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Street fight: The pho is flying

March 27, 2009 |  4:29 pm

Street_3It started with: "$16 pho? are you kidding me?"

And then all heck broke loose in the comments box.

Street hasn't even opened yet, but when Eater LA posted chef-owner Susan Feniger's menus, who knew there'd be a brawl in the town square over everything from whether one should go to Vietnam for one's pho ("50 cents in vietnam! lets go!") to the value of bloggers ("it always cracks me up how bloggers are criticizing before they even taste or have experienced the place/dish")? 

Heated debate ensued, but things got really ugly by comment No. 19. ... Hello, mediator? I wouldn't wish "eboli" on anyone.

What a relief when someone showed up soon thereafter (in top hat and bow tie) with: "Sounds perfect. Can't wait."

Mention of Porto's potato balls (again) in comment No. 39 seemed to calm things down, though someone was still seething by comment No. 45, and there are still some punches being thrown.

Meanwhile, $16 pho?

-- Betty Hallock

Photo of Susan Feniger at Street by Ann Johansson/Los Angeles Times