FOOD CHRONICLES: A Culinary Journey at Pho Cali in Macon


The inside of Pho Cali includes plenty of booths and tables as well as interesting design elements (Photographer Nate Weeks)

Pho Cali has quickly become a beloved spot for those seeking authentic Vietnamese cuisine in Macon. With its cozy atmosphere and a menu full of traditional dishes, Pho Cali offers a delightful cultural and culinary experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Vietnamese food is known for its balance of fresh ingredients, aromatic herbs, and the harmonious combination of sweet, salty, sour, and spicy flavors. Key dishes include pho, a savory noodle soup with a rich broth and an assortment of herbs and meats, and rice vermicelli bowls, which are light and refreshing meals perfect for warmer weather.

The inside of Pho Cali is more impressive than the outside (Photographer Nate Weeks)

During my recent visit to the restaurant, David Chang, the manager of Pho Cali, discussed the seasonal popularity of their dishes. "The pho is most popular during the winter months because it heats you up. In the summer, people like the rice vermicelli noodles bowls more because people say it helps their stomach," Chang explained.

The Sautee Chicken Lemongrass and Chili with white onion I ordered had just the right amount of spicy with the light refreshing taste of lemongrass (Photographer Nate Weeks)

When visiting Pho Cali, diners can expect a menu filled with various Vietnamese staples. Some popular choices include the brisket pho, shrimp spring rolls, and tofu spring rolls for vegetarians. The restaurant also offers healthy options, vegan dishes, and comforting small plates, making it accessible to a wide range of dietary preferences.

The atmosphere at Pho Cali is casual yet trendy, providing a comfortable space for solo dining or a relaxed meal with friends and family. The service is consistently praised for being friendly and attentive in online reviews.​ 

The inside of the restaurant feels inviting and clean (Photographer Nate Weeks)

In addition to their delectable food, Pho Cali boasts an excellent selection of teas and Vietnamese coffee, which is known for its strong flavor and is made with sweetened condensed milk. This unique coffee is a must-try for any curious foodies​.

I also tried the Lo-Mein Noodles Stir Fried with Chicken and found it to be filling and delicious (Photographer Nate Weeks)

For those planning a visit, Pho Cali offers various service options, including dine-in, takeout, and no-contact delivery. 

Pho Cali in Macon is a gem for those looking to explore Vietnamese cuisine. With its flavorful dishes, welcoming atmosphere, and attentive service, it promises a memorable dining experience. Whether you're a seasoned lover of Vietnamese food or trying it for the first time, Pho Cali is well worth a visit.

Seeing these characters smiling when entering the restaurant was a nice interior design choice (Photographer Nate Weeks)

Pho Cali is located at 3780 Northside Drive, Suite 100a, Macon, near the UPS store, Culver's, and OrthoGeorgia. Their operating hours as of the time of publication were 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturday and 10 a.m. through 8 p.m. on Sundays. The restaurant can be reached at (478) 259-7231.

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