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Pho Grand St. Louis Question

I think I am finally going to make it here on Saturday with a couple of lady friends. Since I'm a novice at Vietnamese cuisine, I'm not sure how to proceed here. I do love noodles, spicy stir fry's, and am pretty open to the whole experience. Is there anything that I should not miss? I'm pretty excited as this has been on my radar for a couple of years now. I hear there is a pretty decent martini bar across the street as well? What's the 4-1-1 on it? Many thanks in advance.

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  1. Personally, I really like the fresh spring rolls which are generally excellent.

    The menu is pretty large so you'll have a lot of options besides pho. I don't get there as often as I used to so I have no specifics.

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    1. re: jlawrence01

      I like rice crepes with ground pork and grilled pork. Duck soup with egg noodles is very good, too. For meatless, I like fried tofu bun, which is a cold rice noodle dish with lots of herbs and vegetables.

    2. The iced coffee is tasty. More of a dessert.

      1. We like the Martini Bar. Absolutely Goose'd. Eclectic clientele, good drinks.


        1. really one of the best Vietnamese places I've been to and we're talking SF to NYC and many points in between.

          1. the etiquette with the fried (not fresh) spring rolls is to take the lettuce, add the offered sides and wrap it around the roll - much easier than fork and knife or sticks and plenty of flavor with no greasy fingers. very pragmatic.

            but seriously, I can't think of a single miss I've ever had there. and it's a must whenever I'm back in town. what's really cool is in nice weather get take out lunch and go to one of the smaller pavilions in the East end of TG Park.

            1. The martini bar is a dive in a bad way. Dark, smoky, terribly unimaginative decor and not very comfortable. Kind of reminds me of a frat house basement bar.

              Give Errato wine bar a try. They also have cocktails.

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              1. re: mister

                what. I think that Absolutli Goosed has some of the nicest waitstaff and best drinks of most bars in St. Louis.

                CBGBs is a dive. AG is a neighborhood bar.

                Incidentally, I think there are better Vietnamese places that are far more authentic than Pho Grand. Go further south on Grand to Bahn Mi So, or to one of the smaller places on Gravois.

              2. Thanks to all for the suggestions. I'm pretty excited about this venture and I'm lucky enough to have 2 lovelies joining me. They are fans of the Absolutli place so I'm sure we will end up there at some point. I will post a report after the adventure.

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                  1. re: hill food

                    I feel terrible beacause after all my anticipation, my companions opted for appies that night instead of hooking me up at Pho. We stopped at the Royale and Stella Blue and then Harry's for the karaoke. I'll convince them next trip or I'll go myself. Thanks to all for the suggestions.

                      1. re: DetectDave

                        I hope you liked the Royale... it's one of my favorite places to go for food and/or drinks.

                        1. re: Merrittduncan

                          I actually did. The appies were pretty good and drink prices quite reasonable. I will go back there.!