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Where can I find the best Pho in Boston

scattoni Feb 3, 2011 01:15 PM

Looking for the most authentic, clean, consistently good Vietnamese restaurant..

  1. Mike5966 Feb 3, 2011 01:32 PM

    Try this post for starters:


    Among the Chinatown options, I've tried Pho Pasteur and Pho Hoa. Pho Pasteur gets my vote between the two. Haven't tried Xinh Xinh yet but most folks in the thread above seem to prefer it the best. I'll probably make it my next stop for pho. Pho Viet in the Allston Super 88 is passable most days if you're really craving it and you're close by, but usually the broth just isn't deep enough and has too much of that pre-lime-juiced taste. Good bahn mi, though. I don't know too much else about other pho outside of Chinatown...

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    1. re: Mike5966
      scattoni Feb 3, 2011 01:38 PM

      Thank you!

    2. Luther Feb 3, 2011 01:44 PM

      Best: Pho Pasteur Chinatown, Pho 2000

      OK: Le's, Xinh Xinh, Pho Hoa Dorchester

      Not good: Pho Viet's, Pho Hoa Chinatown

      Xinh Xinh
      7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

      Pho 2000 Restaurant
      198 Adams St, Dorchester, MA 02122

      Pho Viet
      1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

      Pho Pasteur Restaurant
      682 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

      1. galangatron Feb 3, 2011 04:41 PM

        pho pasteur in chinatown and pho hoa in dorchester

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        1. re: galangatron
          EATTV Feb 4, 2011 05:24 AM

          For me its the đặc biệt (combo w/everything) pho with sate sauce at Dong Khahn in Chinatown. Along with the gỏi cuốn fresh rolls and a longan shake with warm sweet tapioca pearl it can't be beat.

        2. j
          jpeezey12 Feb 4, 2011 05:39 AM

          It's a mixture of Thai and Viet but I really enjoy Pho Basil on Mass Ave.

          Pho Basil Restaurant
          177A Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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          1. re: jpeezey12
            lime_green Feb 5, 2011 07:32 AM

            Pho Basil ftw

            1. re: jpeezey12
              BostonZest Feb 5, 2011 10:45 AM

              That's where I sent my husband for Pho Ga when I had a bad cold last month. They tucked in a bit of extra hot sauce and it cleared my head and warmed my bones.

            2. m
              myasorubka Feb 17, 2011 09:49 AM

              Pho Pasteur! I also love the pho on the Momogoose truck at Kendall/MIT, but it's different. Sweeter maybe? Also, not a sit-down situation.

              Pho Pasteur Restaurant
              682 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

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              1. re: myasorubka
                MrsCheese Oct 8, 2011 08:32 PM

                I had the "pho ga" at the Momogoose truck on Friday. It was good, but pho it ain't. It didn't have the same depth of flavor in the broth that pho has, and the flavor profile was totally different. It was very reminiscent of the chicken noodle soup that is often on the menu at Thai restaurants. I enjoyed it, but I think calling it "pho" is a stretch.

                1. re: MrsCheese
                  Luther Oct 9, 2011 12:54 PM

                  Everything at Momogoose is pretty awful with the exception of their #1 (bun ga nuong), which is solid and satisfying food for $4.50 and remarkable for Kendall but not exactly "good" in many senses.

                  1. re: Luther
                    kobuta Oct 10, 2011 02:57 PM

                    What Luther said.

                    While it pains me that there isn't a better pho option in the immediate area, if I'm craving pho I'd rather order from Pho N' Rice off foodler.com which does deliver to that neighborhood. Much better real pho options, though maybe not "best of.."

              2. t
                TheScribe Feb 17, 2011 10:34 AM

                I really like Pho 2000 in Dorchester.

                Pho 2000 Restaurant
                198 Adams St, Dorchester, MA 02122

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                1. re: TheScribe
                  MrsCheese Oct 8, 2011 08:42 PM

                  We went to Pho 2000 for the first time today. It was absolutely delicious. My husband and I had the pho tai and it had a wonderfully flavorful broth with a strong anise flavor (in a good way). Their goi cuon is better than others I've had too - the pork in it is grilled or something, rather than being the boiled white sawdusty pork that is usually included. My kids shared the bun with shrimp, pork, and spring roll, and it was a step above your usual bun as well. Their grilled pork is fabulous (my daughter kept going on about it), and the shrimp was butterflied and grilled. Yum! We will definitely be looking for more excuses to go to Dot.

                  Pho 2000 Restaurant
                  198 Adams St, Dorchester, MA 02122

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