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Best Pho in St. Louis?

It appears my beloved Mama Pho restaurant is closed. I am not 100% but there is a for lease sign on the window but also a not saying they are on vacation. Mama Pho hands down has the best Pho is St. Louis. In it absence I went to Pho Grand but found it to be not a suitable substitute. I have also tried Mai Lee, Pho Long, and Lemon Grass. None are as good. What do you guys like? Has anyone tried Truc Lam or Mekong's Pho? Does anyone know the people at Mama Pho to confirm or could somehow relay to them that I would do ANYTHING to get the recipe or have them teach me how to make it? Please help! I am distraught!

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Pho Long Restaurant
8613 Olive Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63132

Truc Lam Restaurant
3737 Gravois Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63116

Lemon Grass
3161 S Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63118

Mai Lee
Musick Memorial Dr, St Louis, MO 63144

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  1. Darn! I thought they were on vacation!

    My favorite Bhan Mi! I hope they are not closed!

    FOTD

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    1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

      I pray that they are on vacation. I absolutely love that place!

    2. Mai Lee

      Musick Memorial Dr, St Louis, MO 63144

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      Mai Lee
      Musick Memorial Dr, St Louis, MO 63144

      Mai Lee
      Musick Memorial Dr, St Louis, MO 63144

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      1. re: rich in stl

        I didn't find Mai Lee to be that great... The people there are very nice though.

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        Mai Lee
        Musick Memorial Dr, St Louis, MO 63144

        1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

          I drove by last night and its still closed. I wish I could get in touch with the guy who writes gutcheck for RFT. He is pretty good at finding out if things are closed.

            1. re: wekick

              WhhhhhhhhhhhAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        2. I went to Truc Lam last night and had Pho Tai and it exceeded my expectations. I think I like it more than Mama Pho. The bowl of Pho was huge with tons of herbs, sprouts, chilis and lime. The broth was excellent. The beef, served extremely rare on top was delicious once dropped into the broth. The noodle were slightly over cooked but still good. I am very impressed. The atmosphere and decor leaves some to be desired, but thats all lost once you take your first bite. I got bbq pork spring rolls which were just ok. It is seriously worth a try, very very good. I will be trying Phuc Loi next week and will report back.

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          Truc Lam Restaurant
          3737 Gravois Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63116

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          1. re: CDollarsign

            I am much more interested in Bhan Mi alternatives. I like most Pho that is put in front of me but Bhan Mi seems to vary quite a bit and I MISS MAMA PHO'S!!!!!

          2. Bobo at Forest Park and Skinker is amazing! Everytime I go there I get the beef and seafood Pho and it is very consistent. My girlfriend ordered the ginger duck with soba noodles and it was spectacular as well. Highly recommended.