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Best Vietnamese that's not a hole-in-the-wall?

Going to be in Boston in August and am hoping to enjoy one of my favorite cuisines that I absolutely can't get where I live.

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  1. No sure what you mean by "not a hole in the wall". Do you want high end? fancy? None of these are anywhere near that but they are clean, bright, friendly with very good food

    Is Quincy too far? Food is outstanding. We eat there often.

    Pho Countryside
    217A Quincy Ave
    Quincy, MA 02169

    Randolph has Pho S 1 which has similar atmosphere. We get there every month or so.

    Pho S 1
    51 Memorial Pkwy
    Randolph, MA 02368

    In Boston proper. Haven't been in few months

    Pho Basil
    177 Massachusetts Ave
    Boston, MA 02115

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    1. re: foodieX2

      Clean, bright, and friendly will do just fine.

      1. re: pikawicca

        I love Pho So 1 in Dorcester. Xinh Xinh in Chinatown is also great but a bit smaller. Both may be considered holes in the wall by some though.

      2. re: foodieX2

        I agree with both Pho Countryside and Pho Basil. I'm also very partial to non-pho dishes at New Dong Khanh in Chinatown.

        1. re: jpeezey12

          To add another opinion, Pho Countryside (in the Kam Man shopping center) is absolutely awful. If you think their pho is good, you haven't really had a good one. The beef items are unfresh and small in quantity, and the broth is all salt/sugar with very little other flavor.

        1. Le's on Brighton Ave in Allston is not a hole in the wall. Solid food. There's also one in Harvard Sq.

          The nicest interior is probably Pho Lemongrass on Harvard St. in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. It's a nice restaurant, meaning clean, nice tables, nice table settings, good service. I prefer Le's for food.

          1. Le's in Harvard Sq. is very good. I've never had a bad meal there. I usually get the tai pho or chicken noodle pho and fresh summer rolls. I was there last night and it did not disappoint. Very inexpensive as well.

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            1. re: BackBayGirl

              I've always found the Le's in Harvard Square much better than the one in Allston. A recent visit to the Allston one did little to change my mind: the Harvard Square one just tastes better and has a nicer room.

              1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                Do the Le's own one of the spots in Dot? I think they might...

                1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                  We hit both of these consistently and I have to say I've found no clear winner. They definitely both can be inconsistent.

                  For the past six months I've given it to the Allston one based on a couple of midweek late night visits that really nailed it. But honestly I've found both Le's, Pho Pasteur, and Xihn Xihn all a wash. Just depends on the day. It's too bad Pho2000 isn't more convenient for us.

              2. My friend's wife is Vietnamese, and they generally only eat at Pho 2000.

                1. If you can't get out to Dorchester for Pho 2000 (they have beef 7 ways) or other Dot places (one has fish 7 ways but I'm blanking on the name) try Xinh Xinh in Chinatown (Beach St). I usually go to XX for Vietnamese. I'm not a huge fan of Le's in Harvard Sq. I do get takeout there since it is easy but it wouldn't be my first choice for Vietnamese.

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                  1. re: beetlebug

                    I agree with all of this! Dorchester is best (I like Pho Hoa and Pho So 1), Xinh Xinh is very good, Le's is okay but not nearly as good as the others (I find their salad rolls to be particularly disappointing).

                  2. I live in Dorchester but , Xinh Xinh in Chinatown is my preference.