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May 16, 2001 09:30 PM

Vietnamese in Elmhurst?

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Who's got the skinny on the best Vietnamese restaurant in Elmhurst?

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  1. I like the recommendation from Jim Neff's book, Pho Boc (but avoid the nearby and much less good Pho Bang).

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    1. re: sara

      That's JEFF Neff!

      The Vietnamese (correct name: Pho Bac) has recently gone TERRIBLY downhill; you may not have tried it in a while. Preserve your pleasant memories, don't go back!


      1. re: Jim Leff

        After going over past threads on the downhill descent of Pho Bac, I'm curious to know what it was like in its heyday. What dishes do you use as benchmarks here to assess the downfall? I've been to Pho Bac probably a dozen times in the past year, and I haven't had a bad experience. But then I'm usually there by myself and order a standard pho or rice dish. Hard to judge the kitchen based on those. When I go out for Vietnamese with a group, I like to order the fondue dishes, which are also pretty difficult to screw up.

        1. re: Jim Leff

          Dear Jiff Niff,

          Please let me know what you do recommend now that Pho Bac is out of the game?


          1. re: Bruce

            "Please let me know what you do recommend now that Pho Bac is out of the game?"

            Nothin'! I still like the pho and curry chicken (and nothing else) at Pho Cong Lee (124 Hester Street (near Chrystie) 343-1111), but for general full-service Vietnamese, I don't know anything great right now.

            Robert Sietsema recommended Green Bamboo (100 Mott) here a few months ago, but I haven't had a chance to try it. We've had two or three "good-not-great" reports on it.

            In Elmhurst, I stick to Captain King (though Kim keeps making bad decisions...he retired the Shanghai bread, which he'd never properly marketed, and they're now adding lard to the hyper-delicate vegetable dumplings for some inexplicable reason) and New Kim Tuong (and Ping's for dim sum only).