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MetroWest Vietnamese Recommendations ?

pondrat Nov 25, 2008 01:03 PM

Other than Saigon in Millis are there any other Vietnamese hidden gems near Framingham.

I'd prefer to stay away from the morphed Japanese/Asian/Korean restaurants that have become popular.

  1. trufflehound Nov 25, 2008 02:18 PM

    Sadly, there are none. Boston and Worcester are the closest.

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    1. re: trufflehound
      pondrat Nov 25, 2008 02:49 PM

      Hmmm..Guess that makes Millis the closest....any experience there ?

      1. re: pondrat
        galleygirl Nov 25, 2008 03:09 PM

        Millis looks so far, might as well go to Brighton.....

        1. re: galleygirl
          winedude Nov 25, 2008 03:36 PM

          Is Pho Le (formerly Pho Pasteur) still in the Atrium in Chestnut Hill? That's a bit closer than Brighton.

          1. re: winedude
            galleygirl Nov 25, 2008 03:56 PM

            Yeah,but not as good.....

        2. re: pondrat
          AHan Nov 26, 2008 07:09 AM

          Pros: BYOB and plenty of free parking
          Cons: The food really isn't very good.

          1. re: pondrat
            jdoc Nov 26, 2008 09:22 AM

            I live out that way, and I've been to Saigon a couple of times over the years. I think the food is OK - can be a little greasy, btu pretty fresh. prices are reasonable but have crept up.

            One thing to be aware of - their hours can be unpredictable, and they are closed Sunday and monday.

            1. re: jdoc
              AHan Nov 26, 2008 09:27 AM

              I live there too, and have been probably 3 times in the last 2 years. Fresh is fine, but isn't what I base quality on--I EXPECT fresh. Saigon's problem is a basic blandness--nothing has a bold flavor, and it doesn't rise to the level where delicate flavor is a positive. Nice people, I wish them well, but it just doesn't cut it for me.

              1. re: AHan
                pondrat Nov 26, 2008 11:36 AM

                Is it just me or is it amazing that there's no other Vietnamese restaurant between Chestnut Hill and Worcester other than Saigon in Millis (of all places) ? I have to believe there's a market for another place around here for an entrepreneurial Vietnamese chef.

                1. re: pondrat
                  winedude Nov 26, 2008 11:57 AM

                  The most authentic Viethamese I've found in the 'burbs is Pho So 1, in downtown Randolph, of all places. It's a branch of the one in Dorchester, and has great Pho. Better than driving to Millis!

                  1. re: winedude
                    galleygirl Nov 26, 2008 03:21 PM

                    Actually, Brighton and Boston are closer to Framingham than Randolph......

                    1. re: galleygirl
                      winedude Nov 27, 2008 07:19 AM

                      True (Randoph isn't close to anywhere), but I like to combine it with a Costco run (great, and great priced, wine selection in Avon), or a trip to IKEA in Stoughton.

                      1. re: galleygirl
                        robertlf Nov 30, 2008 05:10 PM

                        If one were to travel for southeast asian cuisine, the greater Lowell area is the place to go. Pho 88, Pho Da Lat, Southeast Asian, and many others.

          2. Eatin in Woostah Nov 28, 2008 02:04 PM

            It is worth the extra 20 minutes to get out to Worcester! My favorite there is Da Lat on Park Ave. Many like Bamboo on Main. Also good is Anh Thu also on Park. We have driven from Lexington to get back to Da Lat. It's that good.

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            1. re: Eatin in Woostah
              bigboy Nov 30, 2008 04:09 PM

              Anh Thu on Park Ave in Worcester is my favorite in Worcester. Our favorite near Boston is Pho Hoa in Quincy.

              Bamboo on Main St, Worcester has been closed for a while but I heard that someone related to Pho 2000 bought it and will reopen at that location.

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