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Pho Viet @ Super 88

bakerboyz Jan 14, 2011 06:47 AM

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.

Pho Viet
1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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  1. okra Jan 14, 2011 09:31 AM

    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. galleygirl Jan 14, 2011 09:40 AM

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

      1. Luther Jan 14, 2011 12:23 PM

        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. opinionatedchef Aug 15, 2011 10:29 PM

          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.

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            chuck s Aug 16, 2011 03:33 AM

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

            1. galleygirl Aug 16, 2011 07:33 AM

              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
                Gabatta Aug 16, 2011 08:15 AM

                What are your favorites for Pho?

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                  galleygirl Aug 16, 2011 09:28 AM

                  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! ;)

                  Xinh Xinh
                  7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                  Pho 2000 Restaurant
                  198 Adams St, Dorchester, MA 02122

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                hargau Aug 16, 2011 07:57 AM

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

                1. lipoff Aug 16, 2011 08:48 AM

                  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
                    galangatron Aug 18, 2011 12:32 PM

                    could you describe the short ribs over rice?

                    1. re: galangatron
                      lipoff Aug 18, 2011 09:49 PM


                      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.

                      Misono Wok
                      1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                      1. re: lipoff
                        opinionatedchef Aug 19, 2011 11:37 PM

                        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
                          Prav Aug 23, 2011 04:18 PM

                          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.

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                            StriperGuy Aug 23, 2011 06:01 PM

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

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                              lipoff Aug 24, 2011 02:42 AM

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

                              1. re: lipoff
                                bakerboyz Aug 24, 2011 01:25 PM

                                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
                        StriperGuy Aug 22, 2011 12:00 PM

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

                        Awesome. Delish. Thx for the rec.

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                          barleywino Aug 24, 2011 08:01 AM

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

                        2. MrsCheese Aug 16, 2011 08:23 PM

                          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. MC Slim JB Aug 16, 2011 08:32 PM

                            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.


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                            1. re: MC Slim JB
                              grant.cook Aug 17, 2011 11:31 AM

                              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.

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                                galleygirl Aug 17, 2011 11:58 AM

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

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                                  Jenny Ondioline Aug 17, 2011 12:25 PM

                                  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.

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                                    galleygirl Aug 17, 2011 04:46 PM

                                    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!

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                                      MrsCheese Aug 17, 2011 08:01 PM

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

                              2. galangatron Aug 18, 2011 12:31 PM

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

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                                  Kremti Aug 24, 2011 04:57 AM

                                  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.

                                  Pho Viet
                                  1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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                                  1. re: Kremti
                                    opinionatedchef Aug 24, 2011 04:49 PM

                                    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
                                      Kremti Aug 25, 2011 04:28 AM

                                      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
                                        opinionatedchef Aug 25, 2011 12:57 PM

                                        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
                                      MC Slim JB Aug 25, 2011 05:01 AM

                                      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.


                                      1. re: MC Slim JB
                                        Kremti Aug 25, 2011 05:25 AM

                                        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
                                          MC Slim JB Aug 25, 2011 07:55 AM

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


                                          Pho Viet
                                          1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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