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Old 10-21-2013, 02:36 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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You will find the best pho (and Vietnamese food) in the LA area (imo). Come and try it if you ever get a chance. 2nd best I've had goes to the Bay Area.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:45 AM
 
Location: The A
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I personally hate Pho but I love Vietnamese fried rice. Anywhere on Buford Hwy in Atlanta is usually rated pretty good for their pho. I have co workers that eat it like 4 times a week. So gross.
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Limbo
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Pho (pronounced "F-uh")

Ok, so I'm not exactly sure how I've lived for 28 years not having discovered this amazing concoction before, but OH MY GOD...pho is awesomeness in its purest form! And fortunately, due to our large Vietnamese population, New Orleans has an array of phenomenal pho purveyors.

I've heard of several in the area, but recently had a chance to check-in at Pho Tau Bay here on the Westbank. Never have I been known for my reserved nature so I decided to go all in and try the Beef Combo, with brisket, tendon, and tripe...just as Anthony Bourdain said during his Layover episode here, its ABSOLUTELY SUBLIME

I also keep hearing much about Pho Bang in Metairie. I'll be headed there next...very soon.

So what about you? What's the best pho you've ever had?

Let me know. Ciao
All over Vietnam and the Far East. My first experience with Pho was in Thailand, actually. It was raining harder outside than anything I'd ever seen in my life. Like monsoon bad. We took shelter in this little store with the classic kiddie chairs and Coca-Cola themed plastic tables. There was a lady in there serving some concoction out of a giant cauldron. We were already there and hungry, so we tried it.

Fan-phocken-tastic!
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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All over Vietnam and the Far East. My first experience with Pho was in Thailand, actually. It was raining harder outside than anything I'd ever seen in my life. Like monsoon bad. We took shelter in this little store with the classic kiddie chairs and Coca-Cola themed plastic tables. There was a lady in there serving some concoction out of a giant cauldron. We were already there and hungry, so we tried it.

Fan-phocken-tastic!
Thai, Laos, & Cambodian style Pho is different than Vietnamese Pho. Those are spicier & one usually puts sugar in it. Vietnamese don't use sugar in their Pho. If you ever go to a Vietnamese Pho restaurant & see an Asian person putting sugar in their bowl you automatically know they're not Vietnamese.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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I make a lot of my own Asian dishes. Many of the dishes I make, I use a premade paste I buy from the Asian food store as a base. I just wish some enterprising person would realize how desirable it would be to have a Pho base in a jar. I don't think it would be difficult to produce one. I make Thai soups all the time using the Thai preparations and the soups are as good as I get when I order one out somewhere.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Sandy Springs (ATL)
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My only other wish is that pho was as good reheated the next day. Its not....the broth is usually creamier due to the noodles breaking down into the broth
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Limbo
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Thai, Laos, & Cambodian style Pho is different than Vietnamese Pho. Those are spicier & one usually puts sugar in it. Vietnamese don't use sugar in their Pho. If you ever go to a Vietnamese Pho restaurant & see an Asian person putting sugar in their bowl you automatically know they're not Vietnamese.
I didn't know that. That's why it tasted a little different in Vietnam, I guess. Either way, it was good.
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:27 PM
 
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A lot of good pho in the DC area, particularly in Northern Virginia!
I agree. Arlington VA (just outside DC) was the epicenter of the first popular Vietnamese restaurants in the US I know of, dating as far back as the 70s. Sadly one of the originals (Queen Bee) closed recently after a very long run.
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Baghdad by the Bay (San Francisco, California)
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It seems like Pho really hit its peak of popularity in Houston about 7-8 years ago. I think it has waned a little, though there are a lot of noodle houses all over Houston that still do a booming business. I remember a little spot in Sugar Land that always had a long line for lunch. My co-workers referred to the line as the "Pho cue".

These days, I think It is more popular in Houston than it is in San Francisco, where Pho was a bigger deal maybe 10 years ago and Udon and Ramen tend to rule today. There's still plenty of Pho to be found, but lines out the door of places serving Ramen are much more common.
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:13 PM
 
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This thread has nothing to do with what's popular in Houston. I'm not really sure why people keep making comments about houston completely out of context of the OP's question.

"What's the best pho you've ever had?"

No one asked about how many Vietnamese are in Houston.

Not being rude, I just don't want another thread closed because of the bickering that follows in conversations about Houston. Thats all.
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