My cellphone photos suck, but this place has wonderful pho and is so cheap you won't believe it. First off the pho comes in two sizes -- Large for $4.99 and Extra Large (which could feed a family of 4) for $6.50. I got mine with beef and tendon. N. got his with beef and "frank brisket." Paper thin slices of rare beef float on top of the flavorful broth (I always think I catch a hint of cinnamon). The noodles soak up all of the rich flavor. My bowl was loaded with tendon cooked so tender it just melts in your mouth. I think the texture of tendon appeals to me in the same way that soft-boiled egg yolk or avocado does -- it's a dense rich softness. I don't know what Xe Lua means in Vietnamese, but the Chinese name of this place is Huo Ce Tou which means Train Engine -- so I always find the place by the neon sign.
Pho Xe Lua Viet Thai Restaurant
907 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19107