Pho Xe Lua
6765-A Wilson Blvd.
Falls Church, VA 22044
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
A bowl of pho is a bowl of pho is a bowl of pho--or so you might think. The same tangle of packaged noodles, the same paper-thin cuts of meat, the same platter of herbs-as-condiments. So why single out this Eden Center soup parlor?
Because its oxtail-simmered broth is superior to the dozens of versions we've slurped down elsewhere--note the consommé-like clarity and the delicate perfume it sends up in tiny puffs of steam. The noodles, too, are an upgrade. The inclusion of pleasantly bitter sawtooth herb among the add-on pile of fresh basil, mint and bean sprouts is likewise a plus.
Also good: Bowls with well-done brisket and beef tendon or with well-done brisket and flank and eye-round steak; a bowl with just pork meatball.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.