Pho 75 - Rockville
This mini-chain puts out the area's best, most restorative Vietnamese soups.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 30, 2006
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Pho 75 - Rockville
Address: 771 Hungerford Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-309-8873
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Vietnamese, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open daily 9 AM to 8 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Pho, with brisket, fatty brisket, soft tendon, flank stank, tripe, or meatballs; lemon soda; numbers 3, 5, and 9; lemonade; iced coffee.
Price Details: Small pho, $5.95; large pho, $6.80.

From June 2006 Cheap Eats

Pho is often called a soup, but it's really more of an elixir. The fiercely beefy broth with notes of star anise and legendary restorative powers draws legions of fans to these streamlined parlors.

Go on a Sunday at noon for the ultimate experience: Vietnamese fathers teaching toddlers how to slurp the noodles just so, grandmothers liberally shaking hot sauce into their steaming bowls, teenagers giggling and sipping on fresh-squeezed lemon sodas. All of it unfolds at long communal tables arranged in cafeteria-style rows.

For a one-dish concept, the menu is miles long. Besides the broth and thin rice noodles, you get your pick of beef: brisket, fatty brisket, soft tendon, flank steak, tripe, meatballs, and more. You can customize your bowl with as many beefy bits as you like. And you can add sprouts, a spritz of lime, green chilies, or Asian basil to taste--all of which you'll find on a heaping plate that arrives with the soup. A dash of soy sauce and a shot of hoisin and you don't need much more to find bliss.

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