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first time Pho

tweetie Mar 4, 2009 05:46 AM

Heading out for our first experience of Korean food this weekend. Supervising and assisting us are friends who are familiar with the cuisine and enjoy the place in Medford Sq. and the one in Billerica (please forgive my ignorance with names!) and who particularly enjoy pho. They're open to trying a new place. We're in metro west. Any recommendations? Thanks.

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  1. Bob Dobalina RE: tweetie Mar 4, 2009 05:54 AM

    For the record, Pho is Vietnamese, not Korean.

    1. Prav RE: tweetie Mar 4, 2009 05:54 AM

      I'm confused about the connection with Korean food. There is pho (Pho Le I believe, it's just fine, nothing special) in the Atrium Mall in Chestnut Hill on Route 9.

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        tweetie RE: Prav Mar 4, 2009 07:37 AM

        Obviously my ignorance reaches beyond restaurant names! Aforementioned friends always speak of enjoying pho when they go out for "Korean food". Maybe Asian fusion at the places they visit? I stand corrected and the question still stands-- where do you recommend?

      2. MC Slim JB RE: tweetie Mar 4, 2009 08:01 AM

        I'm not aware of either a Korean or a Vietnamese restaurant in Billerica. It does have a superb Sichuan place (Sichuan Gourmet) and a terrific Indian restaurant (The Pongol). Lowell has many fine Vietnamese places and at least one Korean restaurant (Hee Bin). Burlington has New Jang Su, a very good Korean place.

        My favorite pho is at Xinh Xinh in Chinatown. The new Pho Basil over by the Berklee School is a place with both Thai and Vietnamese dishes that I think does a very creditable pho.

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          bakerboyz RE: tweetie Mar 4, 2009 08:30 AM

          I am not familiar with any restaurants (Vietnamese) that serve pho in metrowest. I have had delicious pho in Randolph at Pho So 1, which is a sister restaurant by a similar name in Dorchester. Closer to your friends in Billerica, I believe that there is a diner turned into a very good vietnamese/thai restaurant on Main Street in Woburn. Most of the restaurants that serve delicious pho are in Dorchester, Chinatown and Allston.

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            MC Slim JB RE: bakerboyz Mar 4, 2009 08:37 AM

            The place in North Woburn is Pho #1, and has pretty decent if not crazy-good pho. I think the beef is better than the chicken.

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              smtucker RE: MC Slim JB Mar 4, 2009 10:15 AM

              My sister loves their vegetarian Pho at Pho #1.

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                tweetie RE: smtucker Mar 4, 2009 11:05 AM

                My mistake again! It's New Jang Su in Burlington, not Billerica. Going to go stand in the corner now.

                As for the Thai diner in Woburn, we went there on Sunday to check it out but it's closed on Sunday.

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                  Prav RE: tweetie Mar 4, 2009 11:08 AM

                  Haha, no worries. I hope you have a good Pho experience! It's addictive stuff, especially in this winter season.

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                    yumyum RE: Prav Mar 4, 2009 11:09 AM

                    Pho sho!

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                      tweetie RE: yumyum Mar 4, 2009 01:31 PM

                      Let's throw the door wide open and just take names of your favorite place for pho, regardless of location, as long as it's in MA! I'm in the mood for an adventure.

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                        Prav RE: tweetie Mar 4, 2009 03:14 PM

                        I love the Pho places that dot Columbia road in Fields Corner section of Dorchester. Sadly, I rarely find myself in that area. I've been really enamored of the brand new Pho place in Somerville/Cambridge, on Beacon Street, next to the Star Market / Petsie Pie. It's called "Pho & Rice" - there are many recent reviews of it here.

                        I'm actually on my way there in an hour. :)

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                          foodiefromfl RE: Prav Mar 4, 2009 04:32 PM


                          I thought Le's in the very, very good. Do you have better suggestions? Thanks!

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                            y2000k RE: foodiefromfl Mar 5, 2009 07:47 AM

                            We ate at the Allston Le's/Pho Pasteur last weekend. Underwhelmed. The pho broth is not strong/flavorful enough, compared to Xinh Xinh, for example. In fact, I felt the broth was very weak, and I had to add plenty of the sweet brown sauce to give the broth some flavor.

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                              jylze RE: foodiefromfl Mar 5, 2009 10:48 AM

                              le's in allston is good for stuff that is not pho basically. their broth is inconsistent, it's either weak or too sweet and that's the most important part! but i do think their porkchop is good.

                              i feel like i always say this, but nothing is better for pho than fields corner. personal favorite: pho 2000. i swear i don't work for them.

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                              foodiefromfl RE: Prav Mar 4, 2009 04:35 PM

                              Never mind. I got excited and didn't read your whole post. Gonna have to try Pho & Rice. Thanks again

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                                justbeingpolite RE: foodiefromfl Mar 5, 2009 05:13 AM

                                Big fan of the pho at Pho 88 in Chelmsford/Lowell. The Drum Hill exit (32) off of Rt 3.

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