I was feeling kinda puny Saturday and really wanted Pho, but didn't want to drive all the way to Pho #1 after filling the car with $65. in gas. So I drove to the much-maligned on this board Saigon Remembered on York Road. It was about 1:30-2, and a very nice young man greeted me and sat me in a booth. There were 3 other tables filled. I ordered a Thai beer, and the pho with rare beef, and asked him to hold the cilantro. He asked if I wanted onions, and I said yes, lots. I was quite apprehensive, but......
IT WAS DELICIOUS! The bowl was not as large as #1, but plenty large enough. The beef was plentiful and rare, the broth extremely flavorful....not greasy, even beefier than # 1. I put a tiny bit of siracha in, but it didn't need anything but a spoon and chopsticks.
Of course by the time I finished I was really hot and the waiter laughed when I waved my napkin back and forth
So....was he as friendly and chatty as Kenny? No. Was the Pho as good? Yes, even better and I realize I might have hit them on a "good" day. Was it more expensive? Yes...$9.95 versus $6 and change. But with gas at 4 bucks a gallon it was a win-win for me as my meal was 4 bucks more at Saigon. I urge anyone who has had bad pho in the past there to try again. I will be back for the Chicken one, which I have never tried. Sign me "Pleasantly surprised"...
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