Friend or Pho’s namesake pho should be avoided, not just by authentic Vietnamese food enthusiasts but by anyone not willing to pay $7.95 for what tastes like a bowl of ready-made soup filled with unseasoned meat and lifeless noodles. The sparse and wilted side of cilantro, basil, Thai peppers and lime didn’t add flavor.
What Friend or Pho does have going for it is a great staff. Servers and bartenders make you feel welcome and know the ins and outs of the extensive beer list quite well.
I suggest having dinner elsewhere and hitting Friend or Pho for post-dinner drinks or if you plan to drink enough so that what you’re eating doesn’t matter.