Scott Truong of Pearl Cafe (8416 N. Lindbergh Boulevard, Florissant; 314-831-3701) wasn't trying to invent the next big thing when he came up with his "Phorito." He just wanted a way to feed his in-a-hurry lunchtime customers. The classic Vietnamese pho, after all, isn't exactly conducive to being eaten with one hand on the steering wheel — or a keyboard.
"I have a lot of regulars who come in for lunch, and they've been saying to me, 'Man, we need a way to eat this to go,'' Troung says. "So we played around with some ideas to see what we could do to make the food better for those who eat on the go."The result of Troung's efforts is the "Phorito," a Vietnamese-Mexican hybrid that takes the ingredients of pho and wraps them in a flour tortilla, just like a burrito.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.