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May 25, 2007 12:47 PM

Pho in Portland?

I've tried everywhere I was told to--none were as good as the place I go to in Spokane (on Hamliton). Where can you get legitimate Pho? That is, where can you get one with a true stock--no powder crap--where if you ask for "the bone," rather than get confused or homophobic squints, they'll bring you some short ribs or meaty neck bones or oxtails or whatever it is they have simmering all day in that pot.

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  1. What places have you tried? Have you seen the reviews that extramsg has done of pho places? Here are four of them:
    Pho Van, Pho Dalat, Pho Thien:
    Pho Oregon, Yen Ha, Mi Wa:
    Pho Hung, Bun Bo Hue, Pho Huy, Pho Vietnam:
    Chino Saigon, Jin Wah, My Canh, Thien Hong, Vien Huong:

    1. Do you mean xenophobic? Because I'm failing to see how your sexual preference has anything to do with whether or not you get pho like you're used to eating in Spokane.

      I've always enjoyed the stock used to make the pho at Pho Oregon, you might give them a try. The last time I was there however, some of my favorites had disappeared off the menu and the prices had gone up a couple bucks. I haven't eaten the pho there since this change. If you're feeling frustrated about your ability to communicate what you want with the waitperson, why not learn how to ask for it in Vietnamese? I'll bet that would get you farther along on your quest for "legitimate" pho.


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      1. re: trillium

        >> Do you mean xenophobic? Because I'm failing to see how your sexual preference has anything to do with whether or not you get pho like you're used to eating in Spokane.

        LOL! Whenever I ask for the "bone" at a pho place they think I'm coming on to them. Goofy.

        I still think Pho Oregon is the best in town. I just went to the newer one on 82nd the other day (which has a much bigger menu, which is why I go since they have things like bo la lot and nem cuon). My eating partner got the pho and proclaimed it his favorite (previous favorite for him was Pho Hung). A lot of people like Pho Hung's best, though. And if you like a more nuanced, subtle pho (not likely), I would suggest Pho Van. But go to the one on 82nd if you want all the meat options rather than just the pho tai they serve downtown.

        1. re: extramsg

          Is there going to be a PDX chowhound pho excursion? If there is one in late September, I am *so* going. Heck, I'll even organize it from across the country... Only thing though, extramsg, you gotta be there. I am really digging your posts even though they make me as homesick as hell.

          1. re: anhdeluxe

            Hounds on many different boards have organized dinners and other gatherings and they're always a lot of fun--plus the reports after are great chow tips!

            We have a couple of guidelines we ask organizers to follow in order to keep the focus of the boards on chow talk and not on RSVPs and other organizational details. The main guideline is that posts to the boards should be announcements (and followup reports!) only--all discussion, scheduling and RSVPing should happen off the boards.

            The way most people handle this is by posting an initial announcement to their local board with an email address for people to contact if they're interested in getting together for a Chowhound dinner. If you use the 'report' link on that announcement, you can ask us to sticky it to the top of the appropriate board so it doesn't fall off the front page.

            They then use email (some cities even have established Google or Yahoo groups or listservs, etc, for scheduling dinners) to discuss the specifics of where and when to meet. Once the group has decided on a concrete plan, you can post a second announcement to the boards, with the specific details, again, including an email address so people can RSVP offline. If you 'report' that one, we'll sticky it in place of the original thread.

            Then, once your dinner has happened, start a new thread so people can report back on what they ate and whether it was delicious so other hounds can benefit from your experiences.