Not the dish, but the place. Anyone tried it? I stopped in tonight with my wife, but just grabbed a to-go menu because they didn't have anything my wife was interested in. No pho. But they do have the their namesake, which was on several tables. A really small place at 7002 SE 82nd (82nd and Bybee). They're open 7 days a week from 10 to 10.
Most of the places were closed up 82nd so we finally stopped in at Pho DaLat on Sandy just east of 205 (10232 NE Sandy, also open 7 days 10 to 10). Typical pho restaurant inside, but they have a huge menu. Not quite as big or interesting as Yen Ha, but huge nonetheless. The menu sections are: appetizers, com dia (rice dishes), pho, hu tiu & mi (rice and egg noodle dishes), bun (rice vermicelli noodle dishes), entrees (cac mon com phan), family dinners (com phan gia dinh), and beverages (giai khat).
The appetizers include the typical, but also banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake with shrimp, pork, and bean sprouts), a meat crab soup, and several salads, including a duck salad and a shrimp and pork salad. The rice, pho, and noodle sections include 20 or more items each. The entrees include items such as canh chua (fish or shrimp sour soup), ca kho to (fish stew in clay pot), and vit quay (roast duck). Family dinners are for four ($25.95), six ($37.95), or eight ($49.95) and each has a variety of dishes. Single dishes (as opposed to family dinners) are generally under $7.
We ordered more dishes than normal. We got goi cuon (salad rolls, $3.25), the goi tai dalat (special dalat salad, $6.25), banh mi bo kho (beef stew with roll, $6.75), and pho ga (chicken noodle soup, $4.95 for a small).
The salad rolls were fine. My experience is that there isn't much of a range of quality in Portland on salad rolls, or maybe I just don't have the subtle palate to tell the difference. But there weren't any bad shrimp or old veggies and the sauce was tasty enough.
Pretty good bo kho. Flavorful broth, occasionally chewy, but sizable chunks of beef, and mushy carrots. The banh mi was typical.
The pho ga was good as well. The broth was also flavorful with a hint of seafood flavor. The sprouts and herbs on the side were fresh. There were both chunks of breast meat and cartilagenous (did I make that up?) dark meat hunks.
A worthy stop near the airport and probably the closest decent Vietnamese to me, although Pho Oregon and Yen Ha are only another 5 minutes down Sandy.
So, Vietnamese places on 82nd I'm still looking to hit: Portland Pho, the Pho Oregon on 82nd, Jin Wah (Chinese and Vietnamese), the Vietnamese Pho Restaurant at Foster and 82nd, and Bun Bo Hue. I think that will about finish them off for me. Any comments on these would be greatly appreciated. There's also a deli place in the same strip center as Thai Express that has banh mi and maybe other items. And there's one at maybe Glisan and 82nd that has banh mi as well.