I applaud the folks working there for putting up with some guy eating there who would not shut up about the care and maintenance of their fish tank. Apparently he’s a professional fish tank caregiver, or something. He went on and on and on.
I didn’t get a photo of the art, but I did locate a write-up about it and it has photos.
I have to admit, I could not locate this restaurant’s entry on Yelp, because I was searching for Pho 999 rather than New Pho 999. It was the above blog entry about Pho 999′s restroom art that identified the place for me.
Anyway, it was on the trek home from a recent roadtrip, and we’d pulled off into this area by recommendation that this block had a plethora of nifty hole-in-the-wall options. We were not disappointed.
There were no frills to the atmosphere, and our service was prompt and friendly.
Absolutely nothing to complain about the food, only a nice note that the prices here are much better than my town’s.
The eggrolls were hot, with heaps of crunchy greens to eat them with. I could have just chowed the eggrolls and been plenty happy. But we also ordered two portions of bún. One was bún with grilled pork and eggrolls, the other was bún with pork meatballs and shrimps.
While we thought the grilled pork dish was better than the meatballs, the gorging I did earlier on the eggroll appetizer meant I brought the majority of my meatball noodle dish home, which made for a generous dinner of leftovers for 2 the next day.
The bill, after also ordering a Vietnamese coffee, and adding tax and tip, was about $20.
Pho 999 (North Hollywood area)
It started out as a lunch idea, then an early dinner idea, and it started with the suggestion of Mexican food. But somehow we ended up at Noodle City for Vietnamese food.
We started off with spring rolls. Two for about $3.50, and a big pot of spicy peanut dipping sauce. The sauce is so full of minced nuts and carrot, you practically need a spoon to scoop the stuff onto the spring roll. Or do like me and dive into the peanut sauce, pulling out the carrot and eating it with hands. As long as you keep talking and gesturing wildly, your dining companion won’t even notice.
I ordered #35, charbroiled pork, egg rolls, and vermicelli noodles without broth. A bowl of fish sauce comes on the side. I first take out a few pieces of the eggrolls and dip them in the sauce, then dump the whole sauce bowl into my noodles and chow down. I never feel overly full from this dish, as I do with noodles in broth.
Ted got the S6 pho: a vegetarian noodle dish using textured soy to mimic beef. We were generally impressed with this faux beef although…we suspect there may have been a fair amount of MSG in the soup.
We both got Vietnamese iced coffee, and I was a little disappointed that it came already prepared in a plastic to-go cup. I much prefer having the coffee drip at the table into the sweetened condensed milk, then pouring it over my glass of ice.