Herndon Restaurants

Pho 75

382 Elden St
Herndon, VA 20170
703-471-4145

Vietnamese
Pho

 

$
$7.75
 

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Exceptional Value

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Washington Post
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Don Rockwell
 
This no-frills pho parlor is the one that started it all (the Rosslyn location is the original), and it's still our favorite. You may find pho as good elsewhere, but you won't find better.
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Washington Post
Washingtonian
Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (Undated)
"…The steaming Vietnamese classic (pronounced FUH) is good on its own, better when a diner adds a few accents from the accompanying plate of licorice-like Thai basil, crisp bean sprouts, fiery jalapeno and fresh lime. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/11/2012) — 100 Cheap Eats 2012
Washingtonian notes that "these quick-serve shops remain the standard to this day—remarkable in a business predicated on change, especially considering the flood of competition." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Surely the best chain Pho in the DC area." See 1/15/2011 Review…»

Bonchon

13320 Franklin Farm Rd.
Herndon, VA 20171
703-870-7580

Korean
Chicken

 

$
$12.50
 

Cheap Eats
Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Bonchon is regarded by most in the area as the top purveyor of the "other KFC" (Korean fried chicken). The twice-fried chicken comes in a choice of spicy or sweet sesame garlic sauce and at some locations you may need to wait as long as 30 minutes for an order.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (8/1/2013)
"In an era when many grow impatient when forced to sit still for 0.49 second as Google spits out search results, the BonChon Chicken chain is a kind of a giant chill pill, asking customers to wait 30 minutes or more for fried wings and drumettes. Allow me to repeat that: BonChon often forces you to wait a half-hour (or more!) for what is, essentially, the Korean version of Buffalo wings. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"… At Bonchon, you’ll encounter … a symphony of relentless crunching. That’s how ridiculously crispy the chain’s Korean twice-fried chicken is, even—it defies culinary logic—when doused in sticky-sweet garlic-soy glaze. The famed birds are the number-one reason to visit (or to call for carryout, though waits can stretch to an hour-plus), but some locations such as Arlington, Centreville, and Navy Yard serve well-made cock-tails and a short list of starters, too. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.
Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
Price Guide:
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ Expensive ($25-$35); $$ Moderate ($15-$25); Inexpensive (<$15)
Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).