Phung Hoang, Eden Center, 6795 Wilson Blvd., # 39, Falls Church, VA, Saigon West Mall (near Hai Duong, inside), 703-538-6732, 9-8 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | WaPo | City Paper | Yelp]
Are you, like me, sick of trying new Pho places? Don’t let that put you off this one. It looks like Pho, and maybe technically it counts as Pho, but this place serves up very different tastes. Yes it is noodles in a bowl. Yes it comes with bean sprouts and lime. But it’s not the same tastes as everywhere else! The spicy #2 with beef is a good place to start. They have other soups with fish paste, crab, shrimps, etc. This is not an all-purpose restaurant, but if you’re a fan of Vietnamese food there are numerous original soups here worth trying, quality is uniformly good.