Pho time By Jason La Its New Year's Day. Through your glazed-over eyes, you look at your watch. What time is it, you wonder. Pho time. If youre hungry and have a hangover, ease your discomfort with pho, a clear Vietnamese soup with rice noodles, herbs and slices of meat, usually beef or chicken. Im not suggesting pho cures hangovers. According to WebMD, there is no cure for hangovers. But when youre feeling nauseated and achy, why not try to make yourself feel better with warm and delicious soup you dont have to cook yourself? Here are two spots for a great bowl of pho. At either of these places, Id recommend getting the chicken pho (pho ga) or the pho with rare beef (pho tai). Pho 79 With its soft lighting and calming decor, Pho 79 wont assault your already abused senses. Ive eaten here at least half a dozen times, and the noise level is usually on the low end, a plus for your pounding head. Seating is generally very prompt, and service is quick as well. Your bowl of pho will be on its way within five minutes of the time you order. The portions arent monstrous, but at about $5.50 dollars a bowl, you definitely get your moneys worth. Pho 79, 29 S. Garfield Ave., Alhambra (626) 289-0239 Noodle City A little more bustling than Pho 79, on average, Noodle City is still a good stop for those with hangovers. Though the restaurant can get a little noisy, as large groups tend to flock here, the booths on the left side of the restaurant are relatively quiet. Service is prompt, and the restaurant is low-key. You could walk in with drool coming down your face and not feel out of place. In other words, you wont have to worry about looking like a zombie while you nurse your hangover. No one will care. The size of the portions here are on the average side, but also selling for about $5.50 a bowl, its still a deal. Noodle City, 628 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra.
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