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Pho Outside of Chinatown (Honolulu)

i know of a couple of places in Chinatown for Pho, but parking is such a hassle. Any other favorites, especially diamond head of downtown?

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  1. as for places I go

    Hale Vietnam is an old standard, very good, a bit pricey, but excellent broth
    Pho South King I thought was pretty good, friends didn't like it as much.
    Saigon on Waialae in Kaimuki is good, not fantastic
    Pho Mai on South King near Keeamoku was also good.

    Some of my friends swear by that place across from Kaimuki Rec Center on Waialae, but I thought there was waayyy too much MSG in the broth. Good bahn-mi though.

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    Hale Vietnam Restaurant
    1140 12th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

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    1. re: KaimukiMan

      Pho Thinh (on King St)

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      Pho Thinh
      2080 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826

    2. I found Pho Saigon on Keaumoku pretty good and has parking. We go there every year we visit.

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      Pho Saigon
      658 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761

      1. IMHO, the best on Oahu may be from Cuu Long in the Pearl Kai Shopping Center, Aiea. Come at lunch time, the line is out the door.

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        Pearl Kai Shopping Center
        , Aiea, HI 96701

        Cuu Long
        175 N Hotel St Ste 2, Honolulu, HI 96817

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        1. re: Joebob

          Cuu long still? I think their food went way downhill over the past couple years. I still go to Pho Viet on Moanalua past St. Elizabeth in Aiea.

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          Pho Viet
          99-163 Moanalua Rd, Aiea, HI 96701

            1. re: haolebaby

              i tried Cuu Long Peal Kai and thought it was mediocre...didnt know why so many raved about it. I think because there are few places in this area. I recommend Green Papaya in Kalihi where King and Dillngham meet.

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              Green Papaya
              1518 Makaloa St Ste A, Honolulu, HI 96814

              Cuu Long
              175 N Hotel St Ste 2, Honolulu, HI 96817

          1. thanks for the input guys. Cuu Long is of course classic, and I like it there, but I don't like the drive from town. I try to avoid going at busy times because as Haolebaby said, the quality isn't there. When it is slower, the pho is still great. I've tried Pho Thinh twice now with friends. We probably won't be back. The broth was rather sweet, not meaty, they didn't offer green chilli peppers and when asked said they didn't have any. Sirracha is good, but not a replacement for the peppers. Anyone tried Ha Long in Kapalama?

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            Cuu Long
            175 N Hotel St Ste 2, Honolulu, HI 96817

            Pho Thinh
            2080 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826

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            1. re: KaimukiMan

              Anyone braved the line to have pho at Tou Chow(sp?) on River St?

              1. re: Joebob

                Yes we've been to TO CHAU. We didn't feel it was worth the line. The meat was very tough. Spring Rolls were good.

                1. re: russkar

                  Thank you for saving us from standing in line.

                  1. re: Joebob

                    If there is no line give it a try, broth was thick and rich but the meat tough. We won't be returning. Our Fave is still Pho Thinh (closed for vac Jan 24-Feb 24approx)

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                    Pho Thinh
                    2080 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826

                    1. re: russkar

                      Address, tel., etc. please. I haven't had a good bowl in too long.

                      1. re: Joebob

                        Looking forward to your opinion. I wasn't that impressed, but maybe it was an off night, Russkar knows his stuff, maybe I just missed something. They only gave us sprouts and basil the nights we went. Said they didn't have lemons or peppers. No saw leaf or whatever it's called either. The place is clean and service is good.

                        Pho Thinh is next to St. Mary's Church on S. King, across from McDonalds and the McCully Library (a little before McCully Bicycle) there is a parking lot between the church and Pho Thinh

                        2080 South King 96826
                        947-3638

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                        Pho Thinh
                        2080 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826

            2. Tried Ha Long in city center (the old gem off dillingham). Really liked it. The broth had a nice rich meaty taste, the rare steak was beautiful, the noodles cooked just right, and they gave a healthy serving of vegetables. We started with summer rolls, very good also.

              the place is clean, nicely lit, well decorated, likely to become a favorite for me.

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              1. re: KaimukiMan

                sis and her fiance just brought me an order of pho (she forgot the beef tendon) from Ha Long and i enjoyed it.

                i also recommend Saigon on waialae and Green Papaya at > dillingham and king < (liliha area in the complex with alpha video, jiffy lube, and kfc)

                i want another bowl already!

              2. Pho 777 at the McCully Shopping Center and Pho Bistro 2 at Kalakaua and Fern.

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                Pho Bistro 2
                1694 Kalakaua Ave Ste C, Honolulu, HI 96826

                1. A friend and I went to Fairwood Drive-In & Pho 27 for dinner tonight, we ate in the Pho 27 area. I had a large pho w/ sliced beef, friend got the pork chops, and we shared an appetizer of the pork summer rolls (2 rolls sliced in half) The summer rolls were ok, nothing to write home about, but decent. I would have preferred a little less noodle in them and more vegetable, but not so much it was bad as it was.

                  My friend enjoyed his pork chop, typical thin sliced and nicely grilled.

                  The pho was served with the usual accompaniment of basil, sawleaf, bean sprouts, and green chilies, there were two or three types of chili paste on the table, and both siracha and 'brown' sauce. There was a generous portion of sliced beef, I just wish I had remembered to ask for it to be served on the side. The broth for the pho was clean and rich. Ive heard some people say it is too sweet, but I didn't get that feeling, and while I'm sure there was msg in there, it was not overwhelming. Sadly when i put my chopsticks in, i found that the noodles were in a big lump in the bottom of the bowl, meaning they had been put in there and allowed to sit for a while before the broth was poured over them, and as expected they were overcooked. A real let down compared to the overall ambiance and good service.

                  I won't let the noodles prevent me from going back to give them a second chance, but it was disappointing. The price was on the steep side but not outrageous, for the two of us just over $24 (we only had water.) I know compared to mainland prices $9 for a bowl of pho is very high, but only slightly above average in Honolulu, and the large bowl I had was quite large.

                  1. anyone try super pho in kaimuki?

                    my coworker raved, said it was better than ha long, which i enjoyed but thought was pricey.

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                    1. re: indelibledotink

                      I think I mentioned it in an earlier posting. I like it, but to me it has way too much MSG. In spite of the price HaLong is still my favorite. Super Pho in Kaimuki does have a wider menu selection of broths than a lot of the other places.

                      The other night I was at Hale Vietnam, I had forgotten how good this 'pioneer' of vietnamese food in Hawaii was.

                    2. We recently spent a week in Waikiki and found Pho Kitchen at 2919 Kapiolani in a small strip mall. My tendon and tripe pho was quite good and my wife had an unusual wonton pho. Price for two was $18