PHO HOT: Vietnamese Noodle Restaurant
By: CM Leonard
Mrs. Tu Nuygen, a local resident since 1987, opened Pho Hot in 2005 in the Little River Turnpike Shopping Center (Safeway). This spacious, cheerful, and inviting family friendly restaurant has a seating capacity for 170 patrons, and is open seven days a week from 8 AM to 11:30 PM. Her son, daughter, and son-in-law also participate in the operation of this restaurant as well as the Diamond Club at Eden Center, Nails for You Salon in Falls Church, a Cosmetology School in Arlington, and Present Vietnamese Restaurant located at Annandale Road and Arlignton Blvd, which has been listed as one of the top 50 restaurants in the Metropolitan region since it opened.
PHO HOT, a genial restaurant, strives to make every customer feel at home beginning with the inviting sign prominently hung at the entrance saying, “Welcome Home.” Mrs. Tu, warmhearted and engaging, hopes patrons will feel like family when they sit for a meal. The manager, Mr. Giap Gruong, is fluent in Vietnamese, Spanish, and English adding to the affable and welcoming atmosphere.
Although a considerable menu selection is available, PHO soup is the house specialty. The crystal clear broth takes a minimum of ten hours to simmer with many ingredients being added and removed throughout the process. Until you taste this for yourself, it is impossible to believe that anyone can infuse this much flavor into water. Various meats can also be ordered to customize your bowl of PHO, rice noodles are added, and condiments are served, on the side, for more personalized flavoring. An impressive vegetarian menu is available, and is being expanded to satisfy the increasing demand for healthy menu choices. Birthdays are celebrated in style with a large bowl of PHO served complimentary to the birthday person, when accompanied by a party of at least three others. Responsive waiters, comfortable surroundings, memorable food, and a welcoming atmosphere make PHO HOT a restaurant choice for everyone.
Banh Mi Bo Kho: Vietnamese Beef Stew served with French Bread
Thjt Heo Nuong-Grilled Pork: Steamed rice with delicately marinated grilled pork
7442A Little River Turnpike, Annandale (in the Safeway Shopping Center) (703) 333-5955