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April 5, 2010

Pho pas


So here I am, finally getting hip to the whole pho phonetics scene, when somebody brings news of a T-shirt for sale at a Vietnamese noodle shop in Catonsviille.

"I (heart) Phobama," reads the shirt sold at Pho 1, at 5764 Baltimore National Pike (in the shopping center that once housed Value City).

Cute pun, but one that works best if you pronounce "pho" like "foe." It's more like "fuh," a fact I only recently clued into. 

No matter. Customers seem to love "fuh-bama."

"We sell a lot," said cashier Behai Nguyen, who said the message is less political for people really in the know. (He said in Vietnamese, "bama" stands for "papa" and "mama" for -- you guessed it -- "mama.")

The shirts cost $14.95, or $20 for two.  Liz Kay,  one of The Baltimore Sun's Consuming Interests bloggers, brought the shirts to my attention.

Liz was really after the pho, which she said was tasty if not quite as good as what's sold at Mekong Delta downtown.

Sun photo by Liz Kay
Posted by Laura Vozzella at 5:35 AM | | Comments (12)


I always wanted to name one of these restaurants Pho King.

mendez we

Scary thoughts

Google it. Pho King? Lots of them

Ahhh, pho phonetics.

My husband is a little obsessed with his Pho (Pho Saigon in Catonsville for the win!) and has invented words and phrases such as:

Phonger- Intense desire for pho
Phomazing- Particularly delicious pho
Pho O'clock- Time to eat pho.

How about "Who's Pho-bama?"

Courtney got me one of those shirts. It's my single favorite article of clothing. I like to wear it when I go to Ropewalk Tavern for happy hour.

You could go to Ropewalk wearing a Lyndon LaRouche-print muumuu, but that doesn't change the fact that in the end, you're keeping the Republican bar in business. This pleases me to no end, of course.

Move the restaurant to Milan's location in Little Italy, and it can be called Phogeddaboudit.

ReCaptcha: revenues melanges (an apt description for Milan, perhaps)

Republican or no, it's still the best bar in the area with the best happy hour deal. I love Ropewalk.

Bazinga! Good one, hmpstd

I like to wear my Adam Smith necktie when I go to Ropewalk.

Anyway, Jon, if I can go Red Emma's for fair trade coffee, you can go to Ropewalk for happy hour.

Robert, maybe we should do our next get together there

In the past I organized some college alumni happy hours at Ropewalk. They were very accomodating and good to work with.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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