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PappyAustin Dec 7, 2009 01:55 PM

near my office at 183 and Oak Knoll. Since Tea House closed, not sure where to go that would be within a 10 minute drive.

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    mkfoodie RE: PappyAustin Dec 7, 2009 02:19 PM

    i think Tan My on Ohlen would be about 10 minutes [though at the limit]. one of my favorites. Really flavorful broth.


    Tan My Restaurant
    1601 Ohlen Rd, Austin, TX 78758

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      jwynne2000 RE: PappyAustin Dec 8, 2009 03:37 AM

      There's a place in the Riata - Ming's Cafe, I think - that serves pho and other vietnamese basics. I don't recall it being memorably outstanding, but decent, and very near where you work.

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        beercoop RE: PappyAustin Dec 8, 2009 06:25 AM

        Have you tried Saigang? It's in the same strip center as BB Rovers and Dimassi's. Not outstanding, but very close to you.

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          ericthered RE: beercoop Jan 3, 2012 08:26 AM

          I do not recommend this place. Bad to surley service, mediocer food (quite stingy with the chicken in the Pho Ga)

        2. TroyTempest RE: PappyAustin Dec 8, 2009 08:05 AM

          Can't remember the name of the place, but there is a place on Burnet just south of Braker, same strip center as Andiamo, pretty good.
          Also, its not pho, but just as good on a cold day, the beef noodle soup at Chen's noodle House, just up the road at 183 & spicewood

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            rudeboy RE: TroyTempest Dec 8, 2009 09:20 AM

            I liked Sagiang when I went, but I didn't have pho.
            My favorite pho is Pho Cong Li, which is next to Din Ho.
            Pho Huang at Rutland and Burnet
            Kim Phung north, but that may be too far.

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              agoodbite RE: rudeboy Dec 8, 2009 10:06 AM

              If I recall correctly, the pho joint next to Din Ho is Pho Van. Maybe it used to be Pho Cong Li? Regardless of the establishment's name, it's my favorite. It's also a jaunt down 183 from Oak Knoll, but doable for lunch.

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                Homero RE: agoodbite Dec 8, 2009 10:27 AM

                Pho Van is my staple for pho, because although I prefer Sunflower's pho more, Sunflower's pho is too rich to eat frequently. Pho Van's is lighter, and so I save Sunflower for when I want a real treat.

                Tan My is also very good, although I prefer the mi (egg noodle in chicken broth) over the pho.

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                  rudeboy RE: agoodbite Dec 8, 2009 12:31 PM

                  Oh, you are right. Pho Van is correct......and since it is right on the freeway, I think that it would be an easy 10 min commute.

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              cibodivino RE: PappyAustin Dec 8, 2009 10:54 AM

              Not sure if you can get there in 10 mins but, imo, Pho Hoang at Rutland/Burnet is hands down the best in Austin.

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                lixlix RE: PappyAustin Dec 10, 2009 11:12 AM

                The best Pho in Austin is still at Pho Saigon in the Chinatown complex though it maybe a bit far for you.

                The bowls are big, the meat is very plentiful, and the herbs are fresh with plenty of sprouts and lime. Most importantly the broth is rich, flavorful, yet clear, a key to good Pho.

                Don't be put off by the large industrial setting. There is a reason they are so busy during lunch with a mostly asian clientelle.

                Sharing 2nd place would be Pho Van near din ho , Thanh Nhi, and Pho Hoang on Burnet.

                Not a fan of Saigiang. Very small bowls with not a lot of ingredients that cost more than other places and a broth that is very watery. Their charcoal beef is good though.

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                  rudeboy RE: lixlix Dec 10, 2009 08:29 PM

                  I guess I need to try Pho Saigon once more. I was really excited to get the Bo Bun Hue - got it and was underwhelmed by the broth. Maybe I'll try something different, or maybe it was just that particular batch of broth, or maybe the broths that they use for some of the other dishes are different. I'll go again soon.....

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                    gilintx RE: rudeboy Dec 11, 2009 06:59 AM

                    That sounds similar to my experience, too, Rudeboy. The broth was definitely very beefy, but not quite as fragrant as I would have liked. Maybe I'll try it again.

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                      lixlix RE: rudeboy Dec 11, 2009 07:50 AM

                      Their Bun Bo Hue is not that good. But I like their Pho and their #73 soup

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                      budgethound RE: lixlix Dec 15, 2009 09:32 AM


                      Have you tried Pho Danh on Braker (at Lamar)? Some say it's the best in town.
                      I'm a little worn out on pho, so I probably won't try it myself.
                      I find the bun at Pho Saigon much better than at Pho Danh.

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                        lixlix RE: budgethound Dec 15, 2009 10:21 AM

                        I have tried Pho Danh. I am not surprised you found the bun at Pho Saigon much better because when Pho Danh first opened, they only had pho and only later added bun.

                        Pho Danh is good. I think quality wise they are about the same as Pho Saigon in my mind, maybe with Pho Danh having slightly clearer stock (clearer stock preferable).

                        That said, I find Pho Danh to have smaller bowls at similar price points so I tend to still go to Pho Saigon.

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