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Old 10-20-2013, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Love me some pho! It's super easy to make too. Consequently, my favorite pho is the pho I make myself.
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Sandy Springs (ATL)
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Seattle got some good ones as well. What I love is some of them even do a play on the word. We have restaurants "Pho Dang", "Pho it up", "What the Pho!" I always have to laugh.
Lol. Yea my current favorite is a T-Shirt I saw yesterday that read, "Pho-get about it!"

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I like a local place near the jail called "What Chu In Pho?"
Please tell me thats also how the server takes your order

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Love me some pho! It's super easy to make too. Consequently, my favorite pho is the pho I make myself.
Hmm...I'm not sure Kathryn. I might need a receipt for that claim next time you're in the City. (receipt=proof)

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Old 10-20-2013, 09:34 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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the best pho I've had is in San Francisco. 2nd best is any of the numerous places around Argyle in Chicago.

often times I just make it myself at home, not that hard esp if you use a veggie base instead of a meat stock. I've still got some thai basil growing out by the balcony but it will probably die soon.

I'm pretty sure the pho influence in Nola and vicinity is being pushed outward from greater Houston... I remember buying vietnamese stuff in FL and it would be made in Houston.

Orlando also has a pretty good vietnamese area...
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Sandy Springs (ATL)
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the best pho I've had is in San Francisco. 2nd best is any of the numerous places around Argyle in Chicago.

often times I just make it myself at home, not that hard esp if you use a veggie base instead of a meat stock. I've still got some thai basil growing out by the balcony but it will probably die soon.

I'm pretty sure the pho influence in Nola and vicinity is being pushed outward from greater Houston... I remember buying vietnamese stuff in FL and it would be made in Houston.

Orlando also has a pretty good vietnamese area...
I was just speaking to a native Chicagoan yesterday about pho variety there. Can't wait to see for myself next year!

I can tell you though that Houston has nothing to do with the Vietnamese culture here. NOLA has had Vietnamese enclaves and communities since 1975. But, I bet H-Town has some kick*** Vietnamese restaurants though. I know for sure they have a lot more than we do.

How's the pho in Florida?

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Old 10-20-2013, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Houston has the 3rd largest Vietnamese population in American after Los Angeles & San Jose. Naturally, the Pho in Houston is going to be the bomb. Its like McDonald's or Jack In The Box, there is a Pho restaurant on every corner almost in H-Town.

Cities like DC, Seattle, & New Orleans all have large Vietnamese populations no doubt, but they don't compare to Houston.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...an_populations
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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I had my first bowel of Pho on Spadina Ave. in Toronto in 1976. It was love at first bite. My wife and I were long distance truckers for a few years and we were in all 48 states south of our border and all across Canada also. Where ever we were I always kept my eyes peeled for Pho places we could stop at and get a bite. IN ALL OF THE DOZENS OF PLACES WE FOUND I DON'T THINK I EVER HAD ANY PHO THAT WAS BELOW AN A MINUS. Now that we have settled down permanently here in Niagara Falls I feel just so lucky cause we have a Vietnamese place that is the best I have ever been to. It's just awesome. It has a very extensive menu with some choices I have never seen before. There is this one that I'm drooling about just thinking of it. It's a Vietnamese style catfish hotpot. The fish is baked in a broth that is kind of like Pho, maybe a little more lemongrass and ginger, I don't really know, they won't reveal the recipe. It's really to die for.
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Sandy Springs (ATL)
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I had my first bowel of Pho on Spadina Ave. in Toronto in 1976. It was love at first bite. My wife and I were long distance truckers for a few years and we were in all 48 states south of our border and all across Canada also. Where ever we were I always kept my eyes peeled for Pho places we could stop at and get a bite. IN ALL OF THE DOZENS OF PLACES WE FOUND I DON'T THINK I EVER HAD ANY PHO THAT WAS BELOW AN A MINUS. Now that we have settled down permanently here in Niagara Falls I feel just so lucky cause we have a Vietnamese place that is the best I have ever been to. It's just awesome. It has a very extensive menu with some choices I have never seen before. There is this one that I'm drooling about just thinking of it. It's a Vietnamese style catfish hotpot. The fish is baked in a broth that is kind of like Pho, maybe a little more lemongrass and ginger, I don't really know, they won't reveal the recipe. It's really to die for.
Yea I'm pretty much torturing myself just talking about this stuff. Here's what I just read Anthony Bourdain had at Pho Tau Bang in NOLA:

"Bun Bo Hue-A hot and spicy pork and beef soup served in a fish stock with large rice noodles. The soup has a spicy bold delightful taste to satisfy your appetite. This is an authentic soup that originated from Central Vietnam"

This sounds like every hope and dream I've ever had

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Old 10-20-2013, 10:39 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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So what about you? What's the best pho you've ever had?
I've had Pho at a number of Vietnamese restaurants near where I live in Maryland. I liked them all, especially with the spicy hot sauce.

I should try Pho when I go to other places too. I guess I never thought about that.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:37 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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I was just speaking to a native Chicagoan yesterday about pho variety there. Can't wait to see for myself next year!

I can tell you though that Houston has nothing to do with the Vietnamese culture here. NOLA has had Vietnamese enclaves and communities since 1975. But, I bet H-Town has some kick*** Vietnamese restaurants though. I know for sure they have a lot more than we do.

How's the pho in Florida?
What I was saying is, it radiates from Houston, Houston is *the* epicenter for the entire south east in terms of Vietnmase and I bet ingredients etc are sourced from their in stores, esp if stuff like fresh bakery items and noodles make it all the way to Florida.

I know there are lots of vietnamese fisherman and such around LA/MS
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Sandy Springs (ATL)
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What I was saying is, it radiates from Houston, Houston is *the* epicenter for the entire south east in terms of Vietnmase and I bet ingredients etc are sourced from their in stores, esp if stuff like fresh bakery items and noodles make it all the way to Florida.
Oh no I understood what you meant bro. I can't be sure, but being that these communities here all grow their own produce, I doubt that any more than a modicum of anything is shipped in..if any at all. There's a pretty sizable Vietnamese Fresh Market on the Westbank where Viet-Nola residents sell locally grown/made goods to restaurants and general consumers alike. But I guess it would make sense that some purveyors might order from Houston. I just don't see the need for it when you can get it all fresh here.

Not sure about Florida though...
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