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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
New Haven
Food
Feel
Price
5.2
7.0
$15
We’re sorry to report that our favorite pho has gone downhill

Although pho, at its best, is one of the world’s most complex, richly layered broths, Pot-au-Pho demonstrates the oft-deformed crossbreeding of Anglo-inspired American culinary culture with Asian cuisine: blandness. We’re sorry to report a marked backslide in deliciousness and value for this formerly excellent institution.

Any Vietnamese joint worth its salt offers brisket, fatty brisket, tendon, tripe, and meatballs in its pho. The textural element is key: the distinctive toothiness of good Vietnamese meatballs contrasts with the soft and chewy tendon… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
New Haven
Food
Feel
Price
8.6
7.5
$15
A true Jamaican gem, best for take-out, hiding in the side streets west of downtown New Haven

This is an out-of-the-way find in a part of New Haven most Yalies probably don’t even know exists—it’s somewhat west of downtown, off Derby Ave. With a half-broken TV and ripped plastic upholstery, the atmosphere is so drab it’s almost a joke; but the place is so genuine in its lack of intentional aesthetic that it comes off as purely endearing. And take-out orders are the best choice anyway. Huge family-style portions make it a great option for a dinner… [More]