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Nov 12, 2009 08:27 AM

Pho Herndon

Tried this place today for lunch. It's been at least 3 successive pho/Vietnamese places over the years. The last incarnation - Pho and Beyond - was passable, and unfortunately the first place I knew it as - Nguyen Deli - was great for pho, bahn mi, and more.

This place has a full menu, including bahn mi.

The bahn mi is a bit bready, but good. It doesn't stand up to the better sandwiches at Eden center, but if you're in Herndon and have the hankering, it'll fill the urge.

I got a bowl of pho tai. I thought the serving was slightly small and the broth slightly thin, but overall it was a good bowl.

Pho Reston 75 still tops my list for pho in the Herndon/Reston area, followed by a loose tie of Pho 2000, Saigon 99, and now Pho Herndon, with Pho 75 (in the KMart center) bringing up the caboose.

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  1. I had lunch yesterday at Saigon Pho Style in Herndon. Didn't have pho, but had some Summer Rolls, Baby Clams Served with Toasted Sesame Rice Paper, Fine Vermicelli w/Beef, and Saigon Creped Happy Pancake. Nothing outstanding, but very tasty, and a nice diversion for lunch.

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    1. re: DanielK

      That's in the new little center with the Harris Teeter?

      There used to be one in the clock tower. I thought their broth was a little odd, but now it's been years since I've gone to really anything in the clock tower (except, unfortunately, Chuck E Cheese for my 4 yr old).

      1. re: Dennis S

        No, this is in an industrial park tucked in by Herndon Pkwy, Spring St, and FFX County Pkwy.

        1. re: DanielK

          Okay - for some reason Google gave me a bad map (or I didn't read it carefully enough). That's actually what I meant by listing Saigon 99.

          1. re: Dennis S

            Google gets Saigon Pho Style wrong if you type the name in to search, but hits it right if you Gmap the address.

            I will have to try Pho 2000 soon, as it's line of sight from my office. Just on the wrong side of the Toll Road. :-)

            1. re: DanielK

              Daniel - I tried Saigon Pho Style again today (it has been a few months). The broth was very sweet - so much so that I couldn't doctor it out of the sweet corner, and ended up leaving half of it behind (which I think is a first). I don't remember this from before and I think I would have. Any experience along those lines?

              On the plus side I got the crispy wontons (it's not in the first app list, IIRC) and man those were good.

              1. re: Dennis S

                Unfortunately, it seems to again prove that the pho-only places do a far better job than those that also have a full Vietnamese menu.

                I haven't been back since that trip in November, though I am really jonesing for pho in this weather!

                Wednesday I'll probably either hit Pho 2000 (Worldgate) or Pho 99 (Centerville & Sunrise Valley) and report back.

                1. re: DanielK

                  I'm not sure if you've followed the other thread talking about the same topic (recent postings here:, but I will say that for pho, Pho Reston 75 is top notch for pho, but alas, I haven't gotten into anything else on the menu. It's in Tall Oaks off Wiehle.

                  I think I'm NOT going to try perusing the PR75 menu other than pho, which had been a recent resolution, and instead go to Saigon and peruse their non-pho menu some more over coming weeks.

                  Please do post back, I will as I have more results.

                  1. re: Dennis S

                    I did see that, but the other two are stone-throwing distance from my office, and Pho Reston 75 is 10-15 minutes depending on traffic.

                    1. re: Dennis S

                      So, I went to Pho 99 today, which is in the Clock Tower shopping center at Centerville & Sunrise Valley, and ordered the #1 Large.

                      There will probably not be a return visit.

                      Compared to my personal gold standard, which is Pho 75 in Rockville,
                      * The broth was watery with little hint of richness or spice
                      * The herbs on the side were past their prime
                      * The meats were chewy
                      * It took almost 20 minutes from the time of ordering to when the bowl was placed on the table
                      * Extra meat, which at Pho 75 is $1 or $1.50, is $3.50 (I sometimes like to get extra tendon or meatballs in my #1).

                      On the plus side, they put a good number of onions in the bowl. I ate most of the meat and noodles, and left most of the soup behind, a first for me.

                      I needed a quick lunch, and this place is blocks from my office, so it was convenient. But next time I'll have to take a longer lunch, and try Pho Reston 75.

                      1. re: DanielK

                        My memory is jogged. I have been to Pho 99, but it's been years. I don't recall specifics, but I remember it striking me as a bit off (maybe even sweet like my recent experience at Saigon).

                        For all of this, I really need to be fair and go back to Pho 75 in the KMart shopping center. They were my first experience with pho some 10 years ago, but I haven't been to any of the locations for at least 5 years.

                  2. re: Dennis S

                    I've been there a couple of times and their beef noodle stew dish is pretty good. I like it with the RICE noodles ( It's a rich, deep dish with very tender stewed beef and quite a bit of sweetness from the carrots. Some may find it too sweet, but I think it's pretty good.

        2. Any favorites for banh mi in Reston/Herndon?

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          1. re: georgiarai

            The only one I know of is the namesake for this thread - which is over by Pollo Inka, Tortilla Factory, etc. The one I had was decent but hasn't pulled me back since writing the original post.