Nashville Reviews: Yummy Pho Bac (Mount Juliet)

Let's head out to Mount Juliet for some pad Thai on the latest edition of Nashville Reviews.

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Those of you who have been following the SoBros Network’s quest to rank every completely ordinary restaurant in the Nashville area already know that I’ve been on the hunt for the best Pad Thai in town. Ever since Taki closed down in Hermitage, I’ve had a hole in my heart, yearning to find that dish that would once again make my soul complete. Am I being dramatic? Maybe probably. But, I’m just trying to illustrate how much I love Pad Thai, and also convey the joy in my heart as I believe I’ve finally found that replacement: Yummy Pho Bac.

Yummy Pho Bac lies right in the heart of Mount Juliet. Thai restaurants seem to be all the rage in town right now, as about a million new places have opened up in recent years. But, Yummy Pho Bac is the cream of the crop. It’s become a regular date night spot for my fiancé and I. Just about every Friday night, we call ’em up for takeout, or if we’re feeling particularly restless and stir crazy, we’ll venture out for a meal in their dining room. I’m a Pad Thai nut, so I never get anything else. The fiancé rolls with their pho, and we typically alternate between a rotation of solid appetizers. So, with that said, let’s pass out some ratings.

For more on Yummy Pho Bac, and to check out their menu, visit their website.

Pics

THE best Pad Thai in Mount Juliet, and that’s saying something with roughly 500 new Thai restaurants in town…
Some A+ pho

Ratings

Food: 8.4/10 – I’m not kidding when I say it’s some of the best Pad Thai I’ve ever had. It’s definitely the best in the Mount Juliet area east of Nashville, and I’d put it right up there with the best in the entire region. I opted for beef in mine, and a spicy level three. It’s just the right combination of heat and flavor for me. I’m not a big fish sauce fan, and that taste doesn’t come through in this dish the way it does in others. We’ve started with their fresh rolls and gyoza, but it’s their orange chicken that really steals the show from their appetizer menu. The quality of their food has made ’em one of my go-to restaurants in town.

Value, 6.2/10: It’s right there on the cusp ‘ya get what ya pay for’ category. It’s not going to be a cheap date night, but for the quality of the meal you’re going to get, it’s well worth it. Because of that, I’d consider it a slightly above average value. I usually spend about $50 for two entrees, an appetizer, and two drinks (tip included).

Atmosphere, 6/10: It is the cutest little restaurant, if I may be southern and quaint for a second. It’s never been too crowded in there, and while I think take-out is the option to go with here (you can’t beat a good night of Pad Thai and firing up Netflix in your jammies), every time we’ve dined in, the service has been above average. That said, you hit up Yummy Pho Bac because it’s some of the best food in town – not because of the ambience.

Overall, 6.87/10: I can’t recommend Yummy Pho Bac enough. To me, it’s the perfect Friday night meal. I’ve worked hard. I’ve stressed out. I’ve put in a full week. Now, I just want to pig out and relax. Yummy Pho Bac helps me do that. It’s a peace maker in my life, and that’s always going to mean points in my book. My quest to find the best Pad Thai in the Nashville area may very well be over.

CURRENT NASHVILLE RESTAURANT RANKINGS

  1. Butcher & Bee (8.5/10)
  2. Nectar: Urban Cantina (8.44/10)
  3. Von Elrod’s (8.17/10)
  4. Catch 22 (Mount Juliet) (7.125/10)
  5. Red’s 615 Kitchen (7/10)

Stoney Keeley is the Editor in Chief of The SoBros Network. He is a strong supporter of Team GSD and #BeBetter. “Big Natural” covers the Tennessee Titans, Nashville, and a whole wealth of nonsense. Follow on Twitter @StoneyKeeley

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