Pho 007 sneaks on to the Littleton dining (and vegetarian) scene

The stretch of Littleton Boulevard where Pho 007 opened last year -- just east of downtown Littleton -- boasts a handful of restaurants that all attract a decent amount of business. That isn't surprising, given the lack of dining options to draw in passersby. But what is surprising is the quality you'll find at Pho 007, which has been making a name for itself not just as one of the few pho joints in the southwest 'burbs, but as one of the better places in the entire metro area to grab a hot, steaming bowl of rice-noodle soup. Best of all? It serves up a fabulous vegetarian-broth pho that's worth a trip to investigate even if you don't live nearby (and definitely worth regular stops if you do, especially at this time of year).

See also: The veggie pho at Pho Lee is just as good as at Pho 95...any Pho 95

Many pho joints (especially along Federal Boulevard) name themselves with numbers, which have special meaning to the Vietnamese who pioneered this blend of French and Asian cuisine. But Pho 007 stands out with its playful nod to everyone's favorite British spy and man-about-town.

We didn't spot James Bond when we stopped in recently, but we did find hungry pho fans. The cushy vinyl booths lining the wall were popular, as were the tables in the center of the dining space can be pushed together for larger groups. The warm and welcoming atmosphere was just what people trying to escape the cold need in a pho place.

Pictured above is the aforementioned vegetarian pho -- triangles of crispy fried tofu swimming in a savory vegetable broth with broccoli, cabbage, carrots, onions and garlic; the usual fixings (basil, jalapenos, bean sprouts, lime wedges) come heaped on a plate so that you can garnish your pho to taste.

Pho 007 also has veggie eggrolls. Unlike the pho, these aren't vegan, but non-vegans might enjoy the shredded cabbage and carrot wrapped in an egg-based wrapper and deep-fried until crispy, then served on a lettuce leaf with a bed of rice noodles and assorted veggies with a tangy sauce.

Pho 007 is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; call 303-797-5488.

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