We're overrun with sushi joints, K-Town BBQ's, Thai shops, and Taco stands, but Vietnamese restaurants are far and few between. There's even been a ramen resurgence in greater Los Angeles of late (read about my addiction to Jinya Ramen).
Last weekend, while I was racing around Beverly Hills running errands and famished, I stumbled upon 9021Pho, the cleverly named brainchild of Chef Kimmy Tang, formerly of Michelia, which used to be on of my favorite lunch spots. Starving and freezing (it would later snow in L.A. that afternoon), I decided that a big, hearty bowl of Pho was just what the doctor ordered.
I sat behind the lunch counter and scanned the options, which included beef, chicken, tuna, and vegetarian versions. The menu also showcased a variety of other Vietnamese fusion cuisine, but my heart was stuck on Pho. I quickly decided on the Pho Bo, a traditional dish served with thinly sliced beef, beef balls, bean sprouts, basil and chili, served with noodles in a traditional Vietnamese beef broth.
I ate as much of the soup as I could possibly get down, and then wished in vain that my stomach were larger to accommodate all of the broth. Next time I'm in Beverly Hills, you'll know where to find me--with a big bowl of Pho!
490 N Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210