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Mar 16, 2007 12:38 PM

Vietnamese in South Florida

Ok - I've got a craving for pho. What's the best place around?

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  1. How far south in Florida are you? St. Petersburg's best pho is at Pho Quyen, on Park, a mile or so west of 34th Street N. They have other locations, I think, but I've only been to that one and it's amazing!

    1. what part of s Florida?

      1. Sorry...guess I should've been a bit more specific. I'm in Fort Lauderdale, so I'm looking for something down this way.

        1. Don't know about FTL but for Miami:

          Hy Vong (8th Street between 32nd and 37th Aves.)
          Miss Saigon (Coral Gables on Giralda and another location down south)

          There's also a hole-in-the-wall place on 163rd St. near I-95 which I don't recall the name of.

          1. Up in Broward, there are a few options available for Pho. Between Commercial Blvd. and Oakland Park Blvd. on 441 (State Rd. 7), there's a strip mall on the west side of the street with a Vietnamese market, restaurant, and various others. The restaurant is Saigon City and it serves up traditional fares including Pho. A block north of that strip plaza, next to a Jamaican music store, there is another Pho place called Pho Nam Do, which focuses more on Pho. Definitely a hole in the wall but the Pho there is good. I believe a bit north of this whole area is a Pho Hoa and a Saigon Deli but I haven't had time to search them out yet.

            If you're more south in Broward, you can consider going to Pho 79, located on the north side of Pines Blvd. (behind Outback Steakhouse), right before University Dr. They're menu is driven by Pho and it's not bad for a quick bite to eat. A little more West and South of there in Miami Lakes (right off of 826 on 67th Ave.), there's a little husband and wife owned restaurant called Green Papaya. I know the owners there and they are super friendly and warm. Pho isn't bad, but they fare better with their Bun Bo Hue (spicy beef noodles) and Porkchop and rice.

            In Miami, there are those options mentioned above. I don't think Little Saigon on 163rd is very good nor Miss Saigon Bistro. Hy Vong, however, I do like. The Chef there does do a modern twist on traditional Vietnamese dishes but she does a good job at it, so I can't complain (I'm Vietnamese so I'm allowed to be critical right? :o) ). The wait is forever long and the restaurant is very small but most of the dishes are quite good so it's worth the wait.

            There are a few others smattered across Palm Beach County and in Miami, but the ones I mentioned are probably the most accessible for you to try. Hope you enjoy the food!

            4 Replies
            1. re: santorinii

              santorinii, do you know if Saigon City is still open?

              1. re: Sobe

                Yep, they're still open. In the time since the santorinii ran down the list, Pho Nam Do has been renamed to Pho Binh and the menu is expanded. I haven't visited (other than to pick up a menu...) since it was renamed, and I don't know what else might have changed.

                Adding to the list in Tamarac is Phuong Nam, in the 6600 block of Commercial Blvd (actually, it faces 57th st, but you can reach it from Commercial...)

                Saigon Cuisine is further north at 1394 N. State Rd. 7 in Margate.

                Both of these seem to be popular with the expat crowd, and I'm told by a knowledgeable Vietnamese friend that Saigon Cuisine is among the best in town.

                1. re: Semprini

                  My Vietnamese friend went to Pho Binh (next to the Walgreen's on 441 one block north of Saigon City between Oakland Park and Commercial ) last week and said it was the real deal. He highly recommended it. I have not been yet but he is a very reliable source on this topic.

              2. re: santorinii

                I liked Green Papaya also. Plus the owners are very friendly.