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Pho Xe Lua

6765-A Wilson Blvd.
Falls Church, VA 22044

Cuisines: Vietnamese

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Business Attire

Noise Level: N/A

Reservations: Not Needed

Website: http://

Cheap Eats 2011: Pho Xe Lua

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.