Pho 14

1436 Park Road NW (between 14th and 15th Streets)
Washington, DC 20010

Overall rating –> 2 stars (out of 3)

I didn’t sit down here, I ordered takeout and enjoyed it at home. I’ll review the sit down experience soon.

Pho 14 has gotten tons of press from the local DC and Columbia Heights bloggers. Residents were eagerly anticipating its arrival and the place is pretty much swamped Friday and Saturday nights with a line for tables. Right before vacation, I swung by for takeout pho. The ambiance was about what is expected for a casual dining storefront restaurant. Seating is a bit crowded and there are limited seats for parties of more than two. The ambiance was casual and seemed accepting to singles dining alone. Most tables held at least one pho order as that is the signature dish.

The restaurant didn’t have any takeout menus but the waitress was kind enough to let me borrow a dining room menu and return it once I came to pick up my order. For two people, I ordered the fried spring roll appetizer and a large bowl of pho with eye round steak. The meal came to less than $15. The spring rolls were unmemorable but that description does not apply to the pho. The soup came packaged in separate containers for each element: noodles, broth, meat, herbs, and produce. This ensured that the meat and veggies did not overcook and the noodles did not become gummy. The soup was fragrant with varying levels of spice depending on how many jalapeno slices and how much hot sauce was added. The sprouts and herbs were super fresh. The noodles were a bit stuck together and had to be worked apart with the chopsticks. The meat was perfectly done as thin, papery slices of beef. And this was plenty of food for two people.

Have you been? How was it?


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