Pho on Fannin

Kim Tai is the perfect place to drink a couple of cold beers and chow down on Vietnamese diner food.

I asked my friend if he wanted to go to breakfast, and he said, "Sure, where?" When I said Kim Tai Vietnamese Restaurant, I got a look of bewilderment: "Breakfast at a Vietnamese restaurant?" Kim Tai has a few breakfast offerings, like eggs, toast, hash browns, sausage patties and bacon. There are hamburger patties with fried eggs. Coffee comes brewed or Vietnamese-style, with Café du Monde and condensed milk on ice.

I ordered the combo meal No. 1 with Vietnamese coffee and a side of egg rolls. My companion passed on the traditional breakfast choices and ordered com ga nurong hot ga, a whole char-grilled chicken leg with steamed rice and a fried egg on top. It looked awesome and tasted scrumptious. My combo breakfast with egg rolls on the side was classic — straight-up diner-style. It was perfect with the out-of-this-world coffee and the totally addictive egg rolls. I could barely finish my plate, and the more iced Vietnamese coffee I drank the faster I started talking.

Ever since Mai's burned to the ground, I'd been looking for someplace to satisfy my pho cravings — a place where I could sit, drink a couple of cold beers and chow down on vermicelli with egg rolls and charcoal pork. I think I've found it at Kim Tai. The only drawback is that it isn't open all night. But I think the breakfast and burger option is a fair trade-off.

Get cozy with a steamy bowl of pho.
Troy Fields
Get cozy with a steamy bowl of pho.

Location Info


Kim Tai

2602 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77002

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: Downtown/ Midtown


Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Breakfast #1 combo meal: $4.95

Com ga nurong hot ga: $6.95

Lunch combo meal #4: $6.25

Special fried rice: $6.95

Combination pho: $6.95

Vermicelli with char-grilled pork and egg rolls: $6.95

French coffee with condensed milk, iced: $2.25

Kim Tai Restaurant

2602 Fannin, 713-652-0644.

Kim Tai is open seven days a week, and the atmosphere is way better than Mai's ever was. The staff is friendly; no turn-'em-and-burn-'em service here. Every time I walk in, I feel like I have been coming here for years. But I have just discovered how incredibly wonderful this little Vietnamese hole-in-the-wall is. If you go to Kim Tai, make sure you ask your server about that brown liquid in the glass jar on the counter. The answer to that mystery is something you should discover for yourself.

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