Chicago >Food & Dining > Tank Restaurant
4953 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6064041.971450 -87.659735
Neighborhoods: Far North Side, Uptown
Excellent pho, including meatball and tripe varieties, plus lots of other Vietnamese specialties. It's BYOB and it gets crowded, but it's totally worth the wait.
Asian Noodle- Pho – The quality of the food is very consistent. The only thing that I cannot stand is the loud loud music that they play. If I want to feel like I am at a bar/club, I would go to a bar. It is crazy sometimes the music is so loud that it is hard to have conversation without asking my friends to repeat themselves!!
Excellent Vietnamese Food, especially their Soups (Pho). Wraps are great too. – If you want to mingle with the large crowd of 'locals'; and get the best Vietnamese Soups in the City, this is the place. Really warms you up in the cold weather. Their wraps (spring rolls) and beaf wrap are also our favorites. Very cheap AND BYOB. Highly Recommend.
When you need pho... – Pho Xe Tang (or Tank Noodle as we round-eye white devils like to call it) is one of the best places in Chicago for pho. The location is easy to get to via transit. And the restaurant is always clean and well-lit. When it comes to the pho, the broth is hot and beefy, but light and sweet with only a touch of anise flavor. The noodles are firm and you get plenty of basil, lime, pepper slices and beansprouts on the side.
I love the pho with everything (tripe is not that scary folks...), but for beginners or less intrepid eaters the pho tai is a great safe place to start. Each table has plenty of hoisin, hot sauces, fish sauce, soya, and sugar. So you can flavor your pho how you like. The portions are HUGE! So try the normal size offerings first.
The initial service is good. Sometimes it takes a little long to get the check, but no worries, you'll have a full tummy of pho!
If you're looking for comfort food, definitely check out Pho Xe Tang. TANK NOODLE!
Best Vietnamese food around (under-rated) – As a Vietnamese person, I would say this is the best restaurant of its kind (quality/price) in town. You can't compare this place with Pasteur, Le Colonial, or Le Lan for example, and so the rating system in this scenario is a little skewed.
I eat here for lunch, dinner, and anything in between. I'm here at least once a month. I come here because everything is above average. Nothing is so bad that you'll never have it again. That is what I look for in these types of restaurants and trust me, my taste buds are practiced. This is not the Vietnamese you'll find on the west coast, in Texas, or DC but if you crave Vietnamese food, you should come here. I usually don't rate this high but I saw the ratings were a little on the low side so I felt obliged to bring it up a little.
So again, you can find better pho, better bun bo hue, better who knows what probably somewhere else in the city but this place still remains affordable, with good service, and consistant food.
A few months ago, I saw one of those local TV shows coming to do a review. Must have been good b/c the following weekend, it was packed with non-Asian people. The food has not changed to accomodate Western taste buds, my Asian taste buds are still pleased... every time.
Modest eatery in Uptown sports a wealth of Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. – In Short
Chinese and Vietnamese food share space on the lengthy menu at this storefront restaurant in Little Vietnam, featuring favorites such as the popular banh xeo, crispy pancakes filled with pork, shrimp and beansprouts. Pho, the traditional Vietnamese broth, brims with beef, noodles, cilantro, lime and jalapenos. Diners make it a point to try bubble tea, smoothies or fruit shakes.
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