At Pho 14 the other night, someone at our table told us about the insanely low food prices in Vietnam, where a bowl of pho cost $1.50 American dollars. A more expensive bowl of pho? $2.
Clearly, the phrase “cheap eat” is relative. There’s cheap, and then there’s CHEAP.
As restaurants in D.C. go, Pho 14 has to be included on our city’s list of cheap eats. It’s not often that you examine your bill and are surprised — because it’s so low.
A big bowl of pho will run you $9.49. For bun, the vermicelli bowls, between $8.49 – $11.99.
For a banh mi, one of my top three favorite sandwiches in the entire world? $4.49.
A banh mi platter goes for $9.99 and comes with your choice of appetizer (I went with the spring rolls — not pictured) and a cup of pho broth (golden and rich with flavor).
This banh mi contained grilled pork and provided all the usual pleasures of the sandwich, crunch and tang.
Lucky for all of us, Pho 14 has three locations: Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan and Van Ness.
Let’s be thankful for cheap eats, and for cheap eats that taste this good.
4201 Connecticut Ave. NW