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I'm looking for a good restaurant to take a group so that they can taste Pho and other Vietnamese dishes. It needs to be within 8 miles of Burbank CA. Any suggestions

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  1. ... we just recently discovered Pho, and we went to Pho Citi Silverlake, then several times to their Sunset & La Brea location and twice to the Burbank location 346 N 1st St
    Burbank, CA 91502
    Neighborhood: Burbank next to the theaters on 1st street
    The Pho is hot & good and we've tried several versions and some of their other items
    the clicher for us, being late eaters besides quality is that all the Pho Citi's are open 24/7, yes all the time, with a new location at 2nd & Hill DownTown L.A.

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    Pho Citi
    346 First Street, Burbank, CA

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    1. re: videolouis

      please for the love of god do not go to pho citi

    2. I may be shakey on my mileage because it depends on what part of Burbank you're in, but look at Glendale Pho Co, Viet Noodle Bar and Gingergrass.

      http://gingergrass.com/
      http://www.glendalephoco.com/

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      Viet Noodle Bar
      3133 1 2 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

      1. Pho 999 on Coldwater Canyon and Sherman Way in North Hollywood will fit the bill. I've eaten at Pho Citi and it was one of the most awful approximations of pho I've ever had.

        There is, or was, a decent (though expensive) pho shop on Brand Blvd. in Glendale.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          2nd Pho 999.

          1. re: Galen

            x3 from this vietnamese guy

            1. re: ns1

              I'm pretty friendly with the people at 999. I wonder if I can talk them into making me a charbroiled pork pho since both foods are used in other dishes. I have gout so I'm sensitive to beef.

              1. re: Galen

                Pho broth is basically liquefied beef bones, so even if they put grilled pork in pho, you'd still have a beef issue... you might want to look into chicken pho instead.

                1. re: Galen

                  I would order a dish without beef then. How about some tasty Bun Thit Nuong? I've never heard of Pork Pho and you would still have a broth full of beefiness.

                  But enough with the Pho. How about some Bun Oc or Canh Chua? Pho is fine, but I like to dig a little deeper. If you like Pork, you might try Bun Cha Ha Noi. That is the next level.

                  1. re: bsquared2

                    Had a great chả trứng with cơm bì thịt nướng recently at Golden Deli. Pork heaven

            2. re: Das Ubergeek

              Agreed on Das's description of Pho Citi. I have been to 2 locations (Glendale and Sunset/Fountain) and it was pretty damn bad. The place that he mentions on Brand is definitely better than Pho Citi - Pho Hut. It is on the east side of the street on Brand a few blocks south of the 134. I think very close to Hot Wings.

              If it is their first time, you will definitely want to have them try something that is good (don't want to scare them off!). I think Pho 999 mentioned here would be a great bet. If you can get your peeps to drive further - one of the best experiences would be to head to Pho 79 in Alhambra. Huge menu with the best Chargrilled Pork Pho I have ever had (I cannot find myself ordering anything else there since it is so good!). Hell, if they are willing to drive that far (maybe for their next forage into Viet food) head to Arcadia and Pho-Licious at 529 Live Oak. Some of the best broth I have found anywhere and the nicest people.

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              Pho Hut
              312 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

              Pho Citi
              346 First Street, Burbank, CA

            3. Pho Citi has probably one of the worst renditions of pho that I've ever tasted. Their grilled pork and rice dish was much closer to good and authentic than the pho. The pho broth reeked of cinnamon. It was completely devoid of beef, anise, onion, etc.
              I would hit up Pho Hut on Brand in Glendale instead. The family in the back doing the cooking are actually Vietnamese, and the pho is well-balanced. Service is terrific, too. Leagues ahead of Pho Citi.

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              Pho Hut
              312 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

              Pho Citi
              346 First Street, Burbank, CA

              1. Sorry, I know this is an old thread. But someone mentioned Pho 79 which I agree is excellent. I mention this because there's one in Chinatown as well. That should be within 8 miles of Burbank.

                I've also been meaning to try Pho Hoa in Chinatown as well. I'm curious if it's related to the Pho Hoa in Saigon... which has the absolute greatest pho ever. Amazing. And they serve it with fried bread which I never see here in the US. Does anyone know if they're related?

                There might be better pho in Hanoi or elsewhere in Vietnam... but if anyone's ever in Saigon, $6 will get two people the greatest pho ever and two large beers. It's awesome!

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                1. re: mikeinla10

                  probably not since pho hoa and pho pasteur are the 2 most common names for pho joints

                  1. re: ns1

                    Pho Hoa (or Pho Pasteur) is a very famous Pho Joint in Saigon. Any place would love to have some kind of association with it. Taking names from places in VN is very common. I love to go to Nhu Lan in Saigon for a Banh Mi or late night snack. There is one in Garden Grove, but it is not the same people.

                    The rumor I always heard was that Pho Pasteur always has the bones cooking so they get that real beef flavor. I know people who just buy the soup and fix the noodles at home. I don't eat Pho that much since I would rather eat Bun Bo Hue or Bun Oc, but I still like Pho Pasteur.

                    1. re: bsquared2

                      which pho pasteur are we talking about here?

                      I found the one in SGV to be a crappy MSG laden bomb. I actually had to use siracha and hoison sauce.

                      1. re: ns1

                        I"m talking about Pho Hoa on Pasteur in Saigon ;) From what I hear, that same pot has been going for years.

                        Now if you want to talk Bun Bo Hue.....

                        1. re: bsquared2

                          Hey BSquared2,

                          That's the one I went to... the absolute best I've ever had. The broth was unreal, and it's especially delicious with the dau chao quay.

                          This is why I was wondering if the Pho Hoa in Chinatown has any affiliation.

                          1. re: mikeinla10

                            Pho Pasteur (also called Pho Hoa) is very famous. I highly doubt the one in Chinatown is related. I did hear that the original owners sold and moved to the US, but who knows if that is true. If they opened a shop in SGV, it would be big news. Plus, I've heard meh things about the one in SGV. Golden Deli is my fav place not in Little Saigon.

                            It makes sense that somebody who wanted to open up a Pho joint in SoCal would call it Pho Pasteur. Usually when we go eat that dish in Saigon we go to Pho Pasteur. It is the one place that is in the tourist books but it still respected by the people living there. That said, we don't eat it that much. I like trying other dishes instead. How about some My Quang or Bun Bo Hue at Nha Trang in SGV? I love that place. It's like having your Vietnamese friend's Auntie cooking for you (or in my case, my Mother in Law)

                            Bun Bo Hue is the dish that I don't think gets the respect from Westerners that it deserves. More Lemongrass, Chili....I get a buzz off of a good bowl of Bun Bo Hue.

                      2. re: bsquared2

                        Two things... the Nhu Lan in GG is affiliated with Pho Nguyen Hue...

                        ...and Pho 86 always has bones in the broth that are replenished throughout the day. You can see through the shaded divider at the Brookhurst/Hazard location.

                    2. re: mikeinla10

                      Pho Hao in Chinatown is real, real good. Although I have Gout, I break down when I'm there and have their beef pho. They're pretty hard to beat.

                    3. ... day before Christmas Eve went to Sunset & La Brea, wonderful, soothing as ever.

                      Got this from a friend from Palos Verde who was in L.A. with some band members ...
                      " I went for noodles … @Pho Citi DTLA after going to the redwood.
                      Excellent, thanks 4 the tip"

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                      1. re: videolouis

                        Unless Pho Citi in DTLA is leagues better than Pho Citi in Burbank, I call shenanigans. Seriously, I've had better pho from a seasoning packet I bought at the 99 Ranch store.

                      2. Bistro Orient, which was reviewed by S Irene 2 weeks ago, located in the same site as the old Gorikee restaurant, in the Vons shopping center on Ventura Blvd between Canoga and Topanga Cyn, is where you want to go. I have been there twice already, and although I have not yet had their Pho, they offer 8 different varieties, ranging in price from $8.50 to 9.50, as well as many other Vietnamese dishes. You will not be disappointed

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                        1. re: pizzafreak

                          I'm already disappointed by hearing 8.50 - 9.50 a bowl.