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Pho On A Dreary Day

Ever since I got back from LA, the weather at home has been particularly dreary, wet, and depressing. It’s a good thing I escaped! The day before taking off for warmer and sunnier weather, I headed off to South Philly for a nice warm bucket of pho at Pho Hoa. I actually hadn’t been to this one before. The restaurant is fairly big on the inside, you wouldn’t necessarily be able to tell from outside. There’s booths and tables and flat screen tvs. It’s nothing exciting or interesting, decor wise. The summer rolls. These are pretty much a given. I wanted hot food though, so I didn’t partake. They were probably ok. I myself, I make a mean summer roll. And my sauce beats any restaurant sauce. I swear. Chicken pho. Kinda seems to defeat the purpose of pho, but it looks good, if not healthy. I still miss my unhealthy chicken pho from the long defunct Le Cyclo. Best. Chicken. Pho. Ever. Never to be tasted by these lips again. How sad. I went with my simple brisket pho. I wanted to see how Pho Hoa stood up against the other pho joints, so I made sure to taste the broth before I adulterated it with sriracha and such. And I do have to say that the broth was quite great. This was a great bucket of pho. I cleaned my bowl. Service was perfunctory, as usual. The food came out super fast, as usual. Even though it’s a “chain”, this is a good one.
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Tacoma Pho

In preparation for my national park visits, I ended up staying in Tacoma. What’s in Tacoma? Not much. But it’s a pretty large city south of Seattle. They even have a sports dome. They also don’t have much in the way of food after 8 o’clock on a week day. I drove round and round, did some research on the internet, but didn’t really find anything. So I just drove around.
So this is how I ended up at Pho Tai. It had a big “grand opening” sign on it. I thought why not. The place is swanky, and much fancier than your typical pho joint. They serve typical pho place fare, pho, bun, rice plates, etc. Here’s my bowl of brisket pho. Not the best, but not terrible either. Completely mediocre. But plenty of food and really quite cheap. And I was hungry, hungry, hungry, and so I wolfed it down. The pacific northwest in September. Really, it’s pho weather. But it’s probably pho weather every day up there.

Service was friendly. The food came out fairly fast, but not as fast as places back home. I think they’re a Seattle area chain. Oh, and it’s run by Koreans. How could I tell? Some of the prices and menu items were written over by hand, and I totally saw that it’s korean handwriting. Believe me, I know. So eating at nighttime in Tacoma, it’s definitely an option.

Pho Tai Tacoma
3814 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA
253-471-4221

Double Rainbow

On a lovely weekend that actually wasn’t steamy hot, one could actually eat pho and not sweat to death. So that’s precisely what we did. Place of pho? Pho Ha on 6th and Washington. Why no pictures? You’ve seen plenty of pictures of giant buckets of pho on this here blog. But the picture worth showing is this stunning (well, much more stunning in person) double rainbow that showed up after this wicked storm that we were slurping pho through. They were the biggest rainbows I’d ever seen, and went all the way from left to right. I love this kind of crazy weather.

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