This article was originally published in the October 2018 Princeton Echo.

Princeton has two ramen spots around the corner from each other, four sushi restaurants downtown, and multiple sources of Chinese food. But until now, a hunt for Vietnam’s best-known dish — the noodle soup known as pho — would have taken you all the way to Trenton’s Pho Friendly, located across from Fuld Medical Center.

But not for long. The newest addition to the restaurant offerings at Princeton Shopping Center is the Pho Spot, opening soon in the corner space near Cross Culture Indian restaurant and Dunkin Donuts.

The restaurant’s social media promises ingredients and spices sourced directly from Vietnam. “Our broth takes 10 hours to make and will bring back memories of the popular Pho restaurants throughout Vietnam for anyone that has visited,” they say.

Pho Spot, 301 North Harrison Street. 609-356-0064.

Also on the horizon is KBG — short for Korean Barbeque Grill — coming soon to 180 Nassau Street, where Cox’s Store once was. KBG already has a location in New Brunswick that caters to Rutgers students, and will now look to do the same just blocks from the Princeton campus. It is also opening locations in Hillsborough and Somerset. In Princeton, it will be the second recent attempt at bringing Korean food to town. The previous attempt — Hobin Chicken, a Korean fried chicken spot, last only a few months, also at 180 Nassau.

KBG offers create-your-own bowls, tacos, and burritos with choices of toppings including bulgogi (ribeye), spicy pork, barbecue chicken, and tofu. Other menu items include fries, dumplings, chicken wings, and a range of bubble teas.