Walking around Downtown Tacoma this weekend, I noticed a change at Pho 701 Bistro and Bar. There were new signs in the window, and a new name, the Orange Door. Immediately, I hoped Pho 701 had not gone out of business. There had been quite a few business changes in that space before, and I’d hate to see it happen again.
I talked with the owner, Toan Pham, and he informed me it was just an update to the business, not a new owner. “The name change was more to fit our demographics of an downtown location,” Pham said. “Ownership and chef did not change. Our clientele are more diversified, and we as restaurant grew with the changes.”
Pham also explained to me there is an updated menu, but the pho is still present. New items include wok stir-fried drunken noodles, Shanghai noodles (wok fried lo mein noodles), chow mein, provincial clay pot pork and eggs, crab rangoon, wonton soup, as well as more vegan items.
I haven’t eaten there in a few months, but previous visits have included friendly service, clean decor, a relaxed atmosphere, decent prices and tasty food.
Orange Door | 701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA | 253-627-9225 | Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
I hate to say changes have been made again and that is the Chef now has been changed the food I have to say for me personally was not the same and no one had to mention a chef change by the time the food arrived and I had taken my first bite….well lets just say I could tell things weren’t the same Noi Tram is no longer the chef there and it reflects greatly. I finished what I could and that was when I approached my server (the cute blond with the dreads) to ask her if there was a different lunch time chef, and that’s when she broke the bad news to me, that is when I found out she no longer worked there. It also makes me wonder if she (Noi) had created a few items on the menu; because like I said things just weren’t the same…:(