Pho Xe Tang - Tank RestaurantUptown
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This Uptown spot, which outgrew its former digs on Argyle Street after two years, upgraded to a bigger, brighter location on the corner of Broadway and Argyle Street. The casual dining room features several big round tables for easy sharing -- but perhaps too many, don't be surprised if a party of two is seated at a table suited for six. The large Vietnamese and Chinese menu is served all day, and includes best-seller appetizers like banh xeo, Vietnamese crispy pancakes with shrimp, pork, beans sprouts, lettuce and mint, and the special appetizer combo of shrimp, pork skin and egg rolls with a shrimp cake, steamed rice noodles and house-made lemon fish sauce. Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) is popular anytime -- the hearty beef broth simmers for hours before being strained over flat noodles. The pho is then garnished with bean sprouts, cilantro, fresh basil, jalapenos and a wedge of lime. There are several pho add-ins, ranging from beef brisket to ox tail. Entree specialties include do bien ap chao, a steaming dish of shrimp, scallops, squid and crab meat sautéed with vegetables and served in a special piping hot pan. Bubble teas, smoothies and fruit shakes are the beverage of choice or you may BYOB, no corkage fee.