An outsider's opinion will tell you that the most essential building block to good Vietnamese pho is in the broth, but the insiders tasked with assembling the traditional brew of steeped herbs and bone morrow will take it a step further. They'll tell you it's like the keystone to building a bridge - if it fails to capture the palate (sour instead of zesty; greasy rather than robust) than the rest is just phooey, seeing as how "the rest" is typically submerged in a giant bowl of the stuff.
The pho broth at Tea Light Cafe, which shares a sidewalk with Harkins Cine Capri in Scottsdale, is golden. Noodle places are as trendy as the cities they're popping up in (New York City, Los Angeles), but in Phoenix, a city where trends go to shrivel, the Tea Light Cafe has survived with a credo of keeping it simple, fresh, and quality - with every single menu item priced under $10.
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