Monday, June 20, 2011

Pho N' More

Rating: Great!
Genre: Vietnamese Pho, Thai Noodles
Neighborhood: Vienna

(Update 08-13-11) I've gone back to Pho N' More to try some of their summer specials to compare them it to their most delic winter special dish, the volcano. I went with the lemongrass noodles which was basically tom yum soup with seafood and rice noodles. Quite delicious but not as good as the volcano cause it doesn't have the same firery burn as the volcano; but I guess thats why this is a summer special dish and volcano is a winter special dish :P

I'm pretty much a huge purveyor of pho, and I've been a stubborn, loyal customer of Pho 75 for the past 15-ish years. It's my firm belief that no other pho is better than the pho at Pho 75, so refuse to ever go anywhere else. One day I noticed the "Grand Opening" sign of a new pho joint in Vienna by my mom's place and passed it off as another bad pho restaurant. Turns out, I randomly decided to try this place one night because I was really craving pho and Pho 75 had already closed for the night, and this was the only other place that was coming to mind. I wasn't really expecting much out of it, but left with the feeling that they really got something special going on.

The first thing I noticed was the price of a bowl of Pho- $8!? As gruff as I was when seeing the price, I understood why it was priced at that when I saw the size of my portion. The bowl of pho is a lot bigger than your average pho bowl, and you get an extra large spoon just to help you delve into it. There's tons of meat and noodles on top of the broth. The broth was actually pretty decent. Not as good as Pho 75 or anything, but definitely one of the better ones I've had around NoVa. Also, if you love tendons like me, you'll be pleased to know that they serve their tendons in nice, soft, chunks and they don't shy away at all on the portions.

Now that I've explained the Pho, let me explain why I think Pho N More is definitely worth the trip, even if there are better and cheaper Pho places. Notice that the name of the restaurant it Pho N More. The "More" part is referring to array of other noodle soups you can choose from. I believe that this restaurant is owned by both Vietnamese and Thai so you get the best of both worlds (I can order a Thai Iced Tea and Vietnamese Coffee!). The other noodle soups include a Chinese beef broth soup (Earthquake), a pad thai noodle soup (Tornado), a seafood noodle soup in yentafo broth (Typhoon) and some other spicy thai noodle soup (Tsunami). On top of that, you get to pick the type of noodle you want in the broth you choose (this goes for the Pho as well).You have a choice of think rice noodles, wide rice noodles, udon, shirataki, and ba mee. I especially LOVE the Volcano (though I think it was only a special for the cold season). It's a spicy thai noodle soup dish and they don't back down on the spicy aspect one bit! There's also a lot of fresh and good quality seafood they toss in there on top of that.

The interior of the restaurant is clean and the service is great. It is a lot more modern than most Pho places I've been too which is nice for a change. They also serve some Thai dishes in case you're not in the mood for noodles. My sister got their drunken noodles one night and was pleasantly surprised by just how spicy they make it! Be sure to try some of their other noodle soups if you every go. I go here everything I want Pho quickly (because the other option is to fight through Seven Corner's traffic) or whenever I crave a spicy, throat scorching noodle soup dish. Definitely don't skip out on this one, especially if you're a noodle slut like me.

144 Maple Ave W
Vienna, VA 22180

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