Adventure, Food

Pho 75, Arlington, VA

Pho 75

Now that I’m back at the office, I’ve begun to revisit old haunts. The first on the list is Pho 75, to which I’ve already returned three times in the last 2.5 weeks that I’ve been back in the area.

The neighborhood has become gentrified, with a lot of pricey apartments and restaurants coming up in the last few years, but Pho 75 is surviving easily with an untroubled transition. It used to be a hidden-gem hole in the wall, but nowadays the dining room is often full of millennials, office workers and neighborhood folks contentedly sipping or slurping big bowls of delicious broth soaking through rice noodles.

You can get a regular or large bowl, plus your choice of meat, and the pho is served with a plate of fresh mint leaves and bean sprouts. It’s a good balance of carbs, protein and veg, with an umami broth that I assume is simmering away all day to intensify the flavor.

I recommend getting a large bowl with fat brisket. The brisket is sliced ultrathin, including a rind of fat, which is close to melting in tenderness. You can walk away very full for less than $10.