For Vietnamese soups, try any number of local Pho (pronounced pha) places, first choice is Pho 75, 3103 Graham Road, Suite B, Falls Church, VA, 703-204-1490, go early to avoid the line. Full Pho 75 entry here.
Then try Eden Center, but the one in Culmore Shopping Center, Bailey Crossroads is also quite good. I frequent the one on Main Street (236) in Fairfax, just a bit east of Robert Road, on the left side, it is close to my work. I have been told that the original branch of Pho 75 has reopened, on Wilson Boulevard, up the hill from Rosslyn in a small strip shopping center, on the right, past the fire station. See full Pho 75 entry for details.
A reader recommends Pho 495, web site, 7215 Commerce Street, Springfield, VA, 703-451-9495.
The soups will be fragrant, filling, very cheap, and often intriguing. Beef, mint, bean sprouts, brisket, tripe, chilies, and lemon, are among the ingredients that are in the soup already or can be mixed in. Vietnamese fast food. Blows McDonalds away. Should be a staple for us all. Why isn’t it?
- Vietnamese Soup Customs – from Soup of the Evening
- Vietnamese Noodle Soups – from Wikipedia
- “Vietnamese soup appeals to American tastes, too,” by Polly Campbell, The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 9, 2002