Pho 888: A Taste of Vietnam in Chicago

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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

 

Sunset over the Mission, San Francisco

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Sometimes sunsets don’t need a beautiful ocean or a mountain to be beautiful.

Mission & 17th, San Francisco:

Tea in San Francisco

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I love pu’erh tea, and try to find a tea house that serves it in the cities I visit. In New York, I usually go to Cha An, which has the added bonus of their fantastic black sesame creme brulee. In San Fran, I visited Samovar Tea house and tried a series of pu’erh and other teas. With small plates of food, tapas style, tea-drinking has never been so delicious.

Tea at Samovar

Samovar Tea Lounge

Daily: 10am – 10pm
498 Sanchez Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 626-4700

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