Pho Cam Ly (3814 Magazine St., 504-644-4228; www.phocamly.com) is the latest Vietnamese restaurant to open Uptown. The pho shop is trying to make a name for itself, and hungry patrons, with its Pho Challenge. Competitive eaters can sign a waiver and try to eat two pounds of vermicelli, two pounds of meat and all the broth in the giant bowl in less than one hour. Success is rewarded with a T-shirt and a spot on the restaurant website. Failure means diners get a bill for $30. Pho Cam Ly opened Monday, March 17, and no one attempted the challenge during its first week.
Owner Minh Ha previously worked with family members at Pho Bang on the West Bank. She's joined at Pho Cam Ly by her sons Johnny Nguyen and Khoa Nguyen.
The menu includes a variety of spring rolls, banh mi, pho, noodle and rice dishes and changing chicken tender specials Friday through Saturday. For special drinks, there is plum soda, Vietnamese egg soda and Thai tea. Pho Cam Ly is open for lunch daily and dinner Monday through Saturday.