Cheap Eats 2010: Pho 88
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 15, 2010
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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: As with most pho houses, you won’t come for the atmosphere. But the stark interior doesn’t matter when the broth is this good—deeper, richer, and darker than you’ll find elsewhere.

What to get: Pho with any of the usual meat choices (brisket, flank steak, beef tendon) plus tripe, which adds flavor even if you don’t eat it; juicy pork chops with a slightly sweet marinade; thick Vietnamese coffee; almond-milk bubble tea.

Best for: Curing a hangover or a cold. Pho isn’t called “Vietnamese penicillin” for nothing.

Insider tip: Smoothies are on the too-sweet side. For a sugar fix, head to Raulin’s Bakery in the same shopping center.

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