Best Vietnamese in Washington Ave. vicinity?
The options in this area have always seemed a little overwhelming. In a couple of old threads, people have recommended Pho Ha and Nam Phuong. Are these still the best places? Thanks for any suggestions!
My favorite is Le Viet, on 11th a few doors north of Washington. I wasn't crazy about Nam Phuong on my one visit but that was a few years ago, I was a bit less into Vietnamese food at the time.
There's a great tofu banh mi to be had at Saigon Tofu, which is in the two-story shopping center right behind Nam Phuong, on the ground floor closest to 11th St.
Pretty sure Saigon Tofu closed a while back.
Nam Phuong has some good seafood options. They do a great deep fried whole fish. They will also make vegetarian summer rolls--usually they have shrimp and pork, but they can omit either or both. The shrimp skewered on sugarcane is really good too, but be advised this is a sort of shrimp paste wrapped around the sugarcane then grilled. You eat the shrimp then suck juice out of the sugarcane. I also recommend the clams in black bean sauce.
Best pho place in town has been Pho Ha (6th and Washington Ave.) for a long time.
For eating-out comfort food nothing beats pho or tofu chigae (Korean stew). And for pho I'd brave the slow drive on 76 to visit Pho Ha instead of the nearby places such as "Pho & Beyond" and "Pho and More".
Here are the reasons: it tastes fresh, the sprouts/basil/pepper slices on the accompanying plate can't be fresher, the bowl is big enough even when you order the "small" serving, It's steaming hot and the soup is tasty, you can order it "custom built" and have only what you want to eat the most in your bowl.
I have tried many other pho places. Pho Ha beats them all.