Soup[a] may not be something that inspires you to mark your calendar. In that case, you probably haven’t been to HA & VL. This no-nonsense Vietnamese spot serves a different soup throughout the week, a policy that leads its regulars to track which day, for instance, they can snag the popular crab-flake noodle soup, or where the pork-ball version now falls on the calendar. Owners Ha Luu and William Voung H. are responsible for these popular soups, which often sell out by noon. Of course, those who visit on the right day—Sundays, most recently—will also find pho, the traditional Vietnamese soup that’s chock-full of clear vermicelli noodles and tender morsels of beef, all in a savory broth that warms the spirit as much as it does the body.
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