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Pho on Argyle (Pho Hung)

G Wiv | Aug 8, 200202:52 PM

I stopped on Argyle Street for an early lunch on Wednesday, my intention was to explore the offerings at Sun Snack Shop at 1117 W Argyle, but I ended up only sampling the Dou Jiang (soy milk), which in this case was sweet. While SSS did have the You Tiao (fried strips of bread) and a multitude of other offerings, nothing appealed to me, for a variety of reasons. Actually, I had been there a few times before, with much the same reaction, as a couple of years ago Trillium, a much respected poster on chi.eats, recommended SSS, or it’s predecessor in the same location ‘under the tracks.’

Since I had not eaten and Pho Hung was but a few steps West I decided on Pho for lunch. Coincidentally Zim, Rob and I had been having a conversation about Pho on Sunday, and Zim referenced Pho Hung, which is my favorite spot for pho. It dawned on me that I had not been there for quite a while so it seemed serendipitous that I was but a few steps from Pho Hung at lunchtime. As an aside, I truly enjoy conversing with people who can conversationally skip from pho to hot dogs to ice cream to foie gras without skipping a beat.

When I walked into Pho Hung I immediately noticed that the place had been spruced up a bit, not that it was grungy before, but there were new chairs, tables etc. I also noticed there seemed to be a couple of new people patrolling the dining room, one of which waited on me. It turned out to be one of the new owners, a pair of brother in-laws, who spoke English and was quite intent on providing good service.

Cut to the chase, the Pho was, as always, excellent. The two brother in-laws had the good sense to retain the same chef who had been there for 14 years. The only change they made was to add the option of chicken stock for those who may not wish beef stock as a base for their pho.

I put up a few pictures of my Pho lunch, Click on Photos to view the pictures.


Pho Hung
1129 W Argyle
Chicago, IL
9:30am to 8:30pm
7 days (Though they may close on Sunday, that was not clear. Call first)


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