Good Pho in D.C.?
Growing up in the Bay Area, I became really used to good quality asian food everywhere we went. Not only have I been dissapointed with the asian selections in local DC grocery stores (I am not used to having to go to asian markets for most things) but I miss the convenience of a lot of my go to favorites (bubble tea, chinese baked goods, fresh noodles etc). So as I somewhat recent resident of the District, I am always on the look out for posts that discuss asian food stuffs. One thing I have been craving recently is some good Pho in the District. Does anyone have any favorites? I have passed a Pho place on Penn SE and one downtown but haven't made it in (since they are closed on weekends) I am willing to make more of an effort during the week if I know the place is going to be good.
The last time I checked, a passport was not necessary to cross the river into Arlington. What's with this DC fetishism? Arlington, VA is part of the ten miles squared of land that was set aside to be our nation's capital. Because of competing business interests to build a canal on the Virginia side, Virginia rescinded its offer and it never became part of the capital. However, Arlington is actually much more convenient to get to (and around) than most parts of DC. If you limit yourself to DC, you are going to be very frustrated with your Chowhound options.
That said, Pho 75 in Rosslyn is a very good choice, though it's been a while since I've been there. I wind up sometimes at the Pho place in Eden Center next to Four Sisters, and I like it. If you want to stay in DC, I think Nam Viet is excellent all around, including the pho.
For a quick fix (but with only 5 options), my Chicken Pho (white meat, alright portioned, general tasting noodles) was pretty decent from Asian Bistro (1901 L St, NW - 19th & L). I read somewhere else that they are Korean-owned, but the chicken broth was pretty aromatic and flavourful, despite being canned broth (saw the cans stacked up on the shelf).
They also have Ha Noi Beef, Vegetarian, Roast Pork, and "Deluxe" (pork, shrimp & imitation crabmeat) Pho as options, but I don't know what they're like.
Since it's DC, it was a bit pricey at $7.50 for Chicken, but for me, it was big enough I can split it for 2 lunches.
Mind you, this is only for a good, quick fix, as it was for the cold, bone-chilling day like today.
Yeah, the burbs are where this type of cuisine really shines in DC. I don't really know of anywhere good in DC.
There is a very recent thread on asian supermarkets, Annandale is especially good for this. Lots of Thai and other ethnic groceries of this variety stocked with lots of good stuff. I would definately check out Annandale and NOVA for this.
That strip mall in Rosslyn is all good food.
Nam Viet. Great pho, but everything else shines brighter. As for great soups in another thread from today - go there and get the sweet and spicy salmon soup - incredible.
I like the pho at Pacific Cafe at 12th and Penn SE. It's not fantastic, but it works in a pinch and is convienient for those of us who don't want to drive out to VA.
You won't find good pho in dc.
Pho- pho 75, Pho Cyclo, there's also a few in seven corners. There you can also find the vest bubble tea i have had in this area. If you google "four sister" (a Vietnamese restaurant I highly recommend) the pho places and bubble tea place is right next to it. It's like a mini-Vietnam. Good Luck.