I recently ate at C’om in Dunwoody and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the lunch service and the amount of food you receive; it’s a little out of the way for most, but if you’re anywhere close to the perimeter area you should check this place out. They have two main lunch combos; a Bahn mi and soup/salad option and the pho and spring roll. You cannot go wrong with either, and have the luxury of selecting from several additional toppings and/or fillings: shrimp, lamb, chicken, beef, pate and several choices of fish…all for less than $10, depending on your option choices.
In my opinion, the pho is the way to go; a complex broth of star anise, ginger, black cardamom, coriander, fennel and cloves to name a few. For a base of~$7 this is a steal and there’s also an option for a large bowl starting at $9…you do not need the large portion unless you are practicing for a Man V. Food episode; no one at our table finished the regular sized portion.
It’s served with a side of fresh Thai basil, cilantro, lime, bean sprouts and jalapeno peppers that really pack a punch so go easy with these.
The spring rolls that accompany the pho are also a nice touch and bring some crunch with fresh carrots and cucumber, and are served with two dipping sauces; one of a thick and gooey peanut variety and the other a slightly spicy, sweet and sour mixture that gets a dash of fish sauce for extra pungency!
They also have a spicy seafood soup with shrimp and squid that’s cooked in a broth of lemon grass, ginger, basil and spices which they told me was not for the timid and actually talked one my companions out of ordering…I will be having that next visit.