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Dec 3, 2008 10:48 PM

MKE: Pho in Milwaukee

I just moved back to the Milwaukee area after four years in DC and three years in San Jose before that. I have been a pho addict for a while and have found myself a little worried after a google search for pho here in Milwaukee. From my online searches I've come across three places that offer pho in the Milwaukee area.

On Yelp they have Noodle House which is a pan-Asian or thai place and frankly I don't trust them to make good pho. If I am wrong, please correct me, but while I love Thai food, I don't expect a Thai/pan-Asian place to make Vietnamese pho.

Next on Yelp is Phan's Garden Restaurant; this place looks quite a bit more promising. I am looking forward to trying it out.

From Google I found Pho Hai Binh Vietnamese Restaurant. They're not on Yelp, but they look like the most authentic place of the three I've found so far, so I think I'll try them first.

Please let me know what you think of these places; and if you know of any others, I would greatly appreciate your advice. I am really hoping to find a place or places that offer all of the traditional meats: from the regular slices of eye round steak, well-done lean brisket, well-done flank, fatty brisket and skirt flank, to the soft tendon and the beef tripe.

Thank you,

p.s. I know that there is a large Hmong population in parts of Wisconsin and if there are any restaurants you know about specializing in Hmong cuisine, I would love to hear about those as well.

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  1. I just found another one:
    Pho VN Restaurant at 7506 W Appleton Ave, near 76th and Capitol.

    The locations for the other ones are:
    Noodle House
    3433 W National Ave

    Phan's Garden Restaurant
    1923 W National Ave

    Pho Hai Binh
    3881 S 27th St

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    1. re: jrsmoltz

      Sad to say, I dont think that the one on Appleton is there anymore. I believe that it was most recently a Jamaican restaurant, and I'm not absolutely sure that that one is still open. But it's close to home; I'll drive by and will post if I am somehow wrong about that.

    2. Phan's Garden is awesome - I was searching for a Thai or Vietnamese place after moving from Seattle a few years ago... Phan's fit the bill. I understand there's a great place at 60th & North called Mekong Cafe (fairly recent writeup in the Journal Sentinel giving it a good review), but I haven't had a chance to try it. It's not solely Vietnamese - they also have Lao/Thai items, but you'll find few places around here that specialize purely in one region. I also tried Tu Trinh (27th & Lincoln) when I first moved here, but they had an "issue" with the health department... not sure if they cleaned up their act/haven't been back.

      EE Sane is a great place on the East Side (Prospect Ave, I think) for Thai... small storefront near Zaffiro's, a great Ethiopian place... and The Comet. You must go. Have fun!

      1. Pho Hai Binh has the best pho that I"ve tasted in MKE. However, there was a recent article about sanitation issues.
        I'm not sure if it will stop me from going.

        1. Dont know if you ever made is but Phans Garden is the best pho in the city.... I wouldnt even bother looking around. Its next door to the Lao temple and even the budahs eat there i call that no contest haha

          1. Across the street from the Noodle House on National is Ventiane Palace, a humble Hmong/Lao place with fantastic pho. If you're there, don't pass up the house-made beef jerky and an avocado shake.