I went to Pho Linh today, little off the beaten path for me but at least there's streetcar service albeit slow and infrequent with the 506. Anyways, very good pho! Broth light, but still very flavorful and not overly salty like other pho joints. I think they use fresh rice noodles here in the soup-can anyone confirm this? They added nice taste to soup. My only beef was with the beef, although fresh eye of round is used it was not as paper thin as I'm used to. Saw made an apperance on the accompanying herb plate-always nice to see.
Also-I had my first run-in with Banh Cuon at Pho Linh. Wow these bites are delicious and another one of my pleasant discoveries into vietnamese cuisine. The rice wrapping is thin, delicate and fresh and a nice contrast to the ground pork, wood ear filling. Fried shallots and cliantro topping was nice too.
Thanks to aser and pinstripe for guiding me to my banh cuon discovery!