Pho Xe Tang

4953–55 N Broadway
Chicago, IL
773-878-2253
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Description

One measure of the quality of the food here is the fact that hordes of people are willing to subject themselves to the utterly charmless dining room. Try the catfish hot pot and you’ll see why: Its dark, concentrated sauce is so addictive it’s tempting to devour the perfectly cooked fish—bones and all. Then there’s the pho, with a broth that boasts a flavor so deep you’ll be convinced it has curative powers. Why the coconut chicken curry is listed among the banh mi or comes with a rice-flour roll is a mystery, but it’s divine nonetheless—“pho real,” according to the waiter’s T-shirt.

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Dishes We Liked

Vegetarian spring rolls ($4.50), chicken curry banh mi ($8.95), pho tai nam ve don ($8.95), catfish hot pot ($14.95), duck salad ($14.95), deep-fried snapper ($26.95). 

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Additional Information

Rating:
Price: $10-$19
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Neighborhood: Uptown
Noteworthy: BYO (up to $5 corkage)
child friendly
telephone reservations
wheelchair accessible
Hours: B, L & D Thu-Tue.