Pho 75

Written by on September 21, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Between the Court House and Rosslyn neighborhoods in Arlington, Virginia

How I heard of this place: Initially, I learned of Pho 75 from the Washington Post article:Top 40 Dishes Every Washingtonian Must Try. Then, we realized how close it actually is (next to Ray’s Hell Burger) and made it a point to visit.

Type of cuisine: Pho. Pure and simple, Vietnamese noodle soup with accoutrements.

Ambiance: The strip mall store-front looks relatively small from the windows outsides, but once we entered, we were pleasantly surprised by the large, square-shaped, completely open space, immediately beyond the boxed entryway and neck-height wall giving way to the line that begins to form soon after our 6:30 p.m. arrival and seating. The cafeteria setting, with tables at the sides, and stuck together in the center of the room, accompanied by chairs, allow for individual, small, and large party seating without a long wait, and forcibly friendly with neighboring diners. The white walls are decorated sparsely with framed awards and recognition, as well as random shots of, what one may presume are sights from the coastline of Vietnam. High ceilings, recessed lights and frigid air conditioning set the stage for our meal.

What I ordered: For the girls: Regular sized bowls (To Nho) of Pho Ga (Chicken Noodle Soup) ($6.95 each) and for the boys: regular sized bowls of #12 Tai Chin ($6.95 each) with slices of eye-of-round steak and well-done brisket. One glass of Xi Muoi ($2), an iced salty plum drink and two Nuoc Ngot ($1.50 each), soda: Diet Coke and Coke. A plate of bean sprouts, Thai basil, lime wedges and sliced, fresh jalapenos was also offered to add to our soups.

Pho 75

What I loved: Fresh lime wedges, fresh jalapenos and the ever-famous Sriracha (rooster) sauce! The salty plum beverage, too, was interestingly and surprisingly satisfying.

Why I loved it: A simple menu with limited options of a fare you know is done well – when it’s the only thing offered! I would have preferred a vegetarian option, but the soup was lightly seasoned, the noodles plentiful and the accoutrements fresh and crispy.

Cost: Low ($5.50-$7.95 per bowl)

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