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morkpotpie May 2, 2008 07:45 AM

can someone suggest a good place for pho- other than the usual suspects in china town

  1. applehome May 2, 2008 08:46 AM

    Get in your car and take a drive out Rt 3 to Lowell.

    My favorite is the home-made version at Phien's Kitchen. Other good versions at either Da-Lat (one on Middlesex and one on Chelmsford), or Pho 88.

    At Phien's get some of their home made sausage or larb or tongue - all wonderful dishes.

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    1. re: applehome
      galangatron May 2, 2008 09:42 AM

      the homemade sausage at phien's kitchen is incredible

      try pho 2000 (dorchester), pho so 1 (dorchester), pho yuen dong (quincy), and pho viet (allston) for pho and other good vietnamese dishes

      1. re: galangatron
        MrsCheese May 2, 2008 04:51 PM

        Second the Pho Viet in the Super 88, Allston. Just had the pho the other day and it was great.

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      grandcru May 2, 2008 11:26 AM

      definitely Pho 2000 in Dot.

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        jylze Apr 10, 2009 09:04 AM


      2. SpicyTea May 2, 2008 07:37 PM

        For Dorchester, I rank them as Pho So 1, Pho 2000, and good old Pho Hoa, in either Dot or Quincy (on Hancock).

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          arthursgirl May 3, 2008 09:50 AM

          i always suggest pho hoa- never fails

          1. teaTomE May 3, 2008 08:54 PM

            I'm a pho-natic

            Outside of Chinatown I'd rank the ones I've had worth mentioning as..
            1. Pho Hoa (Dorchester) - they serve them REALLY hot, which means no sad cold soup ending
            2. Pho 2000 (Dorchester)
            3. Le's (Harvard Sq) - it's a shame it's in a semi-mall, it's really quite good
            4. Pho So 1 (Dorchester)

            Pho Viet in the Super 88 would probably break into the top three if they provided proper spoons and not the sharp plastic throwaway ones. They really ruin good pho eating, which is all about the temperature. It's ludicrous that they haven't got real spoons considering they're happy to give you lovely ceramic bowls.

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              Kenji May 4, 2008 10:48 AM

              I've had good pho (and other Vietnamese dishes) at Pho So 1 in Randolph, and at Pho Yuen Dong in Quincy, next to the Kam Man Asian market.

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                joebloe Apr 9, 2009 11:52 PM

                I am addicted to pho and one year spent +$3000 (not typo) on pho but had to stop due to doctor's advice. I'd rank the place exactly as teaTomE...

                1. Pho Hoa (Dorchester) - top choice by far among VNmese locals and visitors.
                2. Pho 2000 (Dorchester) - humongous bowl
                3. Le's
                4. Pho So 1 (Dorchester)

                I have heard good thing about Pho Yuen Dong but avoid that way due to the constant traffic. The worst ever bowl pho I've ever had in life is Anh Hong; I tried and tried and then said "what the pho**" and walked out.

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                1. re: joebloe
                  Bob Dobalina Apr 10, 2009 07:14 AM

                  Wow, Joe - what was the doctor's advice all about?

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                    galleygirl Apr 10, 2009 07:17 AM

                    Hmm, I thought pho was healthy, but too much salt?

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                  bluesjack Apr 10, 2009 04:50 AM

                  Any Pho recomendations in the Lynn Area?

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                  1. re: bluesjack
                    galangatron Apr 10, 2009 07:05 AM

                    pho lynn on munroe street and pho minh ky on union street

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                    madscientist Apr 10, 2009 08:08 AM

                    There's a new pho place in somerville (pho n' rice) that I haven't been able to get to yet, but it seems to have some good reviews: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/590627

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                      Guinness02122 Apr 10, 2009 11:21 AM

                      Anh Hong in Fields Corner

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                        joebloe Apr 10, 2009 07:20 PM

                        The worst ever bowl pho I've ever had in life is from Anh Hong in Fields Corner; I tried and tried and then said "what the pho**" and walked out. Everything else there is very good.

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                          Guinness02122 Apr 13, 2009 03:48 PM

                          Sorry you feel that way, blow. I was polite enough to stay. I thought what I had was fine.

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                            cubbie Apr 13, 2009 04:59 PM

                            I found Anh Hong to be overly salty once, but the other times have been wonderful. Rich broth, lots of good fresh mix ins, and a nice taro blended smoothie.

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                              Guinness02122 Apr 14, 2009 11:32 AM

                              I like them all. The new one just down the street from Anh Hong seems to be a little pricier. I like all the shakes I've had except the avocado. It had an onion-y after taste. Taro and jack fruit are great.

                        2. SaraASR Apr 12, 2009 07:40 PM

                          I used this thread tonight for Pho advice. Thanks everyone. For the first time, I ventured to Dorchester for Pho. I went to Pho Hoa, which I was a little hesitant with at first since it's a chain, and I wasn't too impressed with Pho Hoa 2 in Chinatown on Thursday. However, the Dorchester location was SO much better. The both was incredibly flavorful, piping hot, veggies, tofu, and noodles were perfect, service was excellent. Oh, and they make a great red bean bubble tea.

                          Thanks everyone for the tips. Pho 2000 is next!

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                          1. re: SaraASR
                            joebloe Apr 13, 2009 03:00 AM

                            You may wanna try the 'beef-seven-course' at Pho 2000 instead; which they are extremely famous for since 1996.

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                              jylze May 1, 2009 10:16 AM

                              cosign! (as i feel like i do every time 7 course beef comes up. )after the first time, settle on your favorite 3 or 4 dishes and replace various courses with the ones you like better.

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