Pho Hong Burlington VT
I tried this last night (a Sunday). I was there about 8pm and they had a fairly decent crowd. I also saw a lot of take out go out the door. They are open until 10pm but I didn't notice how early they start serving.
I was very happy with my meal. I ordered the Panang Curry for 8:50. Decent sized portions, not enough to be over full but plenty for a meal. I had chicken. There was summer squash, red bell pepper, and carrot as well. The sauce was coconut milk, galangal, lemon grass, fish sauce and I'm sure a few things I missed. There was a hot element to the dish as well. I'm not sure if it was hot pepper or chili sauce. It was at the right level of heat. You could feel it, but it didn't drown out the rest of the flavors.
Service was quick and friendly. Atmosphere was pleasent. I'm excited to go back and try other things on the menu. The folks next to me had the summer rolls. They looked amazing and the consumers looked happy. : )
We just got back from dinner at Pho Hong and while I was quite pleased to see the place packed on a fairly snowy night (all of the tables were full) I found our meal only fair. We had the Pho (they don't offer the more adventurous versions with tendon and tripe or provide fresh chilis on the side) the eggplant Mon Xao and the Banh Xeo moon crepe.
The moon crepe is something that we usually have to drive up to Montreal to find and Pho Hong's version will not change that. The eggplant lacked spice and the pho was equally shallow. They seem to have anticipated a more american palate and have toned down their dishes. Still they do blow the doors off of the other Vietnamese offerings in the area.
They have done wonders in reinventing the space, where before it was ...well, icky and cluttered now it is a clean comfortable space.
No chilis?! I'm assuming they only serve the pho with basil leaves, bean sprouts and a wedge of lime? No other greens?
I still need to give it a try, but it seems that the only good pho in the VT, W MA/NH area is Vinh Chau in Springfield, MA. Which I'm happy to travel to since I'm in the area for work fairly often.
We went here for a late lunch yesterday - around 3:00, the place was empty, so we got very good service! :) The fresh summer rolls were disappointing... too chewy, like they'd been made much earlier in the day. We both had the Bun Thit Nuong - vermicelli rice noodle salad with sliced roast pork, and fresh bean sprouts, herbs, cucumber and lettuce. They were great - obviously freshly made - and a good-sized lunch for $6.50. Sriracha and hoison were on the table if you want more sauce. I'd definitely go again just for that dish!