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Vietnamese north of boston?

Trying to find a good Vietnamese place north of boston to stop by on my way up north after picking someone up from Logan. The places in dorchester look great but I'm not sure if I want another half hour detour added to the trip. Thought about Pho 88 in lowell but thats kind of a detour as well. Places in chinatown probably wouldnt be easy to find parking for in the middle of a week day so I think those are out as well. Any thoughts?
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  1. I'd hit Xinh Xinh in Chinatown, just park at the garage DIRECTLY across the street, it's pretty reasonably priced and you might bring the price down even further with validation (I forget if they do it there or not).

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    1. re: Luther

      That's probably my best bet, thanks Luther :)

    2. Are you looking along Route 1, 128/95 or 93?

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      1. re: Chris VR

        doesn't matter, heading up to Maine so really just something that wont be too out of the way between Logan and there

      2. Sugar Cane in Peabody is Vietnamese and Chinese. The authenticity is not quite what you'd find in Boston, but they have pretty good pho and vermicelli, and excellent cahn chua sour soup.

        1. There's Pho Number 9 in Everett on Rt.16 (1861 Revere Beach Parkway). Not exactly handy but better than heading south (google maps puts the drive at about 15 minutes). I haven't been. It has had a smattering of positive comments here over the years.

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          1. re: deglazer

            hmm thats looks pretty convenient, Ill definitely look into it

            1. re: deglazer

              My experiences at Pho Number is that the food is mediocre, the tables are dirty, and the service is unfriendly. I much prefer Pho and Rice on Beacon St in Somerville.

              1. re: deglazer

                Drove by Pho # 9 today about 1:30...no cars out front and brown paper on the windows.

              2. There are Saigon Noodle, Pho 99 and Pho Hoa in Malden Center. Have only been to the last one recently, it was pretty good.

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                  1. pho hoa in malden and pho minh ky in lynn

                    1. Out of Asia in Saugus http://www.outofasia-ma.com/menu.html has some Vietnamese options on the menu and couldn't be more convenient if you are heading up Route 1. I have always liked the food I've had there, but a) have not been in a while and b) have not had their Vietnamese menu items.

                      1. Soall Bistro in Marblehead is pretty good.

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                        1. re: phatchris

                          How about Pho #1 in Woburn? Haven't eaten there, but I've seen good write ups here, and it would only be one or two exits back down 128 if you're coming up 93..

                        2. Ended up going to xinh xinh, it wasnt bad but nothing amazing. It was my first vietnamese food, but the person that I was with said it was kind of middle of the road compared to what they have had. I enjoyed the omelet for sure