LD Pho


LD Pho
4722 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

pho pho phreakushly complex pho phlavor
savory slices of tender beef
sweet drops of hoisin
pho pho phorocius heat
drops of neon red siracha
pho pho phloating sprig of cilantro
evolves as you eat
oh yes
use as you please
a little here, a little pear
no. pears. no.
pho pho fresh jalapeño and sprouts
wedge of lime. basil of Thai.
pho pho phrankly my dear. I don’t give a Vietnam
sloth on the broth. It can’t last forever
you know when you arrive at opening
but can’t be served because the chef is late
and no one knows the secret ingredient
……it’s going to be worth the wait
I will dive in and swim one day
with a bean sprout floaty
pho pho pho phoolin
now I’ve got Def Leppard stuck in my head. 

Contributed by:  Scott Wentland, a aging rock n’ roller and home healthcare physical therapist navigating the streets and neighborhoods of Chicago daily. Banging out his observations here. And to check out a YouTube channel with some of his music click here!

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  1. Edward M. Bury, APR

    February 25, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Inspired. Pho goes good on a 25-degree day. Also includes star anise.

  2. Forrest Pasky

    February 25, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Cool poem/eatery…and love Def Leppard.

  3. Forrest Pasky

    February 25, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Killer SF Bay Area Show 1983.
    Dinosaurs ruled the Earth.

  4. Jon

    February 25, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Looks delicious! Pho is SO good!

  5. iampharaohmaktuk

    February 26, 2017 at 4:47 am

    The best in the middle of the night, when sick, or when hungover!

  6. youthfoodblog

    February 26, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Another wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing!

  7. richardmullen

    February 27, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Thanks Donna! Definitely going to try -it’s close enough to walk to.
    Best, Rich

  8. Zola Bee

    March 1, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Nice concept – poetry and food, two of my favourite things! Amazing!

    1. dineANDrhyme

      March 1, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks! Glad you like it!

  9. S. R. Wentland

    March 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Reblogged this on Big City Driving. How to Drive in Chicago and commented:
    A wonderful food and restaurant critique blog that I have been following asked for some food inspired poetry. I happen to like both of those things. I submitted the following

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