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Best Pho Expansion Offering Less Cooking Fumes and More Craft Cocktails: Pho Lang Thang

Best Pho Expansion Offering Less Cooking Fumes and More Craft Cocktails

In fall 2019, brothers Bao and Duy Nguyen got the chance to move their original Pho Lang Thang restaurant from their cramped Findlay Market location to a newly renovated building a stone’s throw away on Race Street. The new space is stunning and such an upgrade from the original that you feel like you’re almost in a different universe. The dining room is at least three times as large, and so much more pleasant now that cooking fumes don’t infuse the dining areas. Contemporary touches like the pressed-tin ceiling, exposed pipes and hanging balloon lights make it an airy and welcoming spot — as does the 14-seater bar. While the market location served only soft drinks and strong, sweet Vietnamese coffee (still available here), now you can select from a dozen draft beers, many more suds in cans and bottles and a short but carefully selected list of wines by the glass or bottle. Don’t overlook their playful, Asian-accented cocktail list, either. Or the food, obviously. Pho Lang Thang, 1828 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, pholangthang.com.