In a small strip mall in Falls Church City, Pho 88 is not to be missed. It is a low-key Vietnamese dive with large windows brightening up the the restaurant's plainest of plain decors. Like most ethnic dives, the ambiance isn't the draw here. It is the food in Pho 88 that definitely makes it a neighborhood favorite. Pho 88 serves up reliably delicious food to a steady stream of clientele for lunch and dinner.
We have been here several times over the last few years and have enjoyed our meal every time. Our lunch today was no exception. Their spring rolls served with peanut sauce were very fresh, and, although rather bland, they were still moist and delicious. Pictured here are spring rolls with shrimp and spring rolls with tofu ($2.95 each). A few drops of hot sauce brings them to perfection. We typically get the Pho with chicken that comes in a "small" bowl for $7.95 or a "large" bowl (slightly larger than the "small") for $8.95. The Pho is aromatic, flavorful and plentiful. Don't worry if you don't finish the whole bowl, of course you can take the rest home. Pho is better the next day anyway!
Don't forget to order the Vietnamese iced coffee with sweet condensed milk to make the meal complete. It has a strong caffeine kick to it. Just lift up the aluminum press, stir it up with the long tea spoon, pour onto the ice and ENJOY!
During peak hours the service can be a bit slow, but that does not detract from the great experience and the DELICIOUS FOOD.
The parking lot in the back of the mall can be packed during the weekdays, but usually you can find a spot, and in the evenings it is generally easy to park. Note their website says they are CLOSED TUESDAYS.
Oh, and as an extra bonus, Tutti Frutti, which recently opened next door, is offering anyone who eats at Pho 88 a 20% discount on frozen yogurt! This is a limited-time offer, but definitely worth it!
Btw, if you like sushi, another restaurant that we love in the same strip mall is Manekineko Japanese Restaurant! Review coming soon, so if you are not yet subscribed to our email list, go ahead and sign up so you don't miss any of our highly valuable descriptions of our dining experiences in the Northern Virginia area!