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Good Pho in D.C.?

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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.


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  1. 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 Because of competing business interests to build a canal on the Virginia side, Virginia rescinded its offer and it never became part of the capital.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.

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    1. re: Steve

      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.

    2. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

            1. As the other commentors have said, the Asian selections, both groceries and restaurants, within DC are limited.

              Even counting the DC suburbs, the Asian population in the Bay Area is larger than that of DC, so your choices are greater there. However, if you go to where the best Asian food is (Arlington/Falls Church for Vietnamese, Rockville for Chinese, Annandale for Korean), you can do pretty well. If you don't have a car, note that you can get to Arlington, Falls Church, and Rockville by metro.

              Regarding Pho in DC, there are a few restaurants that have pho, but there are no pho places (places that focus on pho). Personally, I prefer to have pho at a place where it is the focus. As Steve said, Pho 75 has a location in Rosslyn, perhaps three blocks from the Metro.

              Eden Center is about one mile from the East Falls Church metro stop. It's a Vietnamese shopping center, with several places that serve bubble tea, a branch of a local Chinese bakery, etc. There's a place that sells fresh tofu, two Vietnamese markets, many places that sell banh mi. It's worth the trip.

              1. The pho place in the same strip mall as ray's the steaks was dirty. last evening (monday night), we stopped in to see their menu, and it was somewhat busy with 1/2 anglos, 1/2 asian. just trashy, as if no pride in the establishment. it has been there years, but i won't go. i think it is pho 75. and i don't consider that as rosslyn. so happy we were eating at ray's!

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                1. re: alkapal

                  I haven't been to that Pho 75 (which I would definitely consider Rosslyn--it's maybe 3 blocks from the Rosslyn metro) in a few months, but I suspect that it's probably the same as it always is, which is to say the same as most pho places--kind of a hole in the wall. You'll be hard-pressed to find an "upscale" pho place; the only one I can think of offhand is Pho Hot in Annadale.

                  Pho Hot Restaurant
                  7442 Little River Tpke, Annandale, VA 22003

                  Pho 75
                  1721 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

                2. I understand that options are limited in D.C., which is exactly why I was asking for the advice of fellow chowhounds, to try to pick out what's passable in the District. Unfortunately, like many who actually live in the district, I don't have access to a car. I live by the metro and take it to work, to shop, to eat, which severely limits my options. So I am only focused on the district because of my transportation limitations not because of a snobby perception that the burbs don't cut it. Trust me, I wish I could afford to have a car to go to all the great ethnic places you all speak so highly of.

                  That said, thanks so much for all these suggestions. I will definitely post again once I get to try some..

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                  1. re: arose

                    I have the same issue, and that's even having a car -- it's just much easier to go places I can walk, metro, or bus to easily -- that's even a main reason I moved here in the first place -- and so it's taking me much longer to explore the really wonderful immigrant food to be found in the burbs.
                    That said, some of these great non-DC places are just as metro accessible as places in DC -- like that pho place that's an easy walk from the Rosslyn metro (Is that a Pho 75? It's been there for ages). If you start from Metro Center, say, that's as close as Cleveland Park, where Nam Viet is, and for probably a good bit better pho.

                    One of the things I love about this area is how it's the best (or the good, at least) of so many worlds.

                    1. re: arose

                      If you use the Metro to leave the District, your options are probably less limited than you think.

                      In addition to Pho 75 and Eden Center, here are some other Asian places that are Metro-accessible:

                      Minh's: Vietnamese (Clarendon metro)
                      Joe's Noodle House: Chinese (Twinbrook metro)
                      A&J: Chinese (Twinbrook metro)
                      Kam Sam/Maxim: Chinese grocery stores (Rockville metro)
                      Asian Foods: Thai grocery store/carryout (Wheaton metro)
                      Pho Hiep Hoa: Pho (Wheaton metro; same strip mall as Asian Foods)
                      Hollywood East: Chinese (Wheaton metro)

                      1. re: Lori D

                        Can you really get to Eden Center via Metro?

                        1. re: mselectra

                          It's about 1 mile away from the East Falls Church stop, so it's a bit of a walk, but certainly possible (I've done it a couple of times, although I normally drive). I understand that there are buses that go that route, but I've never taken them. There is a also a cab stand there; it would be a pretty cheap cab ride from the metro.

                          1. re: Lori D

                            On a nice day, the walk is fine - it's a bit hilly, but there is a sidewalk the entire way. I saw only ONE bus pass during my walk from the metro, so maybe walking is more efficient than the bus.

                            When you exit the metro, just take the main drag going to the RIGHT. What's a bummer about walking is having to limit what you buy to bring back home! I wanted to buy, buy, buy in the market, but I didn't want to carry it all back home. Eating at Eden Center is a lot of fun, and can be very inexpensive. Definitely give it a try even if you don't have a car.

                        2. re: Lori D

                          Eden Center is a great place if you want choices for Asian Food. The parking is horrible, but t he food is well worth the wait. 4 Sister's isn't bad.

                        3. re: arose

                          go to pho 75- it is focused solely on pho and you will love it. Also very easi to get to from the metro (rosslyn metro).

                          1. re: arose

                            Get thee to the Metro, then, as there's no good pho in DC proper to the best of my knowledge. The closest Metro-accessible pho to the city is probably the Pho 75 in Rosslyn, which is pretty decent (although the bowls sometimes have a slight chemical smell if they're busy and haven't done a great job rinsing them after cleaning them during the lunch rush).

                          2. There is a really good pho place on CT Ave in Cleveland Park, on the same side of the street as Dino & Ardeo/Bardeo. I think it's Pho 75 but i could be mistaken. They all have similar names! You didn't say what part of town you live in but it's literally a block from the Cleveland Park metro.

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                            1. re: DCDOLL

                              You are thinking of Nam Viet. I believe the sign says "Nam Viet and Pho 79". The broth is generally very good at Nam Viet, but you never get the same accoutrements in a restaurant as in a Pho parlor.

                              1. re: Steve

                                does anyone have a primer on pho? where we stopped in on Monday, the names were exclusively inl vietnamese, but no explanations of how they differed (except for the english name of the meat in the name)

                                1. re: alkapal

                                  nam viet is my choice, its consistently great!

                                  1. re: alkapal

                                    Pho is pretty simple: for the most part, it's "just" a bowl of beef broth (although a good pho broth is a thick luscious anise-y bowl of wonder that is to plain beef broth as a good wine is to Bartles & James), plus some noodles and usually an assortment of meats, which is why the explanations are just lists of which meats you get. For a newbie, I'd suggest trying the tai (rare beef round that cooks in the heat of the broth, kind of like shabu-shabu if you're familiar w/ that) and/or chin (well-done brisket); some places also have pho ga (chicken pho) or (rarely) pho lon (pork pho).

                                    When you get the pho, you'll also get a plate of other stuff, usually including bean sprouts, sliced peppers, lime, and herbs like hong que (thai basil) and ngo gai (called lots of things in English, including "saw-toothed herb" and "culantro"--it's like a less-soapy more-earthy cilantro). You add those to the pho to taste--I like to throw in most of the bean sprouts first so they start to wilt a little from the heat of the broth, then tear the herbs and dump those in, toss in a few slices of jalapeno, and then squeeze the lime on top. (You can also order extra toppings like pickled onions, which I also like.)

                                    You'll also have two squeeze bottles on the table--one w/ a brown sauce (hoisin/plum sauce), and one w/ a red sauce (sri ra cha sauce, which is one of the best spicy condiments around). Some folks like to squirt those into the pho, but I find that that overwhelms the flavor of the broth; instead, try taking an extra spoon (most pho places have a spoon rack and a can of chopsticks at each table) and filling it half w/ the hoisin and half w/ the sri ra cha, and then dipping your meats in those to taste as you eat the pho. (Some pho places will even give you a little dish for the sauces.)

                                    The last tip I'd give you is to try a two-fisted eating style, w/ chopsticks in your right hand and spoon in your left; it's much more efficient, and lets you get just the right mixture of meat, noodle, broth, garnishes, and condiments to suit your taste in each mouthful. (The only problem w/ that method is that I'm often eating pho alone, and when I don't have people to talk to I like to read while eating, but it's hard to hold a book open when your hands are busy pushing wonderful beefy goodness into your mouth.)

                                    1. re: sweth

                                      sweth, thank you so much for taking time and effort to help me get the "pho" deal. sweth, the long viet names in the dish titles are the side ingredients that you will get as add-ins? i may have to find some translations. thanks for the eating tip, too!

                                      1. re: alkapal

                                        The pho titles usually just correspond to the meats; the veggies should come with any bowl, with a few exceptions like the pickled onions, which are ordered as side dishes. The menu at Pho 75 (available online at http://washingtondc.menupages.com/res... ) does a pretty good job of translating; as I mentioned before, tai and chin are probably the best to start with for most western palates, which often aren't used to the fattiness of the briskets or the texture of tendon or tripe.

                                        (If you've never had it, you may also want to try the ca phe sua as a drink and/or dessert (like turkish coffee cut w/ sweetened condensed milk; also available as an iced drink); most folks I know love it, although many of them don't stop twitching for a few hours afterwards.)

                                        1. re: sweth

                                          ok, sweth, you order a numbered dish (they mostly look like meat combos), and the pho comes with those meats listed. do you order the "extra topping" of meat, too? what is tendon? how is tripe?

                                          1. re: alkapal

                                            If you're adventurous, I'd recommend getting the house "special" which has a little of everything. The eye of round is usually what most people get. It's thin slice of rare beef which is cooked by the broth. Eat it while it's still a little red so you can savor the tenderness of the cut. The brisket is a little fatty and if you like chewy meats this is good. The tendon is excellent if prepared correctly as it'll be so soft as to melt in your mouth. If you like the texture of tripe, go for it. usually it's a little chewy, but not much. Other toppings you can add include the Vietnamese beef balls, which have bits of tendon mixed with the beef. They're more chewy than most people are used to, but very good.

                                            1. re: alkapal

                                              You can get "extra meat" as an add-on at most pho places, but you don't normally need to order anything extra. Tendon is a connective tissue attaching muscle to bone; it's high in collagen, so when cooked slowly, it gets the same sort of good texture that good braised ribs get. I've honestly never gotten into tripe, although I've only tried it a couple of times.

                                        2. re: sweth

                                          Yeah, don't expect any of these accoutrements at Nam Viet, as it is a full restaurant and not pho-centered. I just had pho there for the first time this weekend. I know there's a lot of support for it on this board, but I was pretty disappointed. I thought the broth was weak, the noodles an odd texture...They didn't bring any basil or bean sprouts to sprinkle in, although they did bring me some lime when I asked for it out of desperation. My companion had the chicken version, which I thought had a slightly more flavorful broth.
                                          I'm looking forward to trying Pho 75! High hopes...

                                          1. re: hamster

                                            Northern Vietnamese styles rarely have the herbs, etc., on the side. In the south, when you do have them, sprinkle the herbs in a little as you go - maybe 3 times during the course of a large bowl.

                                            I've had pho at Nam Viet once and thought it decent, but they definitely angle to the north (there's another distinction that I forget right now about differences btwn N & S styles). Anyway, soup-wise at Nam Viet, you gotta get the sweet and spicy salmon soup - incredibly good.

                                            1. re: Dennis S

                                              Here's an article that helped me immensely a few years ago - only now saw that it was written way back in 97: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

                                              While getting that one, I found this one that explains how the differences occurred btwn North and South: http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/books...

                                              And of course: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ph%E1%BB%9F

                                              1. re: Dennis S

                                                thanks for those interesting links, Dennis.

                                                1. re: Dennis S

                                                  I ended up at Nam Viet the other day (ordered my default salmon soup and the curried squid) and re-read the description about themselves. They state that they're southern - in fact that Nam Viet means south Vietnam (or something along those lines). But I guess they might just be traditional to the pho - by not serving the garnishes.

                                                  Btw, had pho today at Pho Reston 75 and they still knock it out of the park, imo. This is the one tucked away in Tall Oaks off Wiehle.

                                                  Pho Reston 75
                                                  12020 N Shore Dr, Reston, VA 20190

                                            2. re: sweth

                                              Wow. This explains it. On another thread the discussion was about training yourself to like things you don't like. I made the comment that I like the cilantro in pho but not in salsa. I always thought they were the same until now.

                                              1. re: rHairing

                                                Do the two cilantros you're talking about look the same? Because culantro only tastes like cilantro; it looks more like a weed than anything else (or at least the examples that I've seen do).

                                      2. I know the topic is good Pho in DC but it appears this discussion is expanding the geographic reach and I figured I would push it a little further as well.

                                        I spent 5 years living in the Bay Area and had some great Pho in San Fran and San Jose. So far the best Pho I have had in this area by a long shot is in Centreville at a place called Pho Bistro.

                                        It is near the intersection of Rt's 29 and 28 on Centrewood Dr. It is in a large strip mall. I am usually one of the few non-Asians in the place. 80% Vietnamese eat here. It is super clean, service is very fast, and the broth is the most flavorful I've had in a long time. They give a great amount of fresh bean sprouts, lot's of fresh Vietnamese Basil, which I love, and a big helping with plenty of meat and noodles. I usually get the Tai Chin Nam. I normally will get the Mango smoothie drink that kills the heat from the Jalepeno and "Rooster" sauce I put in my soup.

                                        I've taken six others here and everyone was incredibly impressed. No other way to get here other than by a car.

                                        I have tried Pho75 but sometimes the broth is weak/thin with not much flavor and I did taste some chemical residue from the bowl just being cleaned once.

                                        I usually eat here at least 3-4 times a month

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                                        1. re: LoveFood2Much

                                          Pho Bistro is my usual pho haunt as I live nearby. However, most of the clientele is Korean, not Vietnamese. Centreville is a becoming a hub for Korean American businesses and residences. I agree it's probably one of the better pho joints in the DC area, clean and friendly.

                                          1. re: dpan

                                            I'm going to have to sojourn down there and try it. There used to be a couple of good places on 50 near 28 as well, but I haven't seen if they're still there. Agree on Pho75 - I also worry that they take good broth (during or after a rush), add some MSG and water to replenish the stock. I haven't been to any of their outposts in some time and plan to keep it that way.

                                            If a former SF'er is recommending a pho place - that's a good sign!

                                            1. re: Dennis S

                                              Dennis S-you sure do get spoiled eating in the Bay Area. Thanks for the confidence. As a single guy I ate out every night at a variety of restaurants, high end/low end/multi-ethnic/basic
                                              The one odd thing I found about eating there was I couldn't find any very good Italian restaurants. That was the one cuisine they are lacking. The only two places I liked was Pane e Vino on Sutter and Acquerello on Sacremento. I tried many in Little Italy off Columbus but most were over rated, including the Stinking Rose.

                                              Well I'm really getting off topic so I better go.........

                                              1. re: LoveFood2Much

                                                really getting off topic. I'm going to SF next week, staying at the SF Marriott. Know any good places nearby since I will be walking? It's been ages since I've been in SF. Have you tried Pho Lulu in Centreville? I've driven by the place since it's just down the street by Pho Bistro. The broth at Pho Bistro is excellent, good balance of beef and anise flavors.

                                                1. re: dpan

                                                  Please keep conversation about places to find great chow in SF on the San Francisco Bay Area Board, and keep this one focused on the Washington DC and Baltimore area.

                                                2. re: Dennis S

                                                  Finally got to Pho Bistro yesterday. I was doing a bunch of "Life Maintenance" and decided I'd either try it or Sichuan Village. The rain made the decision easy.

                                                  First impression was negative due to the look of the place. It looked to me like a trendy pho place for college students - I'm highly partial to holes in the wall run by a family - most notably the late Nyugen Deli in Herndon (DAMN good pho).

                                                  However, there were other non-food things that did impress me over the trip; a waiter that seemed to be either English or Australian at first to me was able to converse with many Asians in what I took to be Vietnamese - and the place was packed, even at 2pm.

                                                  As far as the food, the broth was very good and the helpings of meat and noodles were large. Nothing overly special about the garnishes except I noticed there wasn't any fish sauce on the tables. While I love it in many dishes, I don't add it to my pho, so for me that wasn't a huge issue.

                                                  I doubt I'll get back there soon or often as it's a bit of a trek (and Pho Reston 75 takes care of my pho jones), but I'm glad I was able to go.

                                                  Now to get to Pho Hot before too much time passes...

                                                  1. re: Dennis S

                                                    You can get the fish sauce if you ask. They just don't put it out on the tables.

                                                    1. re: Dennis S

                                                      Dennis S-thanks for taking the time out to try one of my recommendations and the honest review.

                                                      I will return the favor and try Pho Hot within the next week or so and write my review.

                                              2. So I went to the vietnamese retaraunt on 12th and Penn SE, Pacific Cafe. but it definitely wasn't worth it. Not expensive, but it didn't have much flavor. my fave part about pho is all the fixin's of which they were definitely lacking. Also the broth was too watery. That was jut a quick fix next stop is pho 75.

                                                However Pacific cafe looked good for other vietnamese dishes, and although sketcy on the houtside was totally cute inside. will definitely try again, just order something not pho.

                                                thanks all!

                                                1. I'm American but have been addicted to Pho for years (SF Bay Area and Seattle) and make a pilgrimage each week--usually to NoVA. Unfortunately it would be pretty inconvenient without a car.

                                                  I've gotten pretty addicted to Pho Hot in Annandale. My prior favorte was Pho Tay Ho in Falls Church. Pho Hot is much more consistently outstanding and recently renovated, friendly and rarely crowded. It's got this really cool "pot of fire" object in the middle of restaurant.

                                                  For those just getting into Pho and feeling adventurous you'll sometimes see on menus "suited to American tastes" or similar wording. That usually means just what I'm going to order. I'm kind of a snout-to-tail guy anyway and Vietnamese sensibilities seem to agree. "Traditional" (an arguable term) is almost always item #1 on the menu.

                                                  There's one I just noticed called Pho King in Alexandria that's gotten one rave review on another site so I'll give that one a try. Hopefully won't be disappointed or will probably end up making two trips to NoVA next weekend.

                                                  Cheers. bb

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                                                  1. re: bbarrick

                                                    Where's Pho King? I thought I knew all of the Pho places in Alexandria, but I haven't seen that one.

                                                    In related news, I tried Pho Kim in the Rose Hill shopping center in Alexandria for lunch today, and it was very mediocre. The broth, noodles, and meat were all bland (for the first time in a long time, I felt compelled to squirt some hoisin and sri ra cha right into the bowl to try to give it some flavor), and the ratios were all wrong (tons of watery noodles, barely any meat or broth, and skimpy portions of bean sprouts and basil). The best thing I could say about it was that the broth wasn't full of MSG, and the ca phe sua was fine (although it's hard to screw up "pour condensed milk into mug, put coffee grounds in coffee press, add hot water").

                                                    Pho Kim Restaurant
                                                    6050 Rose Hill Dr Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22310

                                                    1. re: sweth

                                                      Pho King is at 3108 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305. Funny, your review of Pho Kim might be exactly mine of Pho King. I got there at 1pm and the place was empty. Took them 10 minutes to put the bowl on my table so my guess was that nothing was ready. Tons of watery noodles, little meat, thin broth, skimpy on sprouts and basil, even the pepper was was remarkably tasteless. Not terrible but oh well, back to Pho Hot for me! bb

                                                    2. re: bbarrick

                                                      I was back at my Pho Bistro again today for lunch in Centreville, 10 people waiting with me when I arrived and 15-20 when I left. The Pho was incredible and seems to be getting betting than ever. The amount of meat, noodles, and other goodies were enormous with tons of flavor. This place is a 9 out of 10, only because it is now always crowded and need to wait for a seat. Not easy trip for DC'er's but well worth a weekend drive.

                                                      1. re: bbarrick

                                                        omg.. oh no they didn't..

                                                        Pho King? Really?

                                                        I used to have a running joke about calling a vietnamese place "Pho King," and the endless possibilities for a radio commercial..

                                                        I mean, you have to realize, "Pho" is actually pronounced like "fuh.."

                                                        btw do any of these places do the bbq pork banh mi? i've been dying for a good banh mi sandwich ever since I moved away from Austin.

                                                        1. re: rocdragon

                                                          Best bahn mi in the area is probably at Ba Le, in Rockville.

                                                          The best of the Pho places serve basically only Pho, so no bahn mi.

                                                          Bale Restaurant
                                                          842 Rockville Pike, A Rockville, MD

                                                          1. re: DanielK

                                                            I'm going to have to vote for Banh Mi So 1 in eden center for best sandwiches..something about the ba le formula is a little off to me.

                                                          2. re: rocdragon

                                                            for the bbq pork banh mi, song que in eden center (the owner of huong que, aka four sisters, side deli, located a couple doors down from them). actually my favorite banh mi place is Banh Mi So 1 in eden center, althougvh i'm not sure if they do the bbq pork sandwiches there..but i bet they do. when i go there though i always get the classic viet sandwich with french cold cuts and pate, etc.

                                                          3. re: bbarrick

                                                            I'm vietnamese and I have to agree Pho Hot is like crack to me..so consistent and always a perfectly balanced bowl of pho...I live in NY now but every time I come down to visit my family, my sister and I plan our meals and events around how many times I can pack in a bowl of Pho Hot! We're both serious pho addicts..before we discovered Pho Hot, Pho 50 on route 50 and Pho Cong Ly (back in the day it was great and very homemade tasting, but generally inconsistent these days..) were our regular haunts..but I dare say that I can't even choose between Pho Hot and my mom's pho now when I come down! That's how good it is. I think this place was made for hardcore pho addicts, considering they're open from like 8 to midnight every day, even holidays! I remember driving through a blizzard for pho hot once..on like xmas eve.

                                                            Also randomly, their fried chicken wings are really really good. hehe.

                                                          4. I like Pho Bistro better than a lot of pho joints, I have to say. They now have an outpost in Ashburn, and it's not nearly as busy. Vietnamese restaurants aren't nearly as common in Sterling/Ashburn.

                                                            And I actually have a shirt from Pho 79 (Richmond) that says 'it's pho king good' on the back. I'm so amused there's an actual Pho King!

                                                            1. pho 75 on rte 50 in falls church.

                                                              1. Pho 75 is hands-down the best, but it is admittedly bare bones (communal seating on spartan picnic benches). But who cares - everyone is just concentrating on the bowl in front of them. Good Vietnamese coffee, too.

                                                                1. Pho VN One is our favorite. Partner is Vietnamese and we have explored quite a bit. Pho 75 was our mainstay for years until we found Pho 88 (better than 75) and then Pho VN One -- more consistent and flavorful than both 75 and 88. Past the Ikea on 1 in Beltsville across from Costco.

                                                                  http://www.phofever.com/restaurants.p... (the Pho Directory!

                                                                  I'd love to hear what others think.

                                                                  Pho VN One
                                                                  11000 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705

                                                                  1. If you still haven't been to Pho 75 - here's how to: go to Metro station Rosslyn. Go up the hill to Nash St., make a right onto Wilson Blvd. and walk about 4 blocks. You will find a small strip on the right, just shortly after the fire station. The Pho 75 is nestled between the Meditarrenean and what I believe is a cell phone place. You will be rewarded! Anja
                                                                    And try craigslist for pho lovers with a car...............enjoy!