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An Loi in Columbia

hon Nov 3, 2006 05:38 PM

Has this place changed ownership? I hadn't been for a while and got lunch from there today, skimpier portions, menu is a little different, just doesn't the same taste!

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    Chownut RE: hon Nov 3, 2006 06:25 PM

    Yes, this place was originally owned by Viets and was very popular with Koreans. I heard from a Vietnamese friend that the owners were bought out by Koreans.

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      hon RE: hon Nov 3, 2006 06:45 PM

      It's just not the same and I'm disappointed!

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        Chownut RE: hon Nov 3, 2006 06:52 PM

        Sucks, but you may have to stick with Pho Dat Thahn off Snowden River down the road. I kind of prefer them for my entrees anyway, but prefer An Loi for Pho. Pho Dat Thahn's bubble teas suck though.

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          hon RE: Chownut Nov 3, 2006 07:08 PM

          I had Bun a few months ago from Pho Dat Thahn and it wasn't very good, I will give then a 2nd try though!

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          Chownut RE: hon Nov 3, 2006 07:14 PM

          I somewhat enjoyed their stir fried lunch entree where you can pick 2 or 3 meats with rice. I haven't done any type of noodle soup there though. Also, avoid that Indian Lunch Buffet joint in that strip mall. It's pretty bad. Have you tried the sushi joint there?

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            hon RE: Chownut Nov 3, 2006 07:20 PM

            Thats what I had from An Loi, the lunch special with 3 items on rice.
            I am going to check out the Pho there (Pho Dat) just to see.
            I haven't tried any of the other places in the strip!

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            Chownut RE: hon Nov 3, 2006 07:22 PM

            For some reason, i wasn't as impressed with An Loi's stir fried offerings, and I guess now according to you, it's worse. I guess Koreans are trying to branch out. There's another Korean pho joint in Security Square mall food court where the grand mart is. It was okay there.

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              Jason1 RE: Chownut Nov 3, 2006 08:39 PM

              Miss Pho is the Korean owned Pho place in the Security Square mall. Their soup base seemed bland to me, but I haven't been since they first open. I continue to recommend Pho Nam on Route 40 by the Babies'R'U. I really think that it's the best Pho in the area (but you're pretty much limited to Pho there).

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              jeanki RE: hon Nov 3, 2006 08:43 PM

              I think I heard that Pho Dat Thanh also got bought out by Korean owners and the quality has also gone down there. (Too bad because it was really great (and cheap!) before!)

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                hon RE: jeanki Nov 3, 2006 08:45 PM


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                  Chownut RE: jeanki Nov 4, 2006 01:16 AM

                  That must be very recent since the last time I was there, about 3 months ago, there were cantonese speaking viets running the show there.

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                  baltymoron RE: hon Jul 10, 2007 05:01 PM

                  I think An Loi has suffered a bit since the ownership change. However, they seem to be the only place that offers a vegetarian pho (with the option of vegetarian broth) in the area, so I continue to frequent An Loi for that alone. Does anyone know where else I could get good vegetarian pho? (Tanh Brothers in Seattle is incredible--An Loi doesn't come close, but it's the best I know around here.)

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