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Jul 11, 2006 05:50 PM

The Best Pho

As a child I recall visiting this small hole-in-the-wall restaurant
called Pho Hoa in Seattle. I don't recall what road it is
on; just that it was a few blocks away from the main
Vietnamese center and that we had to wait 20-30 minutes
to get a seat (this was back in the mid 80s). I wonder if a) this place still exists; b)if this place is still any good (I know that it is now a chain) and c) if not Pho Hoa; what is a really good place for pho?


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  1. It's been a few years since I had pho in Seattle, but I ate at Miss Saigon, a Vietnamese restaurant very close to the Seattle Art Museum. We feared that since it was near a tourist trap, the food would be awful. However, if I recall correctly, the pho was excellent. The pho was HUGE, filling, and delicious. Plus cheap.

    1. Not a pho connoisseur, but...Pho Hoa is still there (6th and Weller) and still popular (also has salty plum drink!) Closer to downtown, try Cafe Pho (3rd and Marion, in the food court) which also serves decent beef short rib. Weekends you can get pho with Kobe beef for brunch at Monsoon.

      1. Pho Hoa is a chain based out of the Bay Area, IIRC.

        My favorite pho shop (and I eat there at least twice a week) is Pho Bac, either the original location at Jackson & Rainier or Pho Bac II on 7th near Jackson

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        1. re: terrier

          I've eaten at Pho Hoa in the Bay Area (since I do reside here) and left quite disappointed many times. If you eat at Pho Bac twice a week, then I may take your word for it and try it out. Was there not a Pho Bac in downtown Tacoma? I remember it being pretty good, but again; I haven't been back since I was 14.

        2. Bahn Mi 88 Deli on Delridge in White Center
          is the best I've tried. The broth isn't
          as sweet as most in town and I like that.
          I find Than Bros. broth too sweet.
          Their Panang Curry is amazing too.

          1. Than Bros. Pho is excellent, quick and cheap. I go to the one in Ballard, but there is one on Aurora near Greenlake, and some other locations, I think.