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Rengsdorf Pho & Goldilocks - MV [Mountain View]


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Rengsdorf Pho & Goldilocks - MV [Mountain View]

bbulkow | Nov 20, 2013 11:59 AM

Two restaurants near the Costco in MV, across from the In n Out.

I poked my nose into Goldilocks, and found they are a Philipino-oriented steam-table joint. They have sisig, other dishes. They also have cakes, but I was hoping for a pastry and coffee. There is no coffee obvious.

I ended up next door at Rengsdorf Pho. This replaced a small grill, which was a little faded but had some dishes I liked, such as the Greek Cheesesteak (maybe you'd call it a Doner Cheesesteak).

I considered not writing because I don't really "get" pho. I like pho, but the subtleties of the broth are often lost on me. I got a lot of star anise, a decent broth-y taste, and as I was paying I saw attention paid to the huge stockpots on the stove. These guys are clearly the "real deal" in terms of making their own, and they taste as good as other Pho I've had, if not a little better.

The place isn't a general purpose Vietnamese place (unlike a lot of Pho restaurants that have a wide selection including those Bahn Xeo). They do have some Rice Meat Plates, but only a few. It's all about the Pho.

Remodel was good. The place is a little generic, but they upholstered the booths and put in a new floor and such. Pleasant place to hang out.

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