I went to Pho Hoa tonight for the first time, I am sick with a cold and wanted some good pho and Pho Hoa did the trick. I ordered a beef pho with meatballs (what I almost always get at Vietnamese places). The "small" soup cost $5.45 and was very big, bigger than the small pho at Pho 2000. However, I think that the broth at Pho 2000 is a bit more flavorful. The other noticeable difference was that the meatballs at Pho Hoa were larger (but tasted about the same as other places).
The tea at Pho Hoa was very good, some type of sweet jasmine tea. Like Pho 2000, there is a huge menu. Some people at the table next to me ordered some of the rice plates, which looked and smelled very good. Considering the amount of food included, they are a pretty good deal too (6-8 dollars each). I might try one of them the next time I go.
Pho Hoa is bigger than I imagined it (twice as big as Pho 2000 at least), and they have a parking lot too! Pretty easy to drive to, it's on Dorchester Av. just north of Fields Corner. Dorchester Av. is freshly paved now and looks very nice :)
Has anyone shopped at the Vietnamese Supermarkets on Dot. Av? I haven't, except I went to the small one across from Ba Le Bakery once. But I haven't been to either of the big ones. How are they?