This place is pretty much famous for over the last 40 years or so. Apparently most Vietnam pho restaurants out of Vietnam itself often name themselves Pho Hoa. Have you noticed if this is true? I have not, but a quick google search does show it the most in the US. Maybe named after this establishment, or is it a surname? I’m not so sure. We came by this place as a recommendation from our hotel staff, and both my partner and I think we’ve pretty much been here before on some past trip. Now straight up, I don’t think that this pho is as good as the lunch lady’s. I much prefer her richness and complexity of flavours that are a little unorthodox. The pho here is, I think, much closer to what pho is expected to be: very light, clear soup that is a balance of sweet and beefy savouriness. But what I’ve found most is that this pho is perfect as a sum of all its parts: a good dab of dark sweet sauce, some chilli, and a generous squeeze of fresh lime really completes the flavour profile and makes this a superbly enjoyable dish. I know I’m ready to dig in when the broth gets a shade or two darker than when the bowl first got to the table.