A popular Philadelphia restaurant known for its line-inducing chicken pho expands to metro Atlanta in September. The owners of famed Pho Ga Thanh Thanh, located in Philadelphia’s East Kensington neighborhood, will open Pho Ga Tony Tony at the Carter Oak Plaza in Norcross.
The Jimmy Carter Boulevard shopping complex is anchored by Hong Kong Supermarket.
According to Pho Ga’s website, the restaurant’s chicken pho is “like you’ve never had before” and “so delicious you’ll cry.” Given the lines that form outside the original Philadelphia restaurant — founded by present owner and executive chef Tony Le’s parents — this might not be hyperbole.
Pho Ga Tony Tony will include the same “famous chicken pho” served at the Philadelphia restaurant. Le also plans to introduce several new noodle varieties on the Pho Ga Tony Tony menu, co-owner Vinh Nguyen tells Eater Atlanta.
“We have chosen Atlanta for our expansion due to the vibrant Atlanta communities, and some of our customers are from Atlanta,” Nguyen says. “They have asked us many times to open a location here. To our knowledge, there is nothing like our chicken pho here.”
Customers order pho ga as either a fully composed bowl already consisting of chicken and noodles swimming in an herby broth or as a bowl of broth and noodles with a whole or half chicken served on the side. The latter order requires pulling the chicken apart, DIY-style.
Each bowl of pho ga comes with a tiny ramekin containing a flavorful citrus, salt, pepper, and habanero pepper mixture meant for dipping the chicken before dunking it into the broth.
5495 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Ste A2, Norcross. phogatonytony.com.