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Cheap Eats 2009: Pho 75 - Arlington
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009
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Pho 75 - Arlington
Address: 1721 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 703-525-7355
Neighborhood: Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse, Arlington
Cuisines: Vietnamese, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open daily 9 AM to 8 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Court House
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; fresh lemonade; iced coffee.
Price Details: Small pho, $5.95; large pho, $6.80.

Why go: These cafeteria-style pho parlors are short on variety and long on quality. That’s because they emphasize one dish—the elixir-like Vietnamese beef soup, a marvelous concoction of anise-perfumed broth, a tangle of rice noodles, and an array of beef cuts all floating in a bowl.

What to get: Pho with fatty brisket, flank steak, or meatballs, or with various bits of offal (numbers 3, 5, and 9); fresh-squeezed lemonade and lemon soda; dark Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk to drink hot or cold as dessert.

Best for: Anyone with a cold—not for nothing is pho called Vietnamese penicillin—or in need of a pick-me-up.

Insider tip: A regular-size bowl is more than enough for the average diner. Squirts of fish and hoisin sauce, leaves of holy basil and mint, and a spritz of lime—thin-sliced onions are available for 50 cents, and tart sawtooth, an herb, can be had on request—all enhance the fragrance and taste.

Open daily 9 to 8.

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