Tucked into a fancy strip mall, Saigon Pho looks like one of those joints offering nothing more than the dim and thrice-removed flavors of the mysterious East on a menu full of badly Photoshopped pictures. And yes, there are a lot of pictures on this menu, but those pictures show very good and surprisingly raw and authentic Vietnamese dishes, a prideful presentation of all that's good about the Southeast Asian canon.
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I don't know why it surprises me so to find good Vietnamese food outside the neighborhoods with which I am comfortable. Federal and Alameda? No shock. Aurora? The town's spilling over with great Vietnamese restaurants. But even thou...