3030 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
I'm not sure if Superior Pho is so-named because they are located off of Superior Avenue, or because they have self-proclaimed themselves to be the most superior pho in town. I'm willing to believe the later, because their pho is about he best I've had. Pho is a Vietnamese soup consisting of a tangy broth and long rice noodles. When I visited Superior Pho, I ordered 'meal 10'' from their menu. This was a 'combo' of a large pho of my choice, a Vietnamese sandwich (Bánh mi), and a drink. My choice of soup was Pho Chay, which was described as 'noodle soup with bean sprouts and vegetables'. The soup itself is served with green onions in it. The bean sprouts are served on the side with some lemon wedges, slices of jalapenos, and some type of leafy herbs. When I've ordered pho at other restaurants, it was served with basil leafs. I have to admit, I don't know what type of herbs were served at Superior Pho, but they were slightly bitter, and good in the soup. I'll have to ask next time.
The Bánh mì is a sandwich made of French bread, roast pork, homemade pate, cucumbers, jalapeno slices, shredded carrot, and mayonnaise. The bread was very fresh, soft on the inside, and crusty on the outside. If you haven't tried it before, it's very unique, and absolutely delicious.
On previous visits to Superior Pho, I had ordered a 'meal' that included a summer roll instead of the sandwich. On this visit, we ordered Thit nuong cuon, which were rice paper rolls filled with fresh herbs, vermicelli noodles and grilled marinated pork. They were excellent. The pork was tender and tasty and almost melted in your mouth.
If you're not familiar with Vietnamese food, I would definitely recommend Superior Pho. The atmosphere is nothing special, but nice enough, and it certainly doesn't detract from the great food. As for the value, it is definitely worth it. The meal #10 that I ordered was $11.95 for a huge bowl of soup, a decent sized sandwich, and a soda. All in all, a great place!
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