A fresh and healthy alternative to typical bar food, what makes this place even more remarkable is its ethos: they do it all from scratch down to the peanut sauce that's so good it'll make you happy in your pants.For half a year, Pho Bar & Grill has been feeding H Street's day and night cravings for authentic Vietnamese cuisine. A fresh and healthy alternative to typical bar food, what makes this place even more remarkable is its ethos: "We do it all from scratch," said general manager Tori Wright. And she means everything, from the beef, veggie or chicken stock that makes the pho so phenomenal to the peanut sauce that might make you happy in your pants it's so good. "We don't want to brag, but the sauce really is good," chimed in Kevin Falkner, who owns the place with Napoleon Ibievugbe. And don't worry if none of the names I mentioned sound Vietnamese. The chefs in the kitchen most definitely are. "The food here is made the same way it is in Vietnam," said Kevin, who's been a fan of this Southeast Asian cuisine for years, but only opened Pho Bar & Grill when he and his business partner Napoleon stumbled upon the perfect storm. "We had the opportunity to purchase the building and I've been friends with our Vietnamese chef for years," he said. "We ended up meeting a lot of the other people who have businesses on the street and fell in love with the community. So, here we are!" And here I am, slurping up some of the best pho in town with a Vietnamese Candied Sangria by my side. Curious? Come try it!
Garden Rolls (non-veggie or veggie), $4.95
Grilled Lemongrass Chicken + Rice, $9.95
Steak Pho, $9.95
Veggie Pho, $9.95
Shrimp Pho, $13.95
Pork Combo Banh Mi Sandwich, $8.95
Vietnamese Candied Sangria, $7.95
Sunday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight
Friday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.