But other diners were not pleased with the same drink, nor with the pho, I observed, as a white-haired gentleman, wearing glasses, a crisp guayabera, and a good dose of cologne, took a sip of his ca phe sua dua. His granddaughter seemed more captivated by her disposable wooden chopsticks than by her bowl of pho ga.

"Dale, mamita, at least eat the noodles," the girl's exasperated mother pleaded. The mother then turned around and called for the waiter, pleading for cream for her father's drink. His face was marked with a disapproving smirk. His granddaughter then slowly pushed the bowl of chicken pho into the center of the table. She was finished, and so was he.

The goi cuon filled us with promise. View a slideshow of Pho Vi.
The goi cuon filled us with promise. View a slideshow of Pho Vi.


View a slideshow of Pho Vi.

Pho Vi, 1933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 954-367-7786; facebook.com/phovihollywood. Open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday,11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. 10 p.m.

Goi cuon $5.95

Bún bò Hue $9.95

Com suon nuong $9.95

Bun dac biet $12.95

Avocado smoothie $4.95

Ca phe sua da $3.95

Pho Vi will definitely satiate a quick craving for affordable Vietnamese fare. Newcomers, though, might raise an eyebrow to the pho craze — wondering what the big deal is — and after trying it at Pho Vi, connosieurs might keep trekking out west for a better bowl.

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