A restaurant called "Pho King Way" has opened in Mission Viejo.
By now, everyone is aware of the tendency of a few phở purveyors to name their restaurants that it ends up sounding like an obscene verb in the present participle.
Google lists no less than a dozen Pho King's from Washington state to Virginia. And there is no shortage of variants with such names as "Pho King Delicious", "Pho Kym", and "What The Pho?"
The latest is actually not the only "Pho King Way" in the world. Though it is the first in OC, the Mission Viejo branch is part of a franchise that has stores in Texas, New Mexico, and Carson, all called "Pho King Way".
And according to an e-mail sent to owner Alex Le, which he posted on their Facebook page, some neighbors are already offended. One wrote:
"To bad you have to include a tacky pun which is in VERY poor taste as the name of the restaurant. No 'fuh king way' will I give you my business...Many other neighbors of mine feel the same way. You picked a quiet 'family oriented neighborhood' for your establishment, shame on you."
But the restaurant already has its defenders, including Harrison Kho, owner of Irvine's Harry's Deli, who wrote on their wall:
What's all these stuffy bastards picking on the name? I consider myself a pretty conservative guy, and I even love your name.
Came for dinner tonight, before we left my 5yo daughter asked where we're going. I said, 'Pho King way' and she says, 'Pho King Way?' I started busting up, and she innocently asks, 'why are you laughing?' LOLOL.
Anyway, awesome Pho, Alex. Keep on rocking it!"
To check out their menu,click HERE
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24000 Alicia Pkwy. Ste. 23, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, (949) 472-5464