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  1. Pho Nom Nom, out Rockville Pike is a bit of a drive but so worth it. Best Pho around!
  2. I just realized that I should add this-An excellent Vietnamese restaurant in old town Fairfax (right next to Havabite Eatery, old school Italian/Greek/homey, also very good). We went here last Sunday w/ a group of 6, since it was cloudy & cool, we went for pho. 1 beef, 3 chicken, loads of spring rolls (don't judge) & chicken & veg for my Mom who is doing a whole 30 (& driving me mad w/ her queries about the miniscule amount of sugar in sauce?). i think this is the 3rd or 4th time I've eaten here & it is wonderful-great food, great service. This is the first time we ended our meal w/ sticky rice pudding topped w/ coconut cream & sesame seeds, & mango slices (gratis). It was the perfect choice for a celebratory lunch & I look forward to more meals here.
  3. One of Jorma Kaukonen’s favorite restaurants (on Arlington Blvd., but not quite Arlington, VA).
  4. I am not a huge fan of pho, but my wife and son are, so we have eaten at Pho and Grill in Olney many times. (They have a restaurant in Gathersburg too, I think). The pho is very good, and a huge bowl (according to my wife and son). I ordered the grilled steak on a salad that was also huge and very good. Summer rolls were excellent, with a nice dipping sauce. Prices are very good. The folks are friendly and efficient. The dining room is pleasant, clean, but nothing fancy. You order at the counter and the food is brought to you (so be sure to leave something in the tip jar.) Last night the place was packed and our meal still showed up quickly. They also do a pretty big carry out business it would appear. Prices are very good. Two orders of rolls, two orders of Pho, the grilled steak, and a bubble tea (also good) came to under $42.
  5. Eden Center's Facebook page was promoting this restaurant with 7 menu items (no appetizers), claiming it received rave Yelp reviews for its Pho and Bun Bo Hue. Yes, there were 2 Yelp reviews and both were glowing. So I went to check our their Bun Bo Hue. It came with a big plate of herbs, which is a good sign. They seem to use a different type of sliced sausage, so that could've been made in house. The broth was pretty tasty. I didn't think it was necessarily better than Rice Paper or Pho Hai Duong but for people who want to try something new, this place is worth checking. Strangely, they accept credit card but didn't let me tip on the cc slip. There's no tip line. So I left some cash.
  6. Happy to report that Pho Binh's location in the Heights offers "The Original" banh mi (off menu, but advertised on signs around the restaurant & on the cash register), which is essentially a cold-cut and paté sandwich. Grabbed one the other day for lunch. You're going to have a hard time finding a better way of spending $5.50 for lunch elsewhere in the city. Fantastic on its own, the flavors popped that much more with an easy shake of fish sauce and a thin line of Sriracha. I can also vouch for the lemongrass beef banh mi and the pork/spring roll bun. I am slightly embarrassed that I have yet to try the pho, especially considering the possibility of the roasted bone marrow add-on. Soon...soon.
  7. Great lunch today at Nam Eatery in the Heights. This is a clean (both in terms of sanitation and in decor), brightly lit joint with an unfortunate "umsa-umsa" dance music soundtrack playing. We had just finished a school tour with the 3-year old, and despite the hot & humid weather, he opted for the child's-sized pho with meatballs and a homemade passion fruit limeade. The pho was a great size (I would love to be able to order that size so I could sample other dishes), and comes out bare, ready to be dressed at the "pho vegetables" station up front (complete with hoisin and a few different chili and sauce options). I'd give the broth a 7/10. Light and clear, but with a reasonable depth of flavor. I look forward to comparing and contrasting with other places around town. The limeade was delicious, and I'll have to dig deeper into the long list of fruit teas and smoothies they offer. My banh mi with house paté and 2 over easy fried eggs was great, made even better with a schmear of smoky chili paste taken from the sauce selection. The baguette was appropriately light and crispy. I originally ordered the "combination," with steamed pork roll and cold cuts, but they no longer serve it because "no one ever ordered it." For shame, Houstonians. For shame. Cristina's "shaking tofu" vermicelli bowl was fantastic, with nicely fried cubes of tofu, sautéed onion and halved garlic cloves, along with the typical vegetable accompaniments. The fish sauce accompaniment was delicious, though a little less acidic than I'm used to. Not a complaint, just an observation. A shared shrimp "spring roll" was a fresh, herb-packed roll I've more often seen called a "summer roll," served with the standard peanut sauce for dipping. Nothing life-changing here, but a fine rendition. Given its proximity to our new house, Nam will assuredly be in the rotation, and I look forward to further exploring the menu. (Also, bring back the combination banh mi! I'll order it.)
  8. There's a part of Bailey's Crossroads that's so far west on Columbia Pike that it's almost in Lake Barcroft - the "Welcome to Bailey's Crossroads" sign is further east on Columbia Pike - but there's an interesting little pocket of ethnic restaurants here, one of which is tucked a half-block off of Columbia PIke, on Courtland Street: the tiny Vietnamese restaurant, Phở Ngọc Hưng. Although this looks like a Phở house, it both is and it isn't: When you walk in, it has the typical setup, with Sriracha, plum sauce, napkins, and white plastic spoons on each table, but the menu is much more extensive. This is usually a giveaway that the soup is going to take a back seat to the rest of the items (Phở-only houses have a tendency to make better soup). However, this restaurant is somewhat unique, in several ways: * The Phở here is better than average, with a very beefy broth with the AITB (All-Important-Telltale-Bubbles) floating on top of the bowl. * The soup uses a lot of aromatics, but seems not to depend on a starter mix for its base. * There are seven beers on offer. * This is the only restaurant I've come across with a "Super Bowl" ($10.95); most places only have small and large. * There is precisely one dessert on offer: tiramisu, of all things. * Both the Phở and the other Vietnamese dishes seem to be better than average here. * Since there are other entrees served here, the quality of the beef itself in the soup is much higher than the norm. I waited a surprisingly long time for my order to be taken (usually, you're approached within 15 seconds), but once it was, the service was very friendly - English language might be a barrier here, so be patient with the service staff. A large bowl of #17 Phở Tái Nạm Gầu ($8.50) had a broth that was thick and unctuous, with surprisingly high-quality beef, and aromatic spices (most likely star anise) that were present on the nose but didn't carry over onto the palate. A judicious application of Sriracha and plum sauce helped add a little kick (it's rare when I add no sauces at all, but it happens at the very best of places; this is just below that). Having a pretty good feeling about the food here, I decided to get an order to-go for later in the day: a #56 Cơm Gà Xào Sả ớt ($9.95), Stir-Fried Chili Lemongrass Chicken - and this is critical - with Thigh instead of Breast (you have your choice). The thigh meat here is exceptional, and although the dish looks like a standard Chinese Chicken and Broccoli carryout, it's anything but - dressed in a light-bodied brown sauce spiked with chili and lemongrass, it's medium-spicy at most, and both the broccoli and the chicken had received full penetration, making it a really simple, but tasty entree. The rice (which I just dumped on the bottom) was unnecessary, but came in handy even later in the day. Most people think Bailey's Crossroads ends with Full Kee, but don't forget this little hamlet of ethnicity, about a half-mile west on Columbia Pike - it's an interesting pocket, and for the adventurous eater, worth a look.
  9. I have. (Picking up a hungry 18-year-old after tennis practice at Woodson can result in the need for quick meals - I was here in the Spring of 2015, and don't remember loving it.) To the best of my knowledge, this is a standalone Pho house - there's another Pho Duong in Centreville, and a Pho Hai Duong in Annandale, and I don't think either are under the same ownership. If we have any Vietnamese speakers here, perhaps you could tell us what these words mean, and help us sort through this?
  10. We went to Lotus Cafe a long time ago and it was just okay then, no better than any others in the area and Pho 75 was tops at that time. But we just had the opportunity to try out a fairly new restaurant in Wheaton on Wednesday, and I had the best Pho I have had in a long time. The broth was incredibly beef-y and flavorful. Check it out and let me know if you agree, Thomas P. (Summer rolls were tasty as well) Cam Ranh Bay Pho and Grill It's located in half the building that used to house Good Fortune, on Univ. Blvd. (The other half is a Chinese restaurant.)
  11. ArlNow reports that Pho Deluxe is planning to open on Sunday, July 5, 2015. Address is 2300 Clarendon Blvd (in Courthouse Plaza).
  12. Tucked away in a strip mall in Centreville is, what I consider to be, a very solid Pho place. I've been there a few times over the last few months and its been solid every time. I haven't explored the menu that much, essentially stuck to the pho but since it is only 7 or 8 bucks a bowl it hits a certain price point. If you are in the area, and are in the mood for a quick, cheap lunch - give them a try.
  13. Friends and I went to Eden Kitchen this past Friday night. The portions were nicely-sized for the price, but found the taste was along the lines of some of the heavier-handed kitchens in Eden Center. I guess I'm spoiled by Rice Paper. They have a very extensive menu, which is nice. Little man seemed to enjoy his pho and egg rolls.
  14. I went to Kobe Pho and had just that, chin. It was good but not great. The meat was nice and fatty but the broth was bland in my opinion. Spring rolls were good and interesting...appeared to have a hotdog in them and something crunchy. My son said "it's very red". We won't be back...even a 4 yr old knows good from bland pho.
  15. I don't know where you live, but Pho and Grill, with two locations (Gaithersburg and Olney) have a vegetarian bowl (confirmed that they use vegetable broth) that my wife loves. You should check it out. Regular Pho is near the top of my list as well.
  16. Given its proximity to Trader Joe's and the toddler zoo (Petco), I've been to Vinh Loi about a million times. However, the last two visits have convinced me to never again return. Two visits ago it was over run and with one person in the front of the house, not going to work for my quick lunch needs. The second time I was "grossed out" but the lack of cleanliness. Can't go back now.
  17. FWIW, Pho 88 in Falls Church, which was referenced in the above posts but never got its own thread, has now closed.
  18. My first introduction to pho was here and of course I thought it was fantastic. Then as I branched out and learned about other, better places I stopped going. It just was not my favorite anymore. The broth tasted weaker and fake, and the menu was weird having Vietnamese Chinese and I forget what other style of cuisine. However I recently returned and am very happy I did so. Now it seems the menu is purely Vietnamese, and vast. Of course plenty of pho options with I'm pretty sure veggie broth for veggie pho and chicken for chicken. They also have the broken rice dishes and vermicelli dishes like bun bo xao, but it's the bun bo hue that I've been back twice for. There's a duck soup as well. The bun Bo hue is a fantastically large portion with big chewy noodles and not the most authentic I guess but it has brisket, pork pate( like the ban mi) and a seafood meatball. Fiery red broth and cabbage and shisho to round it out. It comes in one size(big ass) and I think is around 9 bucks. Maybe it's under new ownership or chef? Dunno since it's been years.
  19. I gather you're in the Falls Church/close-in Fairfax area. Back when I used to work in that part of the world, my favorite pho place was called Pho Sate (with six or eight diacritic marks over the e), which was in the crummy little strip mall on the southwest corner of Annandale Road and Rt. 50, which was torn down a while back. Pho Sate had vacated the place quite some time before that. I didn't realize it, but they've reopened (I'm pretty sure it's the same folks) in a less crummy strip mall on Graham Road just south of Lee Highway. Have you been? If not, you might want to give them a try. I can't recommend the place, not having eaten there, but I loved the pho at the earlier incarnation.
  20. Our go to Pho 88 is somehow closed on Tuesday (!), so we gave Pho 50 a try. While they provided an uneven takeout meal last night, if we ordered more judiciously, we could have ended up with all hits. Of course, you need to limit yourself to only a couple items on the menu, but it's a small selection anyway. I really liked the broth that formed the base of the soup. It was aromatic and flavorful, with a some good cooked in spice, so I didn't even feel the need to add rooster sauce. Toss in an ample portion of basil, cilantro, plum sauce, sprouts, and noodles to get a full-flavored pho and a filling meal. I got my order with the meatballs, which were terrible. Unidentifiable and inedible meat compacted into a tasteless, hard and yet somehow also spongy ball. Given that I didn't want what ended up being plain pho, this was a cruel twist. My wife got the chicken, which looked fine. We also got an order of each of their rolls. One version (spring rolls, I'm assuming) was fried and quite tasty. That was due mostly to the hard frying and the taste of the oil they use, as opposed to the ingredients in the roll. Whatever, tasty is tasty. The other was their soft roll in the clear wrapping, which didn't appear fresh and were bland. You're only tasting the dipping sauce at that point, and even for me (a sauce hound!) that wasn't enough.
  21. Does anyone know if Pho Bar and Grill is closed or if they'll actually reopen? They've been closed the last few times I've walked by there with a sign that they're closed temporarily for renovations and training. No work appears to be taking place inside.
  22. I couldn't find a thread for Sprig & Sprout up here in Glover Park, but I think it warrants one. S&S is a fine addition to the Wisconsin Ave. strip of restaurants, and actually is putting out some pretty quality bowls of pho and vermicelli. The pho here is what I would characterize as pretty good in a pinch if I don't have time/the desire to go to Pho Viet or somewhere in the burbs. The beef is flavorful, the noodles nicely al dente, and most importantly, the broth is satisfying and lacks that cloying aftertaste the broth at cheap pho joints has. Additionally, their vermicelli has become my go-to summer dish. Packed with really fresh veggies and a healthy dose of mint, the dish's refreshing coolness cuts through DC's classic humidity. They apparently have a strong beer list, which is unusual for a Vietnamese place, and one day, when I have a bit more time to kill for dinner, I'll work through their beer list (has some favorites from Bell's, for example). I'm happy with this addition to the neighborhood as it provides a nice, fresh option for lunch or dinner, and the space is as open and warm as the owners and staff.
  23. Lunch today at Pho Cong Ly, had a specialicious coupon to use, & the bonus was they have vegetarian pho- my daughter Elizabeth has been sorely missing pho since she decided to become a pescetarian. She liked her pho, I thought it was interesting, looked more like beef pho, tasted a little sweet, & a bit too much like broccoli for me- it had chunks of fried tofu, broccoli, carrots, onions, & not enough noodles for E. I had pho ga (our 2 friends had the same)- standard pho, broth was a little less complex than Le Bledo, but fresh sprouts, jalapenoes, basil (I brought home practically 2 plants), & lime, & the spring rolls were good, very crispy, a little greasy. Tom ate all my leftover pho & a spring roll & said I put an awful lot of basil in it....
  24. I think the noodles from the food truck Pho Wheels are probably the best noodles I've ever had in a bowl of pho. But while I find their pho tasty, it's their pork belly bahn mi on croissant bun with a fried egg that makes my mouth water, and keep me hitting refresh on their twitter feed. http://www.phowheelsdc.com/