Pho 888: A Taste of Vietnam in Chicago

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This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads.

After coming back from Vietnam, I was still craving some of the delicious eats from my months in the country. While visiting Chicago, friends and I went to Pho 888, a small BYOB restaurant near Argyle stop. Recommended! It was a meal full of nostalgia for me, and for new tastes for them.

What to order:

Their pho was good but branching out is better! In the photo below, clockwise:

1) Bo la lot (beef wrapped in betel nut leaves).

2) Banh xeo ( a sizzling crispy pancake with pork and shrimp)

3) Chao tom (sugar cane shrimp)

4) Banh cuon (steamed rice crepes with wood ear mushrooms and pork)

Meals aplenty at Pho 888.

Definitely worth a try!

-Jodi

Address:

Pho 888
1137 W Argyle St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 907-8838

 

Best Tacos in NYC, 2013 edition

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This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads.

With plenty of great eats to try in NYC, how to find the best? Gothamist has put together an updated list of the best tacos in New York and its outer boroughs, with reviews of each. Sadly our pick for best elote is not there, but there are plenty of other great options to try.

I can definitely vouch for Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos (271 Starr Street between Wyckoff Street and St. Nicholas Ave in Bushwick, Brooklyn). The rest of their list is on my list to hit up next time I’m visiting town.

-Jodi

Best Elote in New York

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This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads.

Elote, a popular Mexican snack, takes your regular corn on the cob and takes it to a level you will savour, every last bite. Fresh ears of corn are grilled, then topped with mayonnaise, fresh cotilla cheese and chili powder. Sometimes smoked paprika is used as well. As snacks go it is satisfying and filling, for a very reasonable price tag.

So where to find it if you’re not in Mexico? In New York, Cafe Habana makes what I think is the best elote in town. Don’t believe me? Photo below.

Cafe Habana
17 Prince Street (at Elizabeth street), NYC.

-Jodi

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