Special Combination Tender Beef Noodle Pho at Pho Kim Long

Also known simply as No. 13, the combo pho is an umami-bomb, a post-drinking staple at this bustling 24-hour Chinatown pho shop. Rare steak, brisket, well-done flank and dense beef meatballs come with a salad bar of accompaniments: Thai basil sprigs, vermicelli noodles, sprouts, lemon wedges, jalapeño slices, scallions and, of course, that piping hot broth. $8, 4029 W. Spring Mountain Road, 220-3613.

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