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Rice Paper

 202 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ
 

Wonderful little place to get some good Phở !

Wonderful little place to get some good Phở on a cool day sunshine in its outdoor patio conveniently located downtown. We previously visited a few years ago and decided to come back during perfect weather for Phở! As we are Phở lovers, we truly enjoy an establishment that really knows how to prepare them well, and here it is. We stopped off for lunch recently and enjoyed a really nicely prepared Mimosa and the Sangria was refreshing and tasty. Their renditions of both my favorite Phở Tai Nam and my wife’s fave Phở Dac Biet. If these are an example of the rest of their Phở offerings your in for a pleasant surprise. Keep it up guys, you’ll see us back again!

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  • 2/24/2023

    Gastroeclectico tried Rice Paper and liked it.

  • 3/18/2021

    Gastroeclectico tried The Keg Steakhouse & Bar and liked it.

  • 5/17/2020

    Gastroeclectico tried Opa Life Greek Cafe, liked it, and rated it . Gastroeclectico liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Pros
    After about five great visits, it’s about time I wrote up my fave Greek Eats Joint, Opa Life Greek Café! Over the course of the past five years, we’ve have had multiple visits a bunch of times for: their Pita Wrap Special, Gyro Pita, Lamb Souvlaki. Thei
  • 4/02/2020

    Gastroeclectico tried Bluewater Grill, liked it, and rated it . Gastroeclectico liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 4/01/2020

    Gastroeclectico tried Thai Patio.

  • 3/22/2020

    Gastroeclectico tried Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse, liked it, and rated it . Gastroeclectico liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 1/04/2020

    Gastroeclectico tried The Henry.

  • 8/12/2018

    Gastroeclectico tried Black Angus Steakhouse.

  • 7/13/2018

    Gastroeclectico tried Abyssinia Restaurant and Cafe.

  • 7/13/2018

    Gastroeclectico tried El Berraco.

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