Pho Vietnam II Restaurant
The cooks at Pho Vietnam Restaurant freshly craft more than 90 authentic Vietnamese menu items complemented by bubble teas and other specialty drinks. Generously portioned specialty entrees, including the braised short ribs of the suong rang mang ($14.95), land on white tabletops flanked by sleek black booths and a colorful aquarium filled with more fish than an overindulgent grizzly. Sure-handed chefs craft stir-fries that include xao xa ot, a mixture of chicken and lemongrass ($11.95), and shrimp pad ka pao, which lets shrimp get cozy in a spicy basil sauce served with jasmine rice ($14.95). Soft red light emanates from tasseled globe fixtures, and palates become entranced by heaping bowls of pho, a soupy staple that combines rice noodles with the diner's choice of meat. The pho soup is diligently crafted over 10 hours, eschewing bullion in favor of all fresh ingredients, with options including eye of round steak, brisket, chicken, and crab ($6.95+). Mouth gears can stay lubricated for munchathons and congressional filibusters with 16 different flavors of bubble tea ($4) as well as time-honored Vietnamese beverages such as ca phe den nong (Vietnamese black coffee) ($4) and sinh to trai bo (avocado shakes) ($4).