I’ve been a little lax on this Eating Main Street series the last couple of months. The last time I did a post on this series was back on June 4th when we visited Thirty-Thirty Coffee. Time to continue gobbling our way up Main Street in Peoria! To the MBIP Mobile!
We’re traveling uphill as we make our way to our next Main Street eatery...
Which is right over there, let’s park the MBIP Moblile and start this latest chapter of Eating Main Street!
Here we are at the next stop on the Main Street Tour, Peking Restaurant. Wow, check out the sign, very cool of them to welcome us like that! Poor old Ace Frehley gets third billing below, Puppet Show again. Sorry about that Ace, maybe if you would’ve been nicer to us at the HOI Fair I could’ve helped you out here, but what are you going to do?
There’s the familiar yellow building that’s been a fixture on Main Street for years, the Peking Restaurant.
It’s open and there’s fast service available. My lord, who could really ask for anything more? Not me!
As I approach the door to enter, I notice this sign saying that the Vietnamese noodle soup, Pho, is served here daily. I’ve never had Pho and since we’re starting our six week’s of soup tour next Tuesday, I thought that I’d try this today as a warm up for the upcoming food tour.
When I walked in I saw Lana at the front counter. She’s looking very pretty today and that “got rice” shirt she has on is hilarious! We last saw Lana at the Taste of Peoria and it’s great to see her again. Love her smile!
I’ve arrived after the lunch rush, so there’s plenty of places to sit in the dining room.
Here’s Lana taking my order for a bowl of the Pho soup. I’m really excited to try this dish!
Ceiling fans spin overhead in a counter-clockwise fashion and I wish that someone would invent a fan to spin in the opposite direction for a little variety, but then that’s just probably me. Sadly, I sat and thought about this for about seven minutes before wondering why I was thinking about such a thing. Sometimes I really hate me!
Here’s a 2007 article about Peking’s Pho soup in the PJ Star. I don’t have proof of this, but I’m guessing that Peking was the first restaurant in Peoria to have Pho on the menu.
I usually get the luncheon buffet in here, let’s go take a look at the offerings over there..
Lots of good food here at the buffet islands and there’s also Jimmy “J.J.” Walker-styled good times, but...
Lana’s arrived at the table with the Pho, so let’s check it out!
Wow, check out all the colors in the soup and there’s all kinds of stuff floating in it. All of a sudden Natalie Wood pops into my mind as I typed the word, “floating.” Poor Natalie! She's so...soggy!
Along with the soup, you get get several condiments to add to the soup, including two kinds of sauces, sprouts, bay leaves, lime and (red hot) chili peppers (hello Danielle!)
Time to dress the soup up!
And here’s the final product, all ready to be slurped up!
Oh my god! This is so good! The soup is a spicy both of aromatic herbs and spices along with a generous portion of silky-smooth rice noodles, savory Vietnamese meatballs, crunchy vegetables and beef tendon. It’s oh so satisfying and tasty!
Love the Pho!
Okay, lunch is done and here’s our fortune cookie!
Let’s see what our fortune is...
Uh, oh, I told Lana she should pre-screen her fortune cookies as one’s like this could cost her a decent tip! I ignore the cookie’s fortune and give Lana a decent tip for her great service! It was wonderful to see her again and a great afternoon at Peking Restaurant, Pho sure! Oof! We’ll see you all tomorrow!
Related Posts: Eating Main Street @ Thirty-Thirty Coffee, Ulrich's Rebellion Room, B Easy, Hoops, Judge’s Chamber, Table 19, Pepper’s Cafe, Haddad’s Downtown, Cookies By Design, Richards On Main and Nut House/Cracked Pepper.