NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Pho at Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

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 Mona has been suggesting Pho quite a bit lately (she has a gluten allergy) whenever dinner ideas are in the air so we decided to make the leap over to St. Paul. I got gas that week, so figured it was safe to travel the extra few miles (although, to be honest, I was afraid I might lose a wheel on all the potholes on 94E). “It’s supposed to be the best Pho place in town,” she explained as we entered the ramp to the interstate highway.

We arrived at about 7:30 pm on a Friday night and found the place to be pleasantly filled with like minded eaters: folks who wanted a warm bowl of noodle soup on a cold winter night. I ordered the Oxtail Pho. Mona the Rib eye Pho. The noodles were a bit on the uncooked side, but the broth was flavorful. All this accompanied by the usual plate of fresh crisp bean sprouts, sprigs of basil, and slices of jalapeños and limes. We had a bit of a problem with the dessert. Didn’t like the sounds of the homemade ice creams because they were both beer based, some others we suspected silently might have had gluten in them. It took us two attempts before we settled on the ginger infused crème brulee. The ginger was in the caramelized sugar and there was only a slight hint of it…definitely could have been stronger for my taste buds.

They gave me a container to take home the pho that I couldn’t finish at the table. Very generous portions indeed. We lucked out on parking and got a spot around the corner. Note that there appeared only to be street parking. Oh and not convenient for anyone with a wheelchair etc. as the restrooms are located in the basement. Please be mindful of that.

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