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first time Pho

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. For the record, Pho is Vietnamese, not Korean.

    1. 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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      1. re: Prav

        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. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: bakerboyz

            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.

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              My sister loves their vegetarian Pho at Pho #1.

              1. re: smtucker

                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.

                1. re: tweetie

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

                    1. re: yumyum

                      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.

                      1. re: tweetie

                        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. :)

                        1. re: Prav

                          Prav,

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

                          1. re: foodiefromfl

                            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.

                            1. re: foodiefromfl

                              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.

                            2. re: Prav

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

                              1. re: foodiefromfl

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

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