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I left the meat score at a 3, since I have never eaten pho with meat at this restaurant and do not feel qualified to rate it. However, it bums me out that the 3 will bring down the overall score because I love this place so much! They advertise having the Best Pho in Austin, 20 years and counting, and while I am not sure what they are basing that claim on, they did win the Austin Chronicle Best Bowl of Pho from at least 2006-2009.
It is such an unassuming little place; my husband and I stumbled upon it quite by accident, and I have not eaten pho anywhere else since that fateful day. (He is not a big pho eater, but loves their orange chicken which comes with big steamed broccoli florets.) I always get the #22, the tofu version, and it is always been delicious. Sometimes the noodles clump a little, but the broth warms and softens them after a few minutes. Pho is served very quickly, and it has white and green onions in it, with cilantro, basil, jalapenos, sprouts, and lime on the side (and the usual sauces, of course). The tofu is fried, which I prefer, and fresh. Each bowl is gigantic. I think I have finished a one once, and that was during the middle of my pregnancy. I am not a foodie, so I cannot describe the complex flavors or aromas, but it is really good pho.
The staff is super friendly and sweet, though they do not pester you. And Wednesday nights, pho is only $5 a bowl! (I swear I am not a robot, but the site will not let me submit this review if it has any apostrophes in it.)