6 of us made the trek to pho bac in elmhurst on Friday night - I have to say it did not meet expectations. The meats in the pho was fine (we had both the super-special version,which was preferred, and the meatball) but the broth was relatively scant and less full-flavored than other versions we have had.
Fish in caramel sauce was tasty and a good value but not outstanding; my daughter's bean curd with lemon grass (made with the pre-fried pieces of bean curd) was ok but lacked fine flavor (including any discernible flavor of lemon grass).Best was the little grilled pork slices to roll with rice noodle, herbs,pickled veg and lettuce - it was very flavor-packed, and the assortment of herbs - basil,mint and coriander - offered with it was excellent. However, the special table-grilled beef to be wrapped in rice paper with the same lettuce herbs and veg- was a big disappointment - neither the seasoning or a beefy or grilled flavor came through for very little flavor impact overall and the texture was mediocre. At $13-14 not a bargain.
All in all, less satisfying than our usual Chinatown dive. We did see a huge deep fried fish go by--and good looking fried rolls--but nothing here appeared to warrant a special trip to Elmhurst.