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Jul 16, 2011 06:38 AM

Ann Arbor - Looking for Pho

Where are some decent places to get Pho around Ann Arbor? I'm aware that Madison Heights is the go-to place, but that is a 50+ mile drive.

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  1. Saigon Garden in AA
    Dalat in Ypsi

    Saigon Garden
    1220 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    100 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

    1. Yeah, but in all honesty, if you really want the best pho to be had in the metro area then it's worth the trip. None of the places in Ypsi/A2 are coming close to what's in Mad Heights, but I would go with DaLat over Saigon Garden.

      Saigon Garden
      1220 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

      1. Sorry to say both are unacceptable, the true go to place is Windsor, if traffic is good takes 20 min longer. After several years of looking I just make my own, Bob at Sparrows has nice beef shank and bones, as well as brisket. Just char your spices and ginger and the key is black cardamon.

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        1. re: toro

          True enough, Toro, on both home pho and Windsor options. Don't forget the cinnamon stick and star anise pods. Good bets in Windsor are Pho Nguyen Hoang on Wyandotte or Xic Lo, also on Wyandotte. Both have good pho, very good bun bo hue, and other great choices. Pho Nguyen has a bigger menu, really friendly family running the place and they will customize dishes to your specs. Special shout out to Bac Lieu for the Banh Xeo. It is the only one of the 5 or 6 Pho joints that do the pancake. The pho is kinda meh there, but the owner is friendly, albeit a bit tough to understand sometimes. Her ca-ri-ga (chicken bun noodles in coconut curry broth) is very tasty.