We encourage indie eateries on Powers Boulevard as holdouts amidst chain culture. Which isn’t to say all get a pass; food must show why we should shop local. Pho & Grill makes its case with affordable pricing, quick service and a familiar menu of Vietnamese staples: bun (noodle bowls), com (rice plates) and pho (bone broth vermicelli soup). Our House Special Rice Plate ($10.75) hosts a fried egg atop a rice mound, a couple shrimp and a lineup of chewy beef, pork and chicken pieces, all grill kissed with pleasant char flavor. Nuoc cham sauce adds mild sweetness and chili flavor. Equally fine is our rare steak pho ($9.50/large), with perfectly aromatic broth and all the herbal fixings; we quickly jalapeño and chili-relish it toward a sweat-inducing heat level. A cup of Vietnamese coffee ($3.75) with condensed milk on the side, for self-sweetening, drinks dark and a little nutty, kind of like the Thai tea of its ilk, guilty good as a cultural cup.