Hey, I didn’t know there was a Pho Dai Loi 3. It’s in Duluth, not far off the Pleasant Road exit. I stopped in for pho on a drizzly day last week, which seemed appropriate.
It’s a nice, clean place, and my server was friendly.
I ordered a spring roll that had roast beef and shrimp in it. I simply wanted to try something else off the menu, but it’s pretty straight forward. It will do the trick if you want one, but no “walk-don’t-run” blogger speak here.
It’s always a good sign when the pho condiment is crisp and bountiful. Basil, culantro, jalapeno, lime, and bean sprouts, the latter an item I shy away from on my pho these days. I used to be all like, “yeah, more bean sprouts!” but now I’m all like, “maybe a few, they murk up the flavor of the broth.”
Finally – here is the medium bowl of combo pho – $6.50. It really hit the spot. The broth may not be the most aromatic or complex, but it has a nice chicken flavor, and the bowl was full of meat – brisket, sliced round, tripe, tendon. The only pho meat appearance maker I didn’t find was a meatball. I should have added one of those, I like them a lot – the plump and firm texture reminds me of a good version of frozen crockpot meatballs, which aren’t gourmet, but are cheap and satisfying. Kind of like pho.