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Jan 4, 2008 04:05 PM

Pho Hut - New Vietnamese in Glendale

I went to Pho Hut just a few days ago with a friend. It's on Brand in a strip of different ethnic restaurants.

I have to say I was *totally* impressed with this place.

The egg rolls were tasty, but nothing out of the ordinary for Vietnamese places.

The Pho Ga was spectacular though. It came with a half-breast of chicken chopped up in it in large slices (so there was no question that there was plenty of meat in it) and the broth was rich and flavorful.

My friend, who is Vietnamese, got a type of Pho with beef and tripe and meatballs, and she said that it was the best pho with tripe that she'd had since her grandmother passed.

I was a bit disappointed that they lacked a pork selection, but that's just because it's a personal favorite of mine, and it really isn't Pho anyway.

All that they do at this restaurant is Pho, to the exclusion of anything else, but they do it well.

We also got free soft drinks because they were offering it as a promotion. Not sure if that's still going on.

Anyway, I thought you all might like to know about this place! :)

312 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203

Pho Hut
312 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

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  1. Good to know, thanks! Is it near Famima?

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      It's a block north of Famima.

      I tried it a few weeks ago on a rainy night. I orderd a pho with sliced beef (two types of beef but no tripes), and thought it was just ok. The basil/mint leaves that came with the pho were much milder than the Thai basils that are normally served in SGV. I've also had better soup base in some of the places in SGV. I thought the egg rolls were pretty good though. I didn't think the pho I had was phenomenal but it's good enough for a cold and stormy night .

      1. re: fdb

        We love pho and went to check it out this rainy afternoon. We usually go to Pho 79 in SGV, and the selection/variations at Pho Hut are smaller. The menu is only 1 page, as opposed to the book at Pho 79. Only 2 of the meat bowls come without tripe or tendon, which really limits the selection, but my husband ordered the one pho with eye of round and brisket and asked that flank be added, and they seemed happy to do that. You know how some places are, no changes, no subs. They're a little more expensive than Pho 79 ($6.50/reg bowl), but we did feel that the broth was better and the meat was of higher quality.

        However, anyone going should know that this is a cash only place. Hence why we didn't try the egg rolls - I didn't realize it was cash only until we were inside, and we only had a $20. Still, I'd recommend it if you're in that part of the valley and looking for pho. Esp. if its cold, rainy, or you're hungover!

    2. I love Pho Hut. I go at least once a week, since i work so close.
      I usually have a bún bowl (not pho or soup based), called Bún Tôm Thit Nuong Cha Gio (vermicelli with shrimp, pork and even some egg rolls... all in one bowl).

      It's lovely.

      1. I love the Pho Hut! My co-wokers and I go at least once a week to eat the noodle soup. It just used to be two of us. But now there are at least five of us every week that go. I've had Pho noodles at other places, but I like this place the best. I would reccomend this place to anyone who asked. There is limited seating, maybe a 14 tables. But it's worth it if there is a wait.

        1. In response to the original reviewer. This place does more than just Pho. It has a selection of Vietnamese sandwiches as well as Vermicelli dishes. I wanted to make this clear, because i find it rare to find Vietnamese sandwiches in the area, to discount the establishment as only Pho is misleading. Perhaps its time to re-review?


          Pho Hut
          312 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

          3 Replies
          1. re: snoee

            "pho hut", not "vietnamese food" hut

            1. re: ns1

              Pho Hut sounds like a pretty uninspiring name. At least it isn't a bad pun (or is it?). Maybe Pho Hut 79 or Saigon Pho Hut would be better. Or maybe Pho and Banh Mi Hut Cali would be a good choice. I would vote for Pho and Banh Mi Hut So 1.

              Pho Hut
              312 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

              1. re: bsquared2

                Last I checked they had exactly two banh mi at extortionate prices.

                Most pho shops in SoCal also sell bun (vermicelli bowls), cha gio (spring rolls) and goi cuon (salad rolls). Doesn't stop them from calling themselves "Pho 54" "Pho 79" "Pho So 1", etc.

          2. Across the street form Porto's?

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            1. re: orythedog

              Yes. A door or two south of Hot Wings Cafe. I find their pho to be superior to that of Pho Citi in downtown Burbank.

              Pho Citi
              346 First Street, Burbank, CA

              1. re: attran99

                Pretty much any pho, including the powdered mix from 99 Ranch, is superior to Pho Citi.

                I've had Pho Hut. Their pho, while not earthshattering, is pretty good—and better than Pho 999 in North Hollywood.

                99 Ranch
                17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

                Pho Hut
                312 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

                Pho Citi
                346 First Street, Burbank, CA