Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The other night we didn't want to stay in, but we did want to stay in town, so we headed down to Pho Vi (pardon the lack of diacritical marks) for supper, followed up by a tipple at dba256.
I'm a big pho phan; K, less so -- he's more of a ramenthusiast. In general, I'd say that Pho Vi is good but not great. The atmosphere is quite pleasant, and the service is friendly (if not very Anglophonic). The broth is good, although it's nowhere near as good as Pho Century, my favorite. They got my order wrong (giving me brisket instead of flank), but it was no big deal. Interestingly, the platter of add-ins (bean sprouts, lime, etc.) didn't include basil, although friends report that they were restocked with basil the next night.
In short, it's not the most stunning pho in the West Inland Empire, but it's good and we'll be back. Probably often, because they're open till 10pm every night (due to K's work schedule, we are late diners).
As for dba256, it's rapidly turning into our local, in the British sense. They now know us there and remember what we like to drink, and it's comfortable to chill at the bar for a drink and a chat (before we head home to geek out at our separate computers). The clientele is a fabulous mix of old fuddy-duddies like us and, ahem, urban youth, which makes us both feel way hipper than we are. The current art show is pretty darn fine, too. My only complaint is that after about 9pm, the cops like to park a car right outside, which makes me paranoid about getting busted for DUI as I'm leaving the bar.