There’s nothing better on a rainy day than a big bowl of Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup). I remembered that Super Pho had opened up their new downtown location, so I decided to give it a try. The last time I went to that address, it was to go to a restaurant called Soba, which also served Asian Cuisine. The storefront is fairly small, so you have to be careful not to miss it.
I walked in and was greeted by the server, who was pleasant. It came to mind that on their website they advertised a bowl of Pho on Tuesdays for $5.99, so I tried to order that, but was told by my server that the offer was only valid at the Lancaster location. So I looked at the menu some more and decided on the #6, which is Pho with all of the fixings. I ordered the large size, which was $7.95 and had round steak, flank, fatty brisket, shredded tripe, tendon, and meatballs. If I had added $2, I would have gotten a bowl that was larger than my head, but since it was lunchtime, I thought it was a bit excessive.
I’ve had Pho at lots of places up and down the West Coast, and this was really nothing special. I like the atmosphere and I also love the assortment of condiments and cleanliness, but the flavor of the soup left something to be desired.
Perhaps it was because I arrived shortly after they started serving for the day, but I noticed that there was no music. Towards the end of my meal, my server told me that there was a salon upstairs and that is why I had heard banging all through my meal. The lack of music didn’t bother me much though, being that I had gone with myself, but it might have been awkward if it was a first date or something of the sort. I feel that music often helps alleviate the pressure to make conversation when dining out.
The interior hasn’t changed much since it was the old Soba location, but there are definitely some conversation pieces there. I liked the fact that they had so many chili sauces to choose from on the table including a clove chili that I took a liking to. I’m not sure that I would go again though; the food doesn’t really justify the prices in my opinion. I went to the Lancaster location a few months ago with a friend and we had vegetarian dishes. I had a vegetarian pho and he had the lemongrass tofu. The portions seem large with the meat dishes but small with the vegetarian ones.
I think perhaps the deal breaker for me were the togo containers. There is no reason to use Styrofoam anymore.
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