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Photos: Pho Vietnam 4

Vietnamese eggrolls
Maya Evoy
Chicken Pho
Mara Severin
House sandwich
Mara Severin
Lemongrass beef
Mara Severin
Pad thai with shrimp
Mara Severin
Mara Severin

I love a little bit of foodie inside-baseball. So when my friend Vanessa heard from her Vietnamese manicurist that the best Vietnamese food in town is being served at Pho Vietnam 4 on Government Hill (and NOT, she said pointedly, at the pho restaurant next to the salon), my interest was piqued.

“Ask for them to make the rice crispy,” she added. “They won’t do it unless you ask.” That sealed the deal. For me, it’s the culinary version of “Knock three times and say, ‘The fat man walks alone.’”

Read more: Pho Vietnam 4: Say the magic words for a memorable Vietnamese meal