A bowl of the eatery’s namesake//Photo by Alexandra Whitney Photography.
The newest Pho Street location sits on Lancaster Avenue, in Bryn Mawr’s mini restaurant row. Like the Springfield original, it takes its inspiration from the markets of Nam Dinh in northern Vietnam. The cuisine is solid but far from subtle. It is indeed street food.
Platters of broken rice, fried rice and steamed rice vermicelli are the menu’s foundation, as is pho (pronounced fuh) and a decent bánh mí, a fragrant Vietnamese-style hoagie that comes in several varieties, including shredded pork, grilled chicken and crispy tofu.
A simply-prepared summer roll offers snappy vegetables and herbs in a rice wrapper. There was deep chicken flavor in the broth of the wonton soup. Its crimped dumplings, enveloping lightly seasoned shrimp and ground pork, float above a delicate nest of egg noodles.
What it lacks in finesse or personal service, Pho Street makes up for in quality and price. It’s a flavorful addition to Bryn Mawr and a solid alternative to standard Chinese and sushi places.
1001 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 527-1413.