i tried pho for the first time at pho noodleville yesterday. as i have no basis for comparison, all i can say is that i enjoyed it, and look forward to trying others.
i had the pho tai (beef) sate (spicy). good flavor, with the beef very thinly sliced and poached in the broth. heat/spice level was at the bottom of my personal heat scale, which means for most it would have been medium hot to hot. the pho was accompanied by very fresh basil, bean sprouts, limes and surprisingly wimpy fresh jalapeno slices.
friends who took us and are vastly more experienced in pho said it was good, but the broth was a little on the sweet side. they were disappointed in the meat selections as the pho place they used to frequent in dc offered most cow parts in some manner or other. this place had round steak, chicken breast and shrimp.
the restaurant is located in a strip mall and looks like it belongs there. this was another complaint from my more pho experienced friends. they are accustomed to more hole-in-the-wall places where they are likely to be the minority diners.
i think there's another pho place in g-ville, maybe on pleasantburg or east north. does anyone know of it, or any others?
by the way, haven't been in g-ville in many years. holy cr*p that town has grown. streets that used to be bordered on both sides by forest are now packed with sprawl. amazing how much it's grown. was happy to see the clock drive-in is still there (an old high school hangout), as well as a few other personal landmarks.