Fans of the food truck Phorale have some good news to start 2020. Co-owner Young Cho tells Eater Seattle that the mobile operation and catering business will open a permanent location called Phorale Way in White Center (on Delridge Way near SW Roxbury Street), hopefully by late February. Diners should expect some classics from the Asian-Tex-Mex fusion spot, including chimichinos (spicy pork egg rolls with avocado crema and salsa verde) — but the menu will be expanded at the new location to include smoked brisket pho and banh xeo tacos as well, along with other items.
Phorale began as a min-mart food counter in South Park nearly four years ago and became a cult favorite with twists on banh mi sandwiches, pho, and its curly “siesta” fries smothered in habañero queso, cilantro aioli, and grilled spicy pork or marinated beef. After the South Park location closed in 2018, it was reborn as a food truck last year, and quickly became one of the city’s best.
Now, Phorale will take its next step in White Center, with a grand opening planned for February that Cho says will include DJs, a mariachi performance, and lifestyle vendors. No booze for the time being, but the restaurant hopes to serve beer and wine in the future. It will be open Monday through Sunday, and include a brunch menu on weekends, while the food truck will continue service in its usual locations Downtown.