Pho 888

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Pho 888

“Clean yet complex” sums up this Argyle spot’s namesake soup, which bears a hint of sweet star-anise flavor, subtle beefiness and silky fresh noodles. Those same noodles serve other dishes almost as well, but our two favorites don’t include them. The banh mi thit nguoi nails perfectly crusty bread, salty ham, a slather of earthy pâté, plus crunchy daikon, carrots and sliced chilies. And the massive lotus-root salad is the best around, with plump, fresh shrimp, plenty of crunchy peanuts and tangy, herb-flecked dressing.

Venue name: Pho 888
Address: 1137 W Argyle St

Cross street: between Broadway and Winthrop Ave
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Red to Argyle. Bus: 36, 81, 151.
Price: Average main course: $8
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