Small, casual and friendly, this family-owned Vietnamese restaurant serves cinnamon-scented pho, colossal crêpes and an assortment of tasty noodle bowls, along with plenty of vegetarian options.
Like a golden yolk buried in the center of a moon cake, the tastefully decorated #1 Pho is a bright spot in the sometimes-gritty neighborhood around East 31st and Superior. Among the many tasty Vietnamese dishes on the well-organized menu, our fave is pho big bowls of traditional noodle soup served with basil, lime, hoisin and other aromatic go-withs. But items such as chicken-cabbage salad and spicy squid are also fragrant, subtle and full of nuance. Plenty of vegetarian options.
Pho 99 is located inside the Asian Town Center in Asiatown. The bright and spare restaurant seats about 40 and sticks mostly to well-made versions of the Vietnamese national dish, pho. The small menu also offers crispy fried spring rolls, fresh summer rolls, and a few other items.
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