Best Boston PHO
New to Boston and looking for some chowhound advice on where to find good in the downtown area.
Pho & I on Huntington & Mass Ave is quite yummy (I don't know if that qualifies as downtown, but...). I'll admit that I don't necessarily know what "authentic" pho is supposed to taste like, but I like what I've had there as much as Pho Pasteur/Le's. Another plus: the owner is really nice (so are the drunken noodles and the bun), and I like supporting a little neighborhood joint in an area that otherwise doesn't have much neighborhoodiness to it.
Having read some mediocre reviews for Pho Hoa (Chinatown) and Pho Pasteur (to be fair, some good reviews too, but consistency seemed lacking for bot of these), I was wondering if peoples opinions have changed. What about Pho Thien Thien, Pho 2000 or Xinh Xinh?
NB: Really just interested in thoughts on pho, not other Vietnamese dishes (though always happy to learn of that stuff, too).
(looking for recommendations for a friend)
The vast majority of Vietnamese in New England consider Pho Hoa on Dorchester Ave the best of all the pho places. Whenever they come in for the long weekend from Worcester, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, DC, San Jose, Santa Ana, and even half a world away Saigon, they WANT go to that particular Pho Hoa and nowhere else. I have eaten at most pho places in the area and find this the best and most authentic, although portion and service is very spotty. My credit card summary showed I spent $3000 on pho at this place during one year until my cholesterol went borderline high:(
Pho 2000 is good gives you a HUGE bowl of pho. They are very famous for their beef seven-course and that's where's the Vietnamese go there for.
Xinh Xinh is my favorite, with Pho Hoa a close second. If you ever find yourself in Allston, the pho at Pho Viet in the Super 88 is really good too. I have not had good experiences at any of the Pho Pasteur/Le's.
I had pho Pasteur (chinatown) and xinh xinh back to back lUnches.
I vastly preferred Pasteur; better meat, tendon, and noodles although broth is on the overly salty and oily side of thIngs. XX had better broth but other ingredients were lacking and portion size was ridiculously small; we had to order a size of extra meat and tendon.
Atmosphere art Pasteur somewhat more pleasant.