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Jan 9, 2010 06:32 AM

Need Pho - Detroit area

It's cold and snowy and I need a bowl of pho. Thinking of Thang Long...any better suggestions?

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  1. While not the absolute best I have had...I had a pretty darn good bowl at The Fly Trap in Fashionable Ferndale.

    1. Have not been to Thang Long, but I just went to Thuy Trang on John R, and it hit the spot. Cheap, too. Vietnamese-language specials board looked promising.

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      1. re: Jim M

        Ditto, Jim. I went there a month or so and really liked it.

        1. re: momskitchen

          Thang Long it was --really delicious. I had the classic pho with medium beef, son had the spicy vermicelli (Hue style) which was spicy, sweet-ish complex and I will order that next. Also the shrimp/pork rice rolls which are so refreshing. I still like their pho the best in the area since Annam closed. Thanks D-hounds for responses, I always trust your judgements.

          1. re: berkleybabe

            Finally stopped here today. Lunch started with the Spicy Hue Beef Noodle Soup. Trancendent. Truly remarkable. My main course was XAO BONG CAI XANH (Xao Broccoli with ((tail on)) Shrimp). A complex and pleasant stir fry entree.

            Service was engaging and helpful. Dining room was clean, open and airy.

            Now I've just got to find more reasons to travel the 14 miles from the eastside to MH.

            1. re: RedTop

              I have been looking for a place to hit up...road trip tomorrow!

              1. re: JanPrimus

                Viet foods on March 17th?

                I didn't see a Hue - style Corned Beef on the menu, Jan ;>)

                1. re: RedTop

                  Short lines!

                  I also have some Mudgie's Roasted Corned Beef on the schedule and some Lazybones Smoked Corned Beed too.


                  Per Lazybones Email.....
                  Mark your Calendars ... St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) we will be offering our special Smoked Corn Beef!

        2. Another place that is not bad is Little Saigon it is across from Produce Palace on Dequindre just north of 12 mile. A very large menu and the cane sugar drink is really good.

          Also in the Lakeside area Bangkok Pavilion a good Thai place serves Pho it is not on the menu but they will make it to order.

          1. IMHO, the two best pho places are both on Dequindre. One's at 13 in the southwest corner (Pho hang). the other one is at 12. Northwest corner (don't remember the name). better broths and meats.

            If you like the Hue bowl, try it at Thuy Trang (Bun Bo Hue). Its a dish from central Vietnam. super spicy and hearty. Be sure to add the chili-steeped oil into the broth. yummmy.


            1. A new vietnamese place opened up in Clawson not too long ago. Its called Da Nang. My friend and I ate there in December. Chicken Curry was very good as were the vegetarian spring rolls. The food seemed pretty authentic. The decor was a little strange though; it looked like a livingroom that was filled with tables and decorated for christmas (tree and all).

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              1. re: interplanetjanet

                I ate there once and wasn't repelled, but wasn't blown away, either. I noticed another diner at an adjacent table had ordered the pho, and I asked him what he thought of it. His response?

                "I wouldn't order it again."

                I haven't been back.

                1. re: interplanetjanet

                  my wife and i tried da nang late on new years day - pho on a cold day after a bunch of beer the night before sounded good.

                  we split the basic pho with chicken, spring rolls, pot stickers, and hot tea. i though the pho was decent. spring rolls were nothing to write home about. pot stickers were just ok. will likely try it again - likely because the food at black lotus (one of our hangouts for beer) is only mediocre.