Sprout’s Spring Roll & Pho in Arlington’s Lincoln Square Shopping Center took center stage on ‘Man vs. Food Nation’ (Travel Channel) as Adam Richman had a local ‘food avenger’ take Sprout’s ‘Five Pound Super Pho Soup Challenge’. The episode aired Wed, 8/18 and the food avenger downed the 5 lbs in 8 1/2 minutes. Can you eat five pounds of pho in 30 minutes or less? Try it yourself at Sprout’s in Lincoln Square.
Spout’s Spring Roll & Pho
Lincoln Square Arlington (next to Bed, Bath & Beyond)
780 E. Road to Six Flags
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30am-9pm; Sun 10:30am-5pm
Adam Richman of ‘Man vs. Food Nation’ on The Travel Channel visited Sprout’s Spring Roll & Pho during Season 4, episode 13. His goal (and your mission, if you should choose to accept it) was to get his local ‘food avenger’ to consumer 5 pounds of delicious Pho in 30 minutes or less. What’s Pho, you ask? Pho is a hearty Vietnamese soup loaded with noodles, meats and broth with sides of bean sprouts, basil leaves, lim and slice jalapenos.
By the way, if you missed the episode which aired on Wednesday, August 17th, the guy ate the 5 lbs of Pho in only 8 1/2 minutes.
Family owned and offering on the freshest ingredients, Sprout’s SpringRoll Pho (and Boba Tea!) brings creativity and delicious flavor to traditional Vietnamese recipes. Whether you’re just stopping-in for a fruit smoothie or tea fusion — or maybe grabbing some specialty spring rolls to-go — enjoy this healthy & fresh dining option. If you conquer the Pho challenge, you win a free Pho-Killa t-shirt.
My first trip to Sprout’s came as a result of nice write-up of the restaurant in Ft Worth Weekly. All my subsequent trips have been for the Spring Rolls and Shaken Beef Salad. Oh yeah, the Pho (noodle soup), too.
Once inside the restaurant, I was surprised by the nice décor. A combo of green & brown and tasteful wall hangings, this place is nicer than some overpriced fusion restaurants I’ve visited in Dallas. And knowing this a family-run business, not a chain restaurant, is important, too. They use no MSG and only fresh vegetables.
Some folks stop in just for the Boba Tea, and that’s great. The fruit smoothies and swirls are $3.99 The milk teas (8 choices, some day I’ll try to almond milk tea) are $3.50. The tea fusions are $3.50 (mango/green; passion fruit/black, green apple/black; peach/green; mango/black, strawberry/green) The specialties are $4.25 (orange frost; strawberry avalanche, peppermint mocha, oreo snow, cappuccino dream, green tea shake, to list a few).
But the folks who only stop for Boba Tea are missing out on delicious food.
If you’re unfamiliar with Vietnamese dishes, you can go to Sprout’s Web site and see pictures of the entrees. Here’s the link if you want to take a look: http://sproutsspringroll.com/foodmenu.html
Spring Rolls are $3.99 and the specialty spring rolls are a dollar more ($3.99). Among the specialty choices are: Crunchy Chicken, Grilled Tilapia; and Duck Mango.
The Pho (noodle soups) come in three sizes: regular bowl ($5.99 to $6.99); large bowl ($6.99 to 7.99); or the Super Bowl ($15.99). If you can finish a Super Bowl, you’ll win a Pho-Killa t-shirt.
Of the rice dishes (10 choices), the Korean BBQ Short Ribs ($8.99) were very good. I haven’t tried their basil chicken rice dish, but plan to on the next visit.
As for salads (4 choices), the most expensive is the Shaken Beef Salad ($10.99) which has cubes of filet mignon in a spicy marinate sautéed with sweet onion. A nice combination of flavor.
The Rice Vermicelli dishes (8 choices) are very reasonably prices ($7.99 to $8.99). Go for the House (combo of shrimp/pork/beef) or the Sesame Beef Vermicelli.
There’s also a Children’s Menu ($3.99 to $4.99): chicken nuggets & fries; chicken fried rice; or vermicelli.
Easy to find, Sprouts is located in the Lincoln Square Shopping Center at 780 E. Road to Six Flags, just west of Collins St. You’ll find the restaurant between Bed Bath & Beyond and Marble Slab. Sprout’s is on the south side of Road to Six Flags, facing north (across the street from Birraporetti’s). Click here for map/directions: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?address=780%20Road%20to%20Six%20Flags%20St%20E&city=Arlington&state=TX&zipcode=76011-8402