Some things are sweet on their own, but even better when combined with that perfect something else –- just look at peanut butter and jelly, WCW's Road Warriors, or A-Rod and any cousin willing to stick needles in his butt. Going tag-team on taste, Pho 'N Rice.
Started by two formerly Woburn-based Thai restaurateurs in the old Zoe's spot, PNR offers a combination of spice-heavy Thai and sweeter Vietnamese cuisines in a simple, unassuming space: light green walls, take-out counter/soda fridge, and an austere 10-table, 32-seat elevated dining area set on luxurious faux wood floors. The extensive menu runs the gamut from pho ("noodle" in yeoman's terms), to curry, to classic stir-fry, and delivers highlights like Tamarind Duck (1/2 a boneless duck cooked crispy, covered in spicy Tamarind sauce), Wild Boar Basil (stir-fried w/ string beans, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots), and Pho Dac Biet, a popular beef noodle soup with rare steak, tendon, tripe, and "well-done beef frank", an order that would get you vendor-pwned at Fenway. Other features include a spicy-sauced pork chop w/ steamed jasmine rice called Com Suon, and the Bangkok Paradise, which uses a delicious combo of shrimp, chicken, avocado, mango, and coconut as a substitute for enchantingly illegal sex slaves.
After navigating the red tape-loving Somerville Licensing Commission, PNR plans to serve its favorite beer and wine by summer, which should create another perfect pairing -- booze and...whatever.