The other day, I had to have pho. (Pronounced like ‘duh,’ with a ph.) It was non-negotiable. I needed it hot, fast and close, with a choice of proteins (chicken, shrimp, beef or tofu). Luckily, Pho Show in Culver City was there for me:
When I walked into the clean, compact restaurant, I was greeted with a smile and the good news that my takeout order was ready. For a mere $7, I had a styrofoam tureen of delicately-flavored, lemongrass-scented chicken broth, a separate bowl filled with a fist-sized bunch of licorice-y sweet basil, rice noodles, and a generous mound of juicy white-meat chicken.
Plus, I’d asked for cilantro on the side, because I love the flavor, the smell and the pretty green leaves floating in my broth. (Cilantro is probably more of a Thai thing, but I don’t care. Let the haters hate. I could eat cilantro on cereal. So there.) In a separate bowl, cuddled up next to a big pile of bean sprouts, was a bunch of cilantro big enough to sell at Albertson’s for a dolla ninety nine. That’s a good deal, Pho Show. Color me coming back next time I need a phix.
It’s on Sepulveda, between a Cuban restaurant (El Rincon Criollo) and a Thai massage place. So no matter what you’re jonesing for, whether it’s a Cuban sandwich, a Vietnamese spring roll, a Thai treat for your sore muscles or a combination of all three, you’re bound to find your happy ending.