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thinking of getting pho this weekend. I LOVE golden deli, so thinking of going there but just want other recs and opinions..kind of want to see if there are any better pho places out there. where else can you guys recommend for goood pho and others.. i personally like pho ga but they do not have that at gd. thanks!

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  1. I know some people here will not agree with me, but my favotire is Pho 79 in Alhambra (on Garfield just south of Main). I asked my Vietnamese friend (I had the same question as you and figured who better to ask than a Vietnamese person) at work where they go for pho (when they do not make it at home (I really need to get an invite from them!)) and I was really pleased when she said Pho 79.

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    1. re: WildSwede

      It's funny - I keep not wanting to like this place because it has such a lackluster, tired air about it. The plastic plants haven't been dusted since the Ford administration, the help is animated only when conversing amongst themselves - you almost have to pretend to walk out just to get your check - and practically the only way to get one of'em to smile is by spilling soup in your lap. But the broth is delicious, the ingredients so fresh you can just about hear the rare beef moo, and it's almost too much food for under five bucks.

    2. I think there is a good Vietnamese restaurant in the plaza across from Golden Deli where the Luscious Dumpling is located. I think the owners of Golden Deli own them.

      I've been to Pho Pasteur on Valley Blvd. and Rosemead, and they are always super crowded and filled with Vietnamese people.

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      1. re: WHills

        besides golden deli, i frequent pho 79 and GDeli's sister restaurants, Vietnam House (next to Luscious Dumpling) and Saigon Flavor. I like Pho Pasteur but yes it's very crowded. My fave pho at Pho 79 is the golden brisket - yellow, fat-lined brisket pieces. very delectable.

        1. re: WHills

          The Golden Deli sibling is Vietnam House, in the strip mall on the southeast corner. Their signature offering is the seven-courses-of-beef dinner, which I've had twice - although I think, left to my own devices, I'd just order two or three of those dishes `a la carte, and pair them with something else. Dealing with all those dishes on a crowded table, trying to sample them before they get cold (which to me made that omelet thing everyone else loved so much taste just nasty), all of that is too much of a chore for me to love it.

          1. re: Will Owen

            I'd like to try their 7course soon. I've only had it at pho 79 on valley/new... not sure if it's there anymore.

            1. re: eatdrinknbmerry

              Last I went a Few Months ago it's Now PHO 88. But they Remodeled the outside and there is no sign. So I Don't know if it's still there. I Hope so It's the ONLY place I've had Charbroiled Pork PHO....

        2. pho 79 (garfield in alhambra - yes on the goldenbrisket! add beef balls!) and GD are tops. i actually think vietnam house is slightly "not as good" or maybe it's just the mystique is lacking. saigon flavor on valley is also a GD affiliate, but... i'll stick to the original.

          1. Pho 79 is very tasty. Will Owen is a bit off the mark. The plastic plants were last dusted during the Clinton administration. :-)

            Superbowl Pho also has some good Pho. I'm not big fan of Pho Pasteur anymore. It just doesn't taste as good as it used to taste.

            Here is a list of some Vietnamese restaurants in the SGV: http://www.geocities.com/raytamsgv/vi...

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            1. re: raytamsgv

              lol talk about unbecoming names for restaurants! pho pasteur - ugh, i keep thinking of louis pasteur and petri dishes. superbowl just makes me crack up too much. perhaps not too coincidentally, i've yet to try either.

              1. re: rameniac

                I hear at Phở King, they say "Welcome to Phở King" when you come in the door... kind of funny.

                1. re: will47

                  LOL! That reminded me of a friend I had years ago who wanted to put something to the same effect on his license plate - but it would have been spelled faw king.

                  1. re: WildSwede

                    But phở isn't pronounced "faw"! Though I'm sure the DMV wouldn't allow you to have "fuh king" either.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      Yeah, but Will was making a joke as was I.

              2. re: raytamsgv

                Superbowl Pho (lower level of a minimall) is my personal fave. Pho 79 is next to my house, and I have tried it several times. I just think that the soup at Superbowl is a little clearer, a little bit fresher tasting and the service is usually good. Superbowl has a sister restaurant in Cerritos, but thankfully, the one in Alhambra is just a short car ride away.

              3. Im asian and picky about my pho so even tho' this restaurant is not in an asian area it tastes authentic! yay! Its called Pho Cafe (there is no sign) and its located in Silverlake on Sunset and Silverlake Blvd in a tiny strip mall w/minimal parking. Its way better than Gingergrass sweet Pho broth. But I will say that I like Gingergrass other dishes.

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                1. re: jannabanana

                  I've gone to Pho Cafe a couple of times and while it quells the pho craving, it doesn't exactly taste authentic. Saying it tastes authentic is like saying that instant ramen tastes like restaurant ramen. The soup just isn't as flavorful as GD's soup and the slices of beef that comes with it has no taste.

                  1. re: PandanExpress

                    I wholeheartedly agree, Pandan.

                2. That was my experience, I went twice when they first opened and it seemed like it had no taste. Maybe it's improved, I don't know... Have you been to Indochine in Atwater? How do you think theirs compares?

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                  1. re: Chowpatty

                    I like Indochine's pho better than Pho Cafe's, but it's still not on par to the places in SGV. Indochine's tofu spring rolls (the un-fried ones) aren't very good though, so I'd recommend against those.

                    1. re: PandanExpress

                      Agreed again, Pandan!

                      1. re: PandanExpress

                        Indochine's pho is good too

                      2. re: Chowpatty

                        I like indochine's pho too

                      3. While I often go to Saigon Flavor (it's closer), the best Pho in LA/OC is Quan Hop in Little Saigon (Brookhurst & McFadden). They use chopped filet mignon and are the closet to my favorite places in Saigon. I will be there on Saturday (for the Tet Festival)

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                        1. re: bsquared2

                          Ooh I wonder how it compares to Pho Thanh Lich and other pho places on Brookhurst.

                          *** adding one more restaurant to the wishlist ***

                          To satisfy my cravings in the mid-city without going to Van Nuys or San Gabriel (to say nothing about going to Little Saigon), I'll suck it up and go to Pho 4000 in Koreatown. But make no mistake, it pales in comparison, but it is nearby.