After a morning spent taking photos of flooding near the Gunpowder and Minebank Run, I was pleasantly surprised to find just what I needed in Carney Village Shopping Center: a hot bowl of soup.
Not just any soup, though—the savory Vietnamese noodle soup known as pho. A new restaurant, Pho Thanh Cong opened in the shopping center next to Mars grocery store earlier this month.
The shop, owned by the Pham family—nine siblings and their various extended family—opened it's doors on Oct. 18. It's name: thanh cong, which means "sucess", is rather apt.
As I ate lunch—an order of spring rolls packed with noodles, lettuce, shrimp and pork with peanut sauce and a bowl of pho with beef, sprouts and herbs—I was able to catch up with Carney couple Kirk and Lennie Priddy also checking the new spot for the first time.
Lennie, for her part, said she was glad to have a pho option so close at hand. Typically, she said, she'd been travelling to Towson for the rich, savory broth and noodles.
"It’s close enough to where I live, I always go to the one in Towson. But it’s far from here so when we found out about this… It’s good," Priddy said.
Khoi Pham, whose family lives all over Baltimore County, said that Carney was an easy choice.
"We did the research and we found this place—it's good for business," he said.
Have you tried out Pho Thanh Cong? Do you think you will in the future? Tell us in the comments.