A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 11, 2017
“Is a line outside a Vietnamese restaurant a pho queue?”

What is a line for Vietnamese pho called? “I guess that means that a Vietnamese soup line would be a pho queue“ was printed in a 2000 book. A riddle was posted to the newsgroup alt.humor.jewish on October 9, 2003:

Q: What do you call a long line at a Vietnamese restaurant?
A: Pho queue.


“I’m going to open a Vietnamese soup/Southern barbeque restaurant and call it Phở Que” is a related joke.


Wikipedia: Pho
Phở or pho (pronounced variously as /fɜːr/, /fʌ/, or /foʊ/; Vietnamese: [fəː˧˩˧] (About this sound listen)) is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles called bánh phở, a few herbs, and meat, primarily made with either beef or chicken. Pho is a popular street food in Vietnam and the specialty of a number of restaurant chains around the world. Pho originated in the early 20th century in northern Vietnam, and was popularized throughout the rest of the world by refugees after the Vietnam War. Because pho’s origins are poorly documented, there is significant disagreement over the cultural influences that led to its development in Vietnam, as well as the etymology of the word itself. The Hanoi and Saigon styles of pho differ by noodle width, sweetness of broth, and choice of herbs.

Google Books
A Small Town for Its Size
By David Collins
Lincoln, NE: iUniverse.com, Inc.
2000
Pg. 425:
“Hm. I guess that means that a Vietnamese soup line would be a pho queue?”

Google Groups: alt.humor.jewish
Quick Quips
Renee
10/9/03
(...)
Q: What do you call a long line at a Vietnamese restaurant?
A: Pho queue.

Twitter
Mike Stashwick‏
@mstashwick
What do you call the line to be seated at a Vietnamese noodle restaurant?  Pho queue -KW
12:35 PM - 11 Sep 2008

The Stanford Flipside
New Vietnamese Restaurant Coming to Campus: Pho Queue
MAY 25, 2011 9:00 AM
Vietnamese chain restaurant Pho Queue is coming to Stanford. Famous for its long lines and delicious cuisine, it’s sure to get students excited and really arouse everyone’s taste buds.

“I can’t wait to get Pho Queue!” said freshman, Billy Jackson. “I hear their food is really hot and steamy.”

Twitter
Xander Nevermore‏
@AJam3013
Replying to @MartinPribble
@MartinPribble What do you call a second line of people in a Vietnamese restaurant? Pho Que Two.
4:17 AM - 29 Mar 2014

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
If I ever open a Pho restaurant; I’d name it the Pho Queue…
submitted September 5, 2014 by The_Black_Inside
I’d be sitting, reading at the counter when someone walks in. Then say “welcome to...” look up, see them, yell Pho Queue!, throw down the book and walk to the kitchen…

Urban Dictionary
Pho Queue
(n.) fuh-kyoo The line, or queue, formed outside of a Vietnamese restaurant in anticipation of its noodle soup, also known as pho
Man #1: Dude, I am not going to stand in this pho queue !
Man #2: Fuck you !
Man #1: No. Dude, I said pho queue...

#fuck you#pho#queue#vietnam#vietnamese#noodle#soup
by BChil February 06, 2015

Twitter
LadyComic‏
@MauraSatirical
Someone has already thought of your punny name to an Asian restaurant
The Pho Queue
It’s a Naan Issue
Thai Mee Up
2:43 PM - 6 Jul 2017

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