430 Green Springs Hwy., Homewood
This small restaurant is short on atmosphere but long on authenticity, and the prices are very reasonable. They serve the traditional "pho" beef noodle dishes accompanied by bean sprouts and herbs - usually basil and peppers. Here's a good thread about the restaurant on Chowhound.com: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/481849. Named a "hidden gem of dining" in Birmingham News City Scene, March 2009, which said, "Don't let the strip-mall setting turn you off ... Don't leave without trying the spring rolls, prepared with ground pork, shredded carrots and bean thread noodle."