The city folks keep coming to Columbia for culture -- at least a play and a Vietnamese dinner for the Baltimore Snacker.
The Snacker posted about An Loi where he and friends ate pho, pork with vermicelli and salty lemon soda. An interesting find: He discovered that An Loi makes its own fish sauce.
I have written before about An Loi, which is on Snowden River Parkway. The pho makes wonderful takeout because they package the broth, noodles, and vegetables separately. When you get home, you assemble it as fresh as you would have it in the store. And the salted plum and lemon sodas were one of my original finds for HowChow. I recommend those and the Vietnamese coffee.