January 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
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It’s a cold and snowy day in Boulder.
Hunger strikes around noon and we venture into my trusty little Subaru and brave the slip and slide of the roads, making our way towards a cold winter staple: Vietnamese Pho noodle soup.
It’s a cheery atmosphere lit by declinate Ikea lanterns and minimal additional decor, keeping the small space freer feeling instead of cluttered. It’s bustling with customers for the lunch rush but we are seated immediately.
The menu was immediately informative with GF tags next to all gluten-free-freindly items and the menu was littered with them! In contrast to many traditional Pho restaurants, whom I’m always reticent to ask whether the beef stock they use is gluten-free (most i think include small amounts of soy sauce), these are guaranteed GF and there is no dairy used in the meal which traditionally consists of rare, thinly sliced beef in a boiling hot beef broth with rice noodles, chives and a plate of fresh veggies and herbs to add (usually consisting of bean sprouts, basil, cilantro, jalepenos, and lime).
We were delighted to find veggie egg rolls on the menu that were GFVG
They were crispy and delicious!
I got the veggie pho which is GF and Vegan (bok choy, shitake mushrooms, tofu in veg broth):
Rea got the traditional beef Pho:
The broth was flavorful but not the best I have ever had and not quite as tasty as the ones I have had at more traditional restaurants. The beef bowl had a sad amount of meat in it and was overall a little meager. However, the ingredients were fresh, the noodles were perfect and not too slimy and it was served piping hot.
For dessert, we were once again excited to see an old favorite that I have been deprived of for years: fried bananas! They are unfortunately served with mouthwatering sounding cinnamon gelato but alas, that would nullify the DF of this GFDF review.
The batter was a bit thick and bland and the confections were not as pillowy and decadent as the ones I have had in the past. I think had we been able to enjoy them with the ice cream they would have been significantly more tasty but alas, they were instead drizzled in a meager amount of honey, which was not sufficient in making this a new favorite.
In the end, we had a good time and left full and warmed. Not the best pho noodle soup I have ever had but definitely satisfying, fresh and GFDF!
Black Pepper Pho, $$, http://www.blackpepperpho.com/, open everyday 11am-9pm, 2770 Pearl St, Boulder CO 80302