Pho Xe Lua | Uptown | Vietnamese, Chinese, Asian | Restaurant
Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant with a mind-boggling array of choices.

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The list of Vietnamese treats available at Pho Xe Lua is almost inexhaustible: 200 food choices and 28 nonalcoholic drinks. There's a list of congees (soups with a thick boiled-rice broth), pages of noodle dishes, rice steamed and fried, firepots (meat dishes served in a sizzling-hot metal bowl), and even two perfectly toothsome French-style beef dishes (imperialist culture hasn't been so well assimilated since the Gauls picked up Latin). But creatures of habit will get stuck on a favorite, like the tasty number 175, a bowl of cool steamed rice noodles under warm, lightly blanched vegetables and tofu with fish sauce on the side, one of seven "vegetable" dishes. (Each of the three I've tried has been light and good, but purists might want to ask for a specific list of ingredients.) Most entrees are under ten bucks, except for the specialties, which are worth their average $10-$15 price: a whole roast quail is $12.95.

Ann Sterzinger

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