For the uninitiated, its the funny word you see on Vietnamese restaurant signs around town.
For the initiated, it is the perfect concoction of vermicelli, brisket, tripe, meatballs, basil, bean sprouts, chili, lime (etc., the ingredients list goes on and on), held together with the best light beefy broth you have ever dipped your tongue in.
That is, IF you can find a good bowl. It’s no secret among pho aficionados (especially those from larger metropolitan areas like LA, DC, ATL, HOU, i.e. areas with a large Vietnamese community) that it can be difficult, even rare, to find a good pho diner outside of these large metropolises. However…
Fear no longer! There is hope! Pho Far East came highly recommended to me by a co-worker, and I was not disappointed. If you go for lunch, expect quick service and extremely generous portions. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the combination bowl with all its meaty goodness. An appetizer spring roll and Thai iced tea is a refreshing choice on a hot summer day.
If pho is your thing, Pho Far East may likely become your go-to pho diner in the area. It may not be the 24/7 pho diner experience you can get from a larger city, but it is a welcome addition to my regular rotation. It seems like a pretty popular spot for lunch already, so make sure you have enough time to enjoy yourself among the lunch rush. Its definitely worth it!
And if you’ve never tried pho (if you grew up in NC, its likely you haven’t), STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND GO TO PHO FAR EAST.
If you have functioning taste buds, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.