Marpho (Pronounced Mar-fuh) is one of the newest additions to Marfa’s thriving food scene. Debuting within the last few months, Marpho has quickly dug their heels in the sand as a contender for one of the most popular places to snag lunch in this tiny town. After a tour at the Chinati foundation, our tour guide gave us a hint into a few lunch spots – While we were familiar with some, Marpho peaked our interest. We saved it until the last day of the trip (partly because hours are limited and we missed our chance the day prior – Per usual).
This take on Vietnamese cuisine offers a still limited menu because of how new they are – but even with a small menu, the flavors you get are gargantuan. Seriously – gargantuan. The atmosphere is pulled together which is a vast difference from the other charming places in Marfa – They have a fridge flanking one side full of drinks and fresh produce, and the kitchen is bustling even as the doors open at 11AM. If you want your pick of tables before they get busy – Get here as soon as you can. While you’re perusing the menu, they have Kill Bill playing in the background. The menu is not that expansive, but definitely has full flavor. You can go with one of the Bahn Mi sandwiches – I opted for the Chica, which was grilled chicken mixed with flavorful ingredients and a spread that I could have probably eaten by itself. Still didn’t stop me from dousing with a little bit of sriracha, but we can’t help ourselves when it comes to this stuff.
Patricio went with the Pho Bo (Fuh-buh) – which was like your normal bowl you’d find at any Pho restaurant. Except – it wasn’t. Packed to the brim with fresh ingredients including strips of beef, fresh jalapeños, rice noodles, fresh herbs and a hearty broth – I couldn’t help but force him to share with me. He also had the Vietnamese coffee, which was a rich, sugary concoction sure to put out any fire of the spice you get from your lunch options. Half way through lunch we were surrounded by patrons enjoying the fun atmosphere and even better eats. Marpho has quickly become a staple for locals and tourists alike (But hurry in because hours are limited). This place is also pet-friendly if you’re eating outside – And because of this we could have been arrested for dog-napping after Patricio met the Dalmatian of his dreams. Seriously, heart-stopped and in full panic mode as he interacted with this sweet pup. Good thing the owners came out before we committed a felony. Trust us when we say – This is the one you make time for. No worries if they’re closed though, Dairy Queen’s down the street and always open.