This Week in Soup


This is the only Soviet-centric business for the local Russian community, and the three stout women who run the store ensure their creations don't disappoint. The borscht is blinding redness and belied by the blandness you'd expect of a beet-and-tomato soup. But it's surprisingly invigorating once you mix in a scoop of sour cream. It reminds me of a soup Mexican mothers force down the sore throats of their children, insisting on its recuperative powers. I'm not sure there's a babushka-abuelita exchange, but my larynx doesn't lie: after slurping up this borscht, I'm blessed with the pipes of angels. 3015 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, (714) 546-3354. $

Pho 79

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Garden Grove, CA 92843

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: Garden Grove

Pho 79 is old-school, one of the first Vietnamese chain restaurants in the United States. They have a vast selection of foods from different regions of Vietnam, but the name doesn't lie. Slurp up the pho, trucked out in boiling canteens, your choice of meat standing on top of a mini-boulder of rice noodles. Add in jungles of bean sprouts and mints, and you have the flu shot you need for the winter.9941 Hazard Ave., Garden Grove, (714) 531-2490; 9200 Bolsa Ave., Ste. 117, Westminster, (714) 893-1883; 881 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, (310) 599-5305. $

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