Do you like blurry pictures? Good, cuz my camera does too. Here's a fabulous shot of the inside of Pho King #3. I know it's a really cheap thrill, but if you attempt to pronounce "pho" correctly (kinda like phuh?), that name is pretty funny. PK3 has some nice fake fruit inside, but that's about it for decor. It's no frills. The people there were very nice on my visit. I was there for one thing and one thing only.This blurry soup called bun rieu. The menu describes it as "tomato vermicelli" soup, and it is, but it's so much more. In addition to the hunks of pink tomato-the tomato was terrible, but at least the fact that it cooked a little bit in the broth helped-there was blood cake (dotted with holes like red Swiss cheese), two quail eggs (what a treat!), fried tofu cake, and best of all, a big, greyish, crab/pork meatball. The broth was quite fishy, or actually quite crabby, or maybe shrimpy? From shrimp paste? They gave me lettuce and cabbage to put on the top, and I like the way the lettuce cooked in the broth. It was great. Everyone enjoyed their food. The rest ordered pho (great broth, although Pho Saigon I think has the best pho I've had so far on Stockton), pork chop with rice, and chicken bun. Everytime tripe is listed on the menu it is listed as "bible tripe". I don't know if that is a real thing or what.
Remember that wine sale at 58 Degrees I mentioned? It's a doozy. There are some great deals to be had, and it continues the rest of September. The wine on the second from left was 40% off eleven bucks! The wine second to right was decidedly not on sale, but I'm so excited they have it! That was my favorite kind of vinho verde I had in Portugal. Although in Portugal I think it was like 3.80 euros maybe. At 58 Degrees it was 17 bucks. That's kind of too much to pay for vinho verde, but who can put a price on a memory? Who can catch a falling star? Who can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Perhaps MH can weigh in on purchases? I'd like to know about the one on the far left and the one in the middle.