yes, I agree. It was good… a good way of wasting ten dollars.
Truth be told, nobody is going into An Pho expecting life-changing Vietnamese food that makes it feel like you’re sitting inside a tiny little restaurant in the heart of Vietnam. The food is best eaten after a $100 drink tab. Enjoy.
Here’s the menu:
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