I am absolutely baffled ... This place had a great menu and, even more importantly, exactly what I went there to get, namely pho, or vietnamese noodle soup. I was sick while on vacation and sought this place out because I knew the marrow-rich broth of pho would go a long way toward fixing me up and getting me back to enjoying myself.
When my bowl of tripe-and-tendon soup arrived, however, I was disappointed to see that it had nothing but boiling water poured over its contents! No marrow, no flavor, nothing but hot water. The man next to me ordered just some broth to accompany his lunch, and had a steaming bowl of delicious-looking brown broth brought to him. And the place was full of locals, every one of them ordering pho and being pleased with it.
In light of the favorable reviews posted about this place by people who identify themselves as regulars, locals, etc., I can only conclude that they get the best of what this place has to offer and people who wander in off the street do not. And everything else was fine, including the selection, service, etc. One other negative thing did stand out, however: No one asked me if I enjoyed my lunch or if it was good, the first time this has happened to me at a Vietnamese noodle shop. And I suspect that is because they already knew.
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