It may have taken awhile (we were inaccurately told they would open months ago) and there may still be a few kinks (they still can’t serve alcohol because of a delay with their liquor license application), but Pho Bar and Grill on H Street (1360 H Street NE) has finally opened. The restaurant is located on the east end of H Street near the fairly recently opened Shawafel and across from popular bars like the Rock N Roll Hotel and H Street Country Club. It serves a variety of Vietnamese dishes but focuses on pho (a traditional Vietnamese soup that usually features broth, a type of meat, noodles, and a variety of other ingredients ranging from basil to lime to hot sauce to bean sprouts).
If you walk in and are not immediately greeted, don’t be deterred or you will miss out on the food (menu here). The service is somewhat lacking (as it is many places on H Street), but the food will have you coming back for more. As a starter, try the crispy egg rolls. For $5, you get two lightly fried rolls that have a mixture of shrimp, pork, and crab meat–mostly pork. They are nicely cooked so that there is a light crunch when you bite into them, but they are not overly hard or greasy. Pho Bar and Grill also has several types of dumplings, but we have yet to try them as they have been out. Continue reading