Pho Lily

Restaurants , Vietnamese Uptown
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Pho Lily
Photograph: Maddie Blecha
Pho Lily

This tiny spot off Argyle’s main drag serves Vietnamese standards with precision, if not flair, in a stylish setting (though we could do without Two and a Half Men on the TV—with the sound on). Start with the papaya salad—crunchy, full of shrimp and delivering heat—and the bulging, heavy-on-the-coconut-milk banh xeo. Our banh mi was a little dry, but you can’t go wrong with phos 55 (pork, fish ball, shrimp, squid) and 45 (eye round steak, beef meatball), both chock-full of perfectly cooked noodles and deeply satisfying.

Venue name: Pho Lily
Address: 5100 N Broadway St
Cross street: at Carmen Ave
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Red to Argyle. Bus: 36, 92.
Price: Average main course: $8
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