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Great Pho Day! Your Favorite?

crt Dec 1, 2007 01:17 PM

Partly cloudy cold and blustery. It's a great day for steamy hot bowl of Pho. I'm going to my favorite restaurant for Pho, Pho Nam Dinh in Garden Grove after the USC UCLA game! Your favorite for Pho?


  1. carln Dec 5, 2007 02:53 PM

    Pho Hoa...downtown LA. I think they have the best broth of any of the non-westminster places.

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      SoCal Foodie Dec 5, 2007 10:41 AM

      Vietnam Restaurant in San Gabriel. The pho broth is so delicious and the egg rolls are to die for too!!!

      1. m
        mbh65 Dec 5, 2007 09:29 AM

        Saigon Pho on Imperial Hwy. in La Mirada is pretty good. The other stuff on the menu is also good.

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          bagdoodle Dec 5, 2007 04:36 AM

          Pho Ha, in Pomona or Rancho Cucamonga

          1. notmartha Dec 4, 2007 07:22 PM

            I don't drive far for Pho, so my local fav is Pho 2007 in Rowland Heights. A typical hole in the wall in a converted Taco Bell location. Rated C in the Health Department but doesn't seem to scare any one off. They have the best meltingly tender jello-like tendons.

            I thought you mean the favorite combo when I read the original question. That would be #1 (everything), no cilantro.

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              flowerofhighrank Dec 4, 2007 01:25 PM

              The last three phos I've had in Alhambra have been incredibly bad: lots of gristle, weak broth, skimpy vegetables. I do like Pho 79; they have never let me down.

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              1. re: flowerofhighrank
                wilafur Dec 4, 2007 02:30 PM

                it would be helpful if you listed the names of the places that let you down in alhambra.

              2. jonahlee Dec 4, 2007 01:02 PM

                I like Noodle City on Valley in San Gabriel. Just wish it was closer to Hollywood.

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                1. re: jonahlee
                  jonahlee Dec 5, 2007 11:13 AM

                  I love the tai at noodle city though it is not on the side. And they have an A. Not only that but the service is lightning fast, though you do sometimes have to wait for a table.

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                  Chandavkl Dec 3, 2007 10:29 PM

                  Ly Thuong Kiet on Garvey in Monterey Park.

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                    bsquared2 Dec 3, 2007 09:21 PM

                    Quan Hop. Good soup and high quality beef. It is on Brookhurst and McFadden.

                    Why just Pho? How about some Bun Bo Hue? Quan Hop also has pretty good Bun Bo Hue. BBH will knock your socks off on a cold day.

                    1. raytamsgv Dec 3, 2007 04:09 PM

                      Pho Superbowl (Alhambra).

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                      1. re: raytamsgv
                        SumYungGai Dec 3, 2007 06:50 PM

                        I like Pho Super Bowl on Main Street, too. I usually get my super bowl pho with a Thai tea. Service is quick.

                        I also like Vietnam House, which is about 1 block east of Pho Super Bowl on the same side of Main Street/Las Tunas Dr.

                        Vietnam House
                        710 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

                        Pho Super Bowl
                        1300 E Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

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                        Derf Dec 3, 2007 02:04 PM

                        Pho 4000 in Los Angeles. Best Chicken pho.

                        1. SauceSupreme Dec 3, 2007 02:00 PM

                          In SGV, Pho 79 (Alhambra)
                          In SFV, Pho So 1 (Reseda)
                          In Little Saigon, Pho Thanh Lich.

                          Of all of them, I like Pho Thanh Lich the best, but like a lot of LA arguments, the difference in quality between PTL and P79 isn't worth the difference in distance.

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                          1. re: SauceSupreme
                            ns1 Dec 3, 2007 03:56 PM

                            which one is thanh lich?

                            1. re: ns1
                              SauceSupreme Dec 3, 2007 09:44 PM

                              It's on the SW corner of Brookhurst and Hazard. Same shopping center as Pagolac, if I recall correctly. But they're most well-known for using filet mignon in their pho tai and dac biet and other preparations calling for beef. Being the oddball that I am, I also like their pho ga (chicken).

                              In terms of which I would go to right this moment, it would still have to be Pho 79 in Alhambra, because I'm figuring distance from Hollywood into the equation. Once upon a time, though, my commute from Irvine back to Hollywood would include a nightly stop in Little Saigon.

                              Pho Thanh Lich
                              14500 Brookhurst St, Westminster, CA 92683

                              1. re: SauceSupreme
                                ns1 Dec 4, 2007 08:23 AM

                                pagolac? you mean the same plaza as stater brothers?

                                1. re: ns1
                                  kingkong5 Dec 4, 2007 02:15 PM

                                  Yes, same plaza as Stater Brothers, but it is out by the corner, right under the traffic light.

                                  Pho Thanh Lich is also my favorite, order the "tai" raw beef on the side and upgrade it to filet mignon for a few cents more, then put it into the hot soup yourself to cook it. It's delicious and yummy.

                                  1. re: kingkong5
                                    ns1 Dec 4, 2007 04:16 PM

                                    WAIT (if you're old enough...), you mean the former pizza hut?!?!?!

                                    I never thought to eat pho there.

                                    1. re: ns1
                                      justagthing Dec 4, 2007 04:56 PM

                                      that would be the place, they also have a location in long beach on anaheim

                                      1. re: justagthing
                                        SauceSupreme Dec 4, 2007 10:16 PM

                                        I knew they had a location in long beach, but I didn't know about anaheim. Either way, what's the associated Thanh Lich location in the LBC? It might not be much, but I'll try and avoid heading into residual Crush traffic if I can at all do it.

                                        1. re: SauceSupreme
                                          justagthing Dec 4, 2007 10:36 PM

                                          It is on Anaheim St. Use to be Pho 54, but changed a bit ago to Tranh Lich. It is just west of Alamitos on the South side of the street.

                                          1036 E Anaheim St
                                          Long Beach, CA, 90813

                                          Pho Thanh Lich
                                          1036 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90813

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                            rameniac Dec 3, 2007 11:28 AM

                            golden deli and pho 79 (alhambra)...

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                            1. re: rameniac
                              crystaw Dec 5, 2007 08:44 AM

                              Golden Deli is my favorite place for pho too. If I don't feel like driving over there and waiting in line I end up at Vietnam Kitchen in Arcadia. Not the best pho-but convenient

                            2. WildSwede Dec 3, 2007 11:11 AM

                              Pho 79, Alhambra.

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                              1. re: WildSwede
                                bubbles4me Dec 3, 2007 11:13 AM

                                Benley in Long Beach

                              2. Das Ubergeek Dec 1, 2007 03:40 PM

                                Pho Thanh Lich, no question.

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                                1. re: Das Ubergeek
                                  Youndo Dec 3, 2007 04:23 PM

                                  I'll second that.

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