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I haven't eaten everywhere for Banh Mi sandwiches but their Grilled Pork Banh Mi is delicious. On the other hand, I ordered pho there yesterday for the first time (Pho Ga) and it was perhaps the worst pho I have had in Boston, very little flavor. I normally think of pho as having a ton of flavors: rich broth, lots of thai basil, lots of cilantro, bean sprouts, lime, etc. The pho at Pho Viet lacked in any depth of flavors. I guess I will stick to their Banh Mi's, which are amazing.

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Pho Viet
1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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  1. I just finished a bowl of their Bun Bo Hue - Spicy Beef Noodle Soup.... good sized chunks of short rib, incl all the miscellaneous cartilage, etc, etc, full of noodles, just the right amount of heat. Perfect for a chilly (18^f) day with a gusty wind.

    I too love their Banh Mi, but the menu has so many other choices to explore.

    1. Their bun with grilled shrimp is my favorite.....A real nom, nom nom bowl o food....

      1. I agree. Their pho is poor in many respects. I have no idea why it seems to get some good reviews on this board.

        Stick to their sandwiches, com ga tay (tomato yellow fried rice and chicken leg, huge plate for enormous value), and banh uon cha lua (luncheon meat, fried shallots and viet salad over chewy thick rice noodles).

        1. We are regulars for the banh mi. Got the Lemongrass chicken w/ rice vermicelli tonight. At $7 the value is amazing and the flavors and textures simple but satisfying, but be forewarned- you must ask them not to cook the chicken very much. It is pounded to almost paper thin, and our first try, tonight, was sooo dry/overcooked.

          1. In addition to their Banh Mi, I regularly get the Saigon Noodles and the pork fresh rolls. Both excellent.

            1. I love the banh mi, their soups don't wow me, cuz I really picky about y Vietnamese, but I LOVE their Bun!

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              1. re: galleygirl

                What are your favorites for Pho?

                1. re: Gabatta

                  I don't actually eat pho, being a pescatarian, but my goto dish is Hot and Sour Soup, wherever I go. Theirs is pretty meh....I love Pho 2000 in Dorchester, and Xinh Xinh in Chinatown. There are probably some newer ones in Dot that I haven't kept up with, as well.
                  Whatever you do, ask for the fish with bones! ;)

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                  Xinh Xinh
                  7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                  Pho 2000 Restaurant
                  198 Adams St, Dorchester, MA 02122

              2. I agree. I have only been once and had Pho and Spring Rolls. Neither were worth a 2nd visit, or even a 1st.

                1. Their banh mi are excellent. I love the beef shortribs over rice as well. I agree about their pho though --- the noodles and meat are fine but the broth lacks flavor. You can add heat, which makes it okay, but then one-dimensional.

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                  1. re: lipoff

                    could you describe the short ribs over rice?

                    1. re: galangatron

                      Delicious!

                      Well marinated short ribs, almost "Korean style" (thin slices, bone-in, marinated and seared, not slow-cooked) with some scallions on top, over rice. In the back of the photo below you'll see the small pajon (spring onion pancake) from Misono Wok & Grill, the Korean place next to the Indian place. They have a number of other flavors of pancakes as well, including some rarely seen around here, like yam.

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                      Misono Wok
                      1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                       
                      1. re: lipoff

                        oh boy! now i have some new things to try there(though i am guessing that the ribs will taste like the banh mi meat!). i'll def go for some of those pancakes too; which kinds are your favs?

                        1. re: lipoff

                          The last two times I've gotten this dish there, they were so fatty/gristly/tough that they were nearly inedible. :( When it's good, though, it's real good.

                          1. re: Prav

                            My order yesterday was impeccable. And delish. Sorry yours was not...

                            1. re: StriperGuy

                              I've had a piece or two that's been inedibly tough, but never a whole order.

                              1. re: lipoff

                                Stopped by yesterday and as usual the Grilled Pork Banh Mi was "otherworldly". Tried the short ribs for the 1st time and was disappointed, like Prav, my short ribs were very dry, tough and chewy and I would have liked a little more flavor or sauce to go on the flavorless steamed rice, perhaps a few more scallions would have helped. Still the best Banh Mi I have ever had.

                      2. re: lipoff

                        Suggestible as I am, I just ate the short ribs for lunch.

                        Awesome. Delish. Thx for the rec.

                        1. re: lipoff

                          i also enjoy their beef shortribs. Although New Jang Su is the best I've had in the area.

                        2. The pho used to be quite good, and then at some point it changed. Now it's like dishwater. The bun bo hue is still good though, but we usually get banh mi of course!

                          1. Hard for me to get anything but banh mi there, as it's my favorite in town. Had one (BBQ pork) a couple of weeks ago, still outstanding.

                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                              I generally justify my sole focus on the bahn mi's (at the cost of sampling some other delicious entrees) by ordering some summer rolls along with it.

                              1. re: grant.cook

                                I've found their summer rolls less than outstanding...

                                1. re: galleygirl

                                  If you order the spring rolls, what you get is basically a mini-order of bun: they come with shredded carrots, mint, sauce and vermicelli.

                                  1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                    I admit, the only time I got them was awhile ago; I remember them being dried out and meh...But, the bun is always moist and delicious!

                                    1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                      We used to order this for my daughter - like a bun kids meal.

                              2. i like the banh mi and che ba mau. will have to try the com ta gay and short ribs over rice

                                1. We also love the Bahn Mi there, but one knock is that they often run out of them during the evening...and we make sad face to them.

                                  We do like other soup dishes there however. Vegetarian Pho is probably the best "vegetarian" version you can get around here, and I'm particularly fond of their Spicy Seafood Soup with Tomatoes.

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                                  Pho Viet
                                  1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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                                  1. re: Kremti

                                    maybe this is a "duhhh" , but they are happy to hold orders for you when you call them. we've done that when we've known we couldn't get there til late.

                                    1. re: opinionatedchef

                                      Well, I feel it's kinda silly to hold orders there when there are $@&*@&^$zillion other food to be had in the area if they happen to be all out...

                                      1. re: Kremti

                                        well, looks like silly for you but it works for me. when i want a banh mi, i want a banh mi. but if you prefer to make a sad face, so be it.

                                    2. re: Kremti

                                      This is actually a good thing, ensuring you get a roll that was made that morning. As you point out, it's not like you don't have tons of great alternatives just a few feet away if you get shut out of banh mi.

                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                        Exactly. I wouldn't want a day-old bread anyways. I put the "running out of things" in my sign of "The chef/owner is mindful of the freshness of the ingredients/keenly aware of financial situation of the operating a restaurant."

                                        Doesn't stop me from making a sad face and hoping they can magically summon a freshly baked bread however...never worked.

                                        1. re: Kremti

                                          In my experience (many sad faces), it's not unusual for Pho Viet to run out of bread by 2 or 3pm.

                                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                          Pho Viet
                                          1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215