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“Great phở and best bún bò Huế” 5 of 5 stars
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PHO98
4090-E Airline Parkway, Chantilly, VA 20151
703-378-7958
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Ranked #9 of 127 Restaurants in Chantilly
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Middleburg, Virginia
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23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Great phở and best bún bò Huế”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

For straight-forward Vietnamese quick-fixes, this place has the best all-around basics. Their "phở" is fantastic, neither better nor worse than the best "phở" offered out there by other Viet places, including specialized "phở"-only restaurants. These piping hot bowls of beef-based noodle soups sure do hit the spot not only when it's chilly outside, but also when the weather is hot - one cools down with diffuse heat-dissipating vasodilation after biting into the hot chilies!

But the best offering this place has is their spicy Central-Vietnamese "bún bò Huế" (or for people from the Imperial City of Huế and surrounding regions - simply "bún bò"). Many no doubts would argue about the recipe's authenticity. (No worries...there are just as many way to do "authentic" anything). When we live outside of the region of origin for any dish, the concept of "authenticity" has to be re-defined (for example - brownies in Paris are MUCH better than those in the States, but they are not authentic American brownies...). The point here is - I am of Huế stock, and I do approve! I think their bún bò Huế is better than other versions made by people who came from Huế.

I have not sampled other items on the menu extensively, although I did think their chicken phở and seafood phở were very good, and their lemon-grilled chicken with vermicelli were always a hit with the kids.

Overall great place! Service is generally good, although at times can be a tad harried and cold - but it's rare.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Va
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101 reviews 101 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Yummy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Excellent flavorful pho soup. Spring rolls are huge but somewhat greasy. Good Vietnamese coffee. Clean restaurant, pleasant waitstaff, fast service even when busy.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Fast well-prepared food at a moderate cost.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

PHO98 serves a wide assortment of Vietnamese food in a large utilitarian dining room. My wife and I stopped in recently for lunch. I ordered a “small” bowl of chicken noodle soup and my wife the shrimp spring rolls. My portion of soup was huge and chockfull of all white meat. It was hot, fresh, flavorful, and very satisfying. The spring rolls were also fresh and tasty. The accompanying peanut sauce was very savory and the combination was delicious. Service was attentive and helpful.

PHO98 is recommended if you want a well-prepared meal at a moderate price, especially if your time is limited.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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