Ray Moore Hits the Spot at Pho Orchid

Ray Moore at Pho Orchid in Metairie

Photo by Teresha Ussin

Pho Orchid
3117 Houma Blvd
(504) 457-4188


Why Pho Orchid?
I stumbled on it by accident. It’s tucked away, but that’s the unique thing about it: There’s something here in Metairie! I come at least three times a week to get my fix.

What do you usually order?
I often get the noodle soup. It has green onions and whatever choice of meat I want in it. The other thing I like to get is bún with noodles, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, and again, whatever choice of meat. Bún is served with a fish sauce, but the sauce does not have a strong fishy taste.

Local musicians seem fond of cuisine that’s not so local.
A good friend of mine from Brazil said to me that music is like cooking. Playing jazz or improvising is like cooking a dish. If you put too much of a good spice in it, that spice will overpower the dish. But, when you’ve really made a dish well, everything blends together. Nothing stands out. When you start digging in the taste, you’ll taste the different things. Music is the same. Seeking out good food that is prepared well is part of musicianship, I think.