Wednesday, August 31st

PhoNatic

Banh Mi Sliders, PhoNatic, Austin Texas

In a city full of entrepreneurs and freelancers, everyone’s always discussing which coffee places are the best places to get some work done. And Austin’s got no shortage of good coffee and wifi spots. But my little secret work spot is PhoNatic, where I’ve had numerous meetings over steaming bowls of pho, strong Vietnamese coffee, and those famous banh mi sliders, pictured above.

Pho at PhoNatic, Austin Texas

As far as pho, there are many options like the traditional beef broth, veggie, and my favorite, the chicken broth, which is bright and clear and allows the aromatic spices to come through. Pho is always a bargain, starting at $7.95 and topping out at $11.95 for a bowl with tender braised oxtail.

Spring Roll at PhoNatic, Austin Texas

Refreshing spring rolls are a nice balance with hot soup and PhoNatic’s are crunchy, fresh, and a no-brainer. Again, this is pretty traditional and hits all the right spots. More often than not, if I’m working I opt for a vermicelli bowl. (I try not to tempt the fates with broth near my laptop.)

Vermicelli Bowl at PhoNatic, Austin Texas

Chicken Vermicelli Bowl at PhoNatic, Austin Texas

Pork Vermicelli Bowl at PhoNatic, Austin Texas

What makes PhoNatic such a good place to work? Lots of things. There’s not a lot of interaction (or interruption) from staff. You order and pay at the counter, get a number, and take a seat. They quickly deliver your food and you fetch everything you need. Drinks, extra limes and garnishes, hot sauce, chopsticks and spoons, to-go boxes, etc. The tables are comfortable and the spaces are open and bright. There’s parking, the food is good, and the wifi always works. What else could you want?

Crispy Tofu at PhoNatic, Austin Texas

Where are some of your favorite places with dine with your laptop when you want something a little more substantial than coffee?

And what are your favorite dishes at PhoNatic? Leave me a comment and we’ll talk about it.

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