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Mar 24, 2010 04:53 PM

Pho - Near Central/Camelback, Phoenix

I will be in town, staying near Central/Camelback, for a Dodger's Spring Training game this weekend. Would you please recommend a good place to get Pho on Friday for a late lunch in the area? I have searched, but the most recent posts are about 6 months old and I don't want to drive somewhere that may have gone downhill or closed since then. Also, anything else in the area you think of as a "must" would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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  1. Da Vang on 19th Ave about 1/2 mile south of Camelback at Hazelwood is hands down, my favorite pho place in Phoenix.
    The place that used to be Pho Bang has reopened and I think it's quite a bit better than what it used to be. I think it's called Pho Trahn and it's on the NW corner of Camelback and 17th Ave. I went there a couple of weeks ago with my neighbor and found the pho to be pretty good.

    1. Although, the restaurant doesn't look like much from the outside (frankly, it doesn't look like much from the inside either), the pho I had at Maxim was quite good. The broth was flavorful and very full-bodied broth. It might sound weird, but one thing that really impressed me was how the leftover broth set up like Jell-O, after being in the fridge overnight.

      Maxim Restaurant
      3424 N 19th Ave # 8, Phoenix, AZ

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      1. re: hohokam

        I'll second Maxim. It's a true hole in the wall (with actual holes in the wall), but the pho is great, and the selection is huge.

      2. The posts above touch upon all three restaurants that I would recommend. One clarification: The successor to Pho Bang is Pho Thanh. I agree with the favorable assessment.

        Also, thanks for such a specific inquiry. It's such a pleasant alternative to the endless and vague "best restaurants in Scottsdale" questions that appear this time of year.

        Davang Coffee Shop
        4538 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015

        1. Da Vang. Good pho. You won't be disappointed.

          1. Swede,

            Don't expect anything like you'd get in Westminster, Garden Grove or the SGV, but Maxim is pretty decent by Phoenix standards.

            Go Blue!