On cold Vancouver days when the rain won't stop falling, take a chance and try a bowl of pho at Pho Japolo in North Vancouver. The restaurant sits on Marine Drive between Denny's and Earl's, and a lot of people would probably pick one of the other two restaurants before trying Pho, but it's well worth taking a chance on this restaurant. Pho is Vietnamese soup noodles that come in a richly flavored beef broth. Most of the pho comes with a choice of different selections of beef from flank steak to brisket to meat balls, and if you want to really explore the more authentic versions of the soup, try the beef tendon or tripe, beef stomach. The tendon is very tender and has a fairly soft texture. The pho is hard to pass on at this restaurant, but I have also discovered that the Banh Mi sandwiches are delectable. Served on an oven toasted french roll, the sandwiches are served warm, and there are three or 4 different choices. I like the lemon grass chicken best. The meat is tender and tasty, and the combination of the pickled veggies with the meat and the crunch of the roll.... Really, really good. I've gone to Pho Japaolo for years now, and I finally broke down and tried one of their rice plates. I had the marinated pork chop and lemon grass chicken combo with rice. So simple yet so tasty and satisfy. You can get out of this restaurant extremely full and satisfied for about $10. How many places can you go to in Vancouver and make that claim?
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