Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Wednesday 11 AM to 9:30 PM, Thursday through Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Columbia Heights
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Pho; skewered shrimp; grilled pork bun; sliced beef short ribs.
Price Details: Regular-sized pho, $7.95; large pho, $8.95.
Pho 14’s version of the much-loved Vietnamese noodle soup pho (regular $7.95, large $8.95) may not convert the die-hards who flock to the suburbs to visit Pho 75, but this Columbia Heights cafe’s bowls have a lot going for them, including a hit of anise, a variety of meats, and accompaniments such as bean sprouts, basil, lime, and jalapeños.
Other bargains include artfully plated sliced beef short ribs ($8.95) served with a mound of rice and ribbons of colorful veggies. Succulent grilled pork is the star of a bowl of vermicelli bun ($8.95) accented with cucumber and chopped peanuts. Banh mi sandwiches come with a cup of beef broth and an appetizer, all for $8.95. Choose the skewered shrimp for your appetizer, which normally sells for $5.95, and you’ll be surprised at how well you can eat for so little.