Some of the best Vietnamese food in all of Arkansas is in Fort Smith, and the best tofu bahn mi in the entire state is at Pho Vietnam. It is worth the pilgrimage to dine in this small, unassuming restaurant, because the food inside is killer. Many try to replicate the sandwich, but none come close. In fact, everything on the menu is cheap and delicious. Bring cash, because they don't take cards.
As soon as you sit down, you are greeted with a piping hot pot of tea. It's standard, and it's delicious. You'll need some time to go over the vast menu, which has tons of vegan options. I look through all the items, thinking maybe this time I'll get something different. It never happens, though. I always order vegetarian spring rolls and a tofu bahn mi.
The spring rolls are stuffed with rice noodles and tofu, and they come with an amazing peanut sauce. That could be lunch in itself, but don't miss out on the bahn mi. At $3.95, it's the cheapest and most delicious dish in Arkansas. Ask them to leave off the mayo to make vegan. You won't need it. Just slather your sandwich in hot sauce.
The french loaf is light and airy, warm with a crispy outer crust and a soft interior. It's piled high with tofu, pickled veggies, cilantro, and jalapenos. Each bite is delicious, and you'll be sad when it's gone. At less than 4 dollars, order another one!
I can't stress how how much you'll love this sandwich. If you visit Fort Smith often, or you're just passing through, do not miss this hidden gem.