Sunday, November 08, 2009

Pho Bac


Pho Bac
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I've been craving warm soups and stews since the time change plunged us into early darkness and the chill winds of fall have started in earnest to take the leaves from the trees. This colorful shop front of Pho Bac Restaurant in the International District called out from the dark. It is one of four sites of this economic and tasty Vietnamese eatery. It probably will raise a few eyebrows aesthetically. The scaffolding has been up since forever and there are noticeable unfinished interior repairs going on; however really good eats are the reward for braving it. Seattle chef and restaurateur Tom Douglas listed the Beacon Hill/Little Saigon neighborhood Pho Bac as one of his four favorite Seattle restaurants, besides his own Palace Kitchen, Dahlia Lounge, Serious Pie, Etta's, and Lola restaurants (and a new, as yet unnamed, restaurant opening in April next to Etta's). What are your favorite soups and stews for this time of year? (Recipes and restaurant tips welcome!)

8 comments:

ReSoNate said...

Without a doubt, my favorite fall meal is stuffed squash:
sweet dumpling squash - cut in half & bake for 1 hr.
fry together: sausage (I use Jimmy Deans), chopped apple, onion, thyme, basil, pepper
stuff mixture in squash and bake for another 15 min
Yum!

Mardig said...

i love the tones in this one ...

ironically we i too was craving warm soup last night and ended up going to our Pho Cow Cali (a favorite of mine over here) ...

noxy

brattcat said...

I'm rather fond of butternut squash soup: squash and onions boiled up in lightly salted water. Pureed when soft. Then add butter, maple syrup, apple cider, cream, and cinnamon. Oh, yeah, it's good.

Piobaireachd said...

Split pea soup and hot corn bread. Nothing like it for a chilly night.

Petrea said...

This shot is a Kim classic.

Bergson said...

For me, a small pumpkin soup

Ming the Merciless said...

It looks like a movie set! Brilliant shot, Kim.

I wish we have a Vietnamese (or a Korean) restaurant here in town. We only have an Indian and a Pakistani place downtown, two sushi restaurants and a Thai place.

I would have loved to see a Middle Eastern restaurant and a good South American-style place too.

SD at "Addicted to The Click" said...

Beautiful...