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PHO 54 7280 N. Michigan Road

I just had one of the best lunches I have had in a long time, pho sure. Admittedly my knowledge of Asian cooking is limited. I have had Vietnamese food a few times. So today was a wonderful treat.

We started off with 2 appetizers. Spring rolls with fish sauce and Goi rolls with a special plum sauce. The spring rolls were typical deep-fried won ton wrapped pork and veggie rolls. The atypical part was the fish sauce. It had a slight sweet and sour effect. More like a gastric than your typical “duck sauce”. It also had shredded daikon and carrot that added a slight textural difference that meshed well with the savory sweet sauce and the fried pork and carrot. And this wonderful little plate was $2.49.

As for the goi rolls. My o my. Large rolls of,shrimp, pork, veggies and rice noodles in rice paper. They were as tasty as they were pretty. The sauce they served with it was a plum sauce with roasted peanuts. Plum sauce is slightly sweet with the viscosity akin to apple butter. It has a small savory component but when you add the peanuts it blows up. The texture of the nuts, the almost smokiness of the roasting;very impressive. And you too can experience the delight for only $ 3.20

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For my main dish I had to try the Rare Beef Pho. Tender slices of beef and rice noodles in a beef broth. That might sound tame enough but the hook is the accompanying plate of condiments. Fresh Thai basil, lime, cilantro and a few slices of fresh chile. The idea is to add the veggies to your bowl to infuse it with the flavors. The aroma is amazing. The taste is beyond that. The bowl was full of meat and noodles and I ordered the small, for $7.95.

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Pat order pho as well. Chicken pho.pho 54 001

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So… pho a really great and economical lunch you gotta’ go to Pho 54. I scanned the menu and I was going to make a pdf. But I decided to include a link to their website instead. I am going to put the menu on Urbanspoon. So everybody can see what they offer.Pho 54 on Urbanspoon http://www.indypho54.com/

2 responses

  1. We tried pho about a month ago but left the restaurant still starving. A new place opened up two weeks ago, and all my friends talk about is that pho. Did you get full on it? I guess you had those appetizers to start. They look fresh and healthy.

    February 13, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    • Oh yeah. We both were full. The apps did help and they were fresh. To me the most addictive thing was the aroma. Fresh herbs and chile in hot broth. But actually I can see some people not being satisfied with beef, broth and noodles. Maybe they can make you a chicken fried steak pho. Since it is Tejas. Kidding.

      February 13, 2014 at 7:26 pm

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