My meal Cost: under $10 with tip. Health Rating A. 4.5 stars on YelpSince Pho Noodle & Grill was next on my list, I would normally go there next Monday. But noting that they are closed on Mondays, and since I had some time today, I decided to push it up. So do I wait and post it on Monday to keep an order to things, then skip next week? I decided that skipping a week this early on might not be a good idea so I present this "off-schedule" posting here.
However, this place didn't smell so bad on entering so I took a table and perused the menu. The menu not only includes Pho (pronounced Fuh), but also noodle dishes like chow mein, rice dishes like fried rice, and vermicelli dishes, egg noodle soups, rice noodle soups, vegetarian dishes like spring rolls and veggie chow mein, Banh Mi sandwiches, and appetizers such as spring rolls or egg roles as well as bean curd skin with shrimp paste.
The waiter, who was very pleasant and informative, suggested the #1 House Special Beef Combo Pho. That's outside my comfort zone as I was looking longingly at the fried rice.
He came out with a small plate of mung bean sprouts, sliced jalapenos, a large sprig of basil, and a lime wedge. Upon my asking, he explained that these were to be added to the soup as I might like. The Pho came in a large bowl (certainly large enough to feed 2) and was a soup with slices of fairly fatty beef, transparent rice noodles, scallions, and the aforementioned cilantro (cooked in). The odor was exactly that odor that I have a problem with, but the flavors were very good. After taking a taste of it unadulterated, I added a few of the basil leaves (torn up), the bean sprouts, jalapeno, and a squeeze of the lime wedge.
I have to admit that when I first looked at the accompaniments, I thought that the jalapeno was small pieces of green bell pepper. Upon gathering some up with a spoon full of soup and chewing down, I suddenly, realized my error. It really cleared out my sinuses, which was something they needed today.
The flavors were actually very good. The fattiness of the beef slices had a lot of good flavor. After trying to use a fork and Asian soup spoon to eat this, I realized that I'd have a lot better luck with chop sticks. They allow you to stir the soup and loosen the tangled mass of noodles.
All in all, a very pleasant experience.