Cheap Eats 2008: Pho 88
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Pho 88
Address: 10478 Baltimore Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705
Phone: 301-931-8128
Cuisines: Vietnamese, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 10 AM to 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 10 PM.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Pho number 3; pho number 5; pho ga with chicken; spring rolls; pork chops over rice; mango bubble tea.

Why go: The big tureens of long-simmered beef soup, the so-called Vietnamese penicillin, with its fragrant aromatics and subtle spices. At its best, the broth here is richer, darker, and more full-bodied than that found at other pho parlors.

What to get: Numbers 3 and 5, which include a variety of meats—beef tendon, fatty brisket—that add yet more richness to an already full-bodied soup; mango bubble tea.

Best for: A quick eat-in pick-me-up or a simple carryout meal with the power to revive the tired.

Insider tip: Though Westerners are not inclined to eat pho in the morning the way Vietnamese do, the broth is at its best early in the day; it pays to come early (Pho 88 opens at 10) and stash your takeout order in the fridge for later.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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