Irvine has a lot of pho joints these days, and Pho Kobe, which previously served its bowls in an area of the city rarely traversed by anyone but cubicle drones on their lunch hour, has expanded to a more central location at the intersection of Jamboree and Barranca, next to House of Kabob II. You get all of the familiar dishes a Vietnamese restaurant like this needs to serve. They do pho, of course, in two sizes. Spring rolls are fried to golden and eaten by wrapping them around lettuce leaves and dipping in an ambrosial fish sauce. But they also offer seafood stir fries that use almost nothing but processed fish balls and imitation crab. It's delicious in a cobbled-together, something-you-can-probably-make-yourself-at-home kind of way.
Get the Things to Do Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly guide to events in Orange County, and never be bored again. With suggestions for every day of the week, our recommendations will keep you busy on any budget.