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Hi, new to Dallas, from Houston. In Houston, there is seemingly a good Pho place on every block. I'm having a slow start finding them here.

Any recommendations? So far, the best I've found is Pho Pasteur II in Carrollton (in a Vietnamese shopping center), and the worst is Pho Boston in Plano (incredibly greasy).

OK, to be fair, the Pho at Mr. Chopsticks in Denton was even worse.

My ideal is specialized Pho restaurants, as opposed to Vietnamese restaurants that serve Pho in addition to many other dishes.

Thanks for any thoughts!
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  1. It's part of a mini-chain, but Pho Que Huong on 15th (at Independence) in Plano is very good. The pho is definitely the star of the show, but they also have a broad menu including banh mi and vermicelli. My recent favorite is their "beef combination" -- three different kinds of meatballs (for want of a better word) served with vermicelli, garnishes and wrappers.

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    1. re: Kirk

      Que Huong is horrible. Pho 95 is the best all around.

      1. re: JT

        Can you expand on your statement that Pho Que Huong is horrible? Are you referring to the one in Plano?

        1. re: Kirk

          pho que huong is terrible. try bistro b in garland or my personal favorite pho express on belt line near josey.

          1. re: blakepilot

            I third or fourth the "que huoung is terrible" comments. It might be the worst pho on Earth.

            Unfortunately, I live in East Dallas and am forced to go to Vietnam. While it is not great Pho, it is WAAAAY better than Que Huoung, which I believe means "native village" or some such.

            If you like Asian Noodle soups, go to First Chinese BBQ and/or King Noodle.

            1. re: Epicurious Esquire

              Also Vietnamese - also categorically reject the pho at Pho Que Huong. We always go to Pho Bac in Richardson, partly out of inertia because that's where we've always gone, that's where my parents and relatives go, and it's always been excellent so we've never had reason to change.

            2. re: blakepilot

              I'll agree the Que Huong is terrible (murky, muddled broth, over salted) but Bistro B is equally just as bad for the opposite reason (bland, bland, bland, and unequal noodle - meat ratio).

            3. re: Kirk

              I am vietnamese, and what Pho Que Huong is passing as "vietnamese pho" is puzzling. I too reject what they call "pho" at this franchise. Pho should have a piping hot, clear, fresh scented broth, infused with fragrant herbs and spices. Instead, the pho is murky, smells overly pungent and meaty, too salty, and the noodles overcooked. The best thing that you can to real Pho in the Dallas metroplex is either Pho Pasteur off of Beltline and Josey in Carrollton, or Pho 95 in Richardson. You should try the Hu Tieu at these locations. Its a seafood noodle dish with egg noodles. They add deep fried shallots to the noodle dishes -Very tasty !

              1. re: tcobb

                I'm only in town for the night & my pregnancy hormones have me craving Vietnamese like nothing else. I'm staying over by Quorum & Belt Line. The only place I've seen nearby is the Que Huong on Belt Line. I'm bummed it's gotten such poor reviews. Is there somewhere else that's close to that area I could try?

                1. re: sunnygordy

                  Drive west and go down to Belt Line and Josey. Look for Pho Pasteur or Pho 2006.

                  1. re: sunnygordy

                    I would recommend Pho 2006 over Pho Pastuer....also the bun cha ha noi is good at Pho 2006

              2. re: JT

                I looked for Pho 95 on Google but it looks like that is now Pho Huy. Can somone validate?

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              simply_victoria

              While I haven't had time to check them out, there are a number of pho restaurants located at Greenville and Beltline. I think you might have some good luck over there.

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              1. re: simply_victoria

                One of them, in the same lot as Maxim's (north of Beltline), is a Pho Que Huong. I'll admit that I have never gotten past Maxim's when I have been in the parking lot, but I imagine it is good.

              2. If you head west on Walnut (from 75), you'll pass many Vietnamese places (pho shops, bakeries, tofu makers, etc.) in the stretch from Audelia (where Hong Kong Market Place is located) to Jupiter (with Hiep Thai Market). I haven't been to everything along that stretch and am not especially knowledgeable about Vietnamese cuisine. But I've enjoyed most of what I've eaten along there.

                For starters, try Pho Duy Tan, adjacent to the Hiep Thai Market. It was recommended to me by several people here and elsewhere. Most of what I've had there (and especially the bun bo hue, pictured below) has been quite good.

                Please share the results of your explorations with us. I'd love to hear about anything you find that's delicious, unique, or (ideally) both.

                Scott

                Image: http://www.dallasfood.org/photos/viet...

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                1. re: Scott

                  Right on about Duy Tan. Also, closer to downtown, try Viet Nam on Bryan St. Neither of these places have just pho but both are superb.

                  1. re: Scott

                    Duy Tan closed a couple of months ago. It has been replaced by An Giang, which is not as good. Duy Tan's owners opened a new place, PaLa Cafe, on Buckingham, in the same strip center as the Saigon market. PaLa has a number of American dishes on it menu that seem totally out of place, but the pho is still good.

                    1. re: Dallas Alice

                      However, don't write off An Giang completely. They're good for vermicelli bowls and bun rieu.

                  2. I think the best pho is Pho Pasteur in east Richardson on the corner of Plano Rd and Beltline. It is a sibling of the Pho Pasteur II in Carrollton that you mentioned. It is really clean and the people running it are very friendly.

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                    1. re: Mr. Bean

                      Pho Que Huong is a chain. It was one of the first Pho houses around. The one in Plano is pretty good, but the one on Preston near Frankford is awful.
                      I like Pho Nu Bay on Preston it is very clean and new. The Dallas Observer slammed it pretty hard but the guy who reviewed it was cluless and just bitched about the menu, he never mentioned the Pho in the review.
                      The best Pho's Ive eaten in Garland and Richardson come from places that only specilize in Pho.

                    2. I would say Pho Bac on Beltline and Plano Rd. in E. Richardson. My partner and most of my employees are Vietnamese and that's their take.

                      1. I'd have to agree that Pho Pasteur is one of the best pho places. My friends and I eat there almost every weekend.

                        I also like Pho Bang in Garland. It's one of those hole in the wall type places and it's not as clean looking or spacious as Pho Pasteur. It reminds me of one of my favorite places in Houston, Pho Nguyen on Bellaire.

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                        1. re: al427

                          I agree with these two places! It's the only places my parents will eat if they're craving pho and don't want to cook it at home.

                          1. re: al427

                            +1 for Pho Bang in Garland. IT's definitely one of the best places in Dallas. I grew up in the DFW area and that's been a family favorite for years.

                          2. Dude I'm from Houston and the only Pho place I eat at is My Tho in Garland (Plano & Walnut). It tastes the best and they have other good food too especially Goi Cuon! Their Com Tam Bi is good too and Bun Thit Nuong. Just try everything. Take your time and keep coming back! ;) Otherwise I wait till I go to Houston to eat anywhere else.

                            1. I've had the pho at Oishi a few times recently. While they don't have gan (tendon) and sach (tripe) and all that weird shit that I love so much, the broth is flavorful, almost free of floating globules of grease and the basil, cilantro and bean sprouts seem are very fresh.

                              It's also kinda nice to start the meal with 1 order of uni. A bit pricey, but it makes my taste buds smile.

                              1. PHO Mac at Parker and Independence is the best PHO in DFW. Family owned and operated, they also have outstanding rolls and rice/noodle dishes. I eat there at least twice per week.

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                                1. re: kingofkings

                                  Interesting b/c Pho Mac also has a location at Plano Rd & Campbell Rd at the opposite end from Taqueria El Fuego. Is that one also family owned and operated?

                                    1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                      No, I believe the family (two brothers) opened the second location in Richardson two weeks ago. One brother runs Plano, the other runs Richardson.

                                      1. re: kingofkings

                                        I agree that Pho Mac is delicious. I haven't been able to bring myself to try anything else on their menu (after perhaps 8 visits), because I seem to always be craving their pho! The fresh lemonade is very tasty.

                                      2. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                        Pho Mac originally had three locations that I know of. Josey & Beltline ( believe closed after the move to Plano) and Richardson. It's the same family. While I don't think they are the best in DFW by any stretch they are reasonably good and on my way home. I stop by there frequently and get to go. They are always supper friendly and funny enough one of the few Pho places that refills your water and understands service.

                                      3. re: kingofkings

                                        If you're looking for PHO specifically in Plano, TX. Pho Mac is hands down the best Pho in Plano.
                                        Very pure, clear, piping hot broth. Very friendly staff and a cool fish tank.

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                                        Pho Mac
                                        3100 Independence Pkwy Ste 310, Plano, TX 75075

                                      4. There is a relatively new place called I (heart) Pho located around MacArthur and 635. Not the best bowl I have had (the former Duy Tan still holds that honor), but certainly one of the better bowls I have had in Irving and/or Carrollton.

                                        Note: I haven't been able to try the many Vietnamese restaurants around 183/Beltline area yet. So my claim may be premature.

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                                        1. re: adkim

                                          Adkim,

                                          I liked the Bun Bo Hue at Pho Republic in Irving. Large restaurant, not very many people though but great spicy Bun Bo Hue....I actually added about 1/8 bottle of sirracha and a plate full of jalapenos. So mine was a bit spicer than most could probably handle. The meat mixture had all the typical pho meats represented plus a blood cake.

                                          1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                            I love bun bo hue, but I generally find it to be very, very greasy. Was Pho Republic's bun bo hue particularly greasy?

                                            1. re: Epicurious Esquire

                                              EE,

                                              not at all.....I saw very little grease if any on my bowl of Bun Bo Hue there at Pho Republic. This is also one of the few places that seem to give you all of the pho meats and a few extra additions. Be warned just the broth itself w/o any accoutrements is very spicy.

                                              1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                                I'm salivating.

                                                Do they have good banh xeo? My buddy Vinh's mother makes the best banh xeo I have ever had. It ranks with any food I've ever had anywhere.

                                                D-Lish!

                                                1. re: Epicurious Esquire

                                                  EE,

                                                  I am mistaken it is no longer Pho Republic but rather Pho Empire. Below is the website for the place. I don't rememebr Bahn Xeo on the menu and did not see it on the menu on the website.

                                                  http://phoempire.samsbiz.com/

                                              2. re: Epicurious Esquire

                                                There's a very good bun bo hue place in Richardson. I can't recall the name but it's at Campbell and Plano Rd.

                                          2. Hands down pho bang or pho bac in garland and richardson. best broth..not to overly sweet nor to bland. meats are tender i always get the pho dac biet when at pho bang.

                                            1. Do not go to Pho Huy at the SW corner of Main & Greenville in Richardson. I just ate there and it was disappointing.

                                              I ordered Goi Cuon. They were terribly rolled. The peanut sauce had the consistency of H2O. The nuoc mam was devoid of shredded carrots (yum!). They were bland and thoroughly unappetizing.

                                              The Pho experience was not much better. I am still astonished they put the basil on my table. It was mottled with age and looked to be at least 48 hours past acceptable condition. The jalapenos had the spice of a green bell pepper.

                                              The broth was thin and relatively flavorless, but at least it wasn't offensive in any way. I will say this - it was as fat-free as any pho broth I've ever enountered.

                                              I've had similar experiences at Pho Huy, but I was starving and it was 1015 am, so neither 1st Chinese nor King Noodle were open.

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                                              1. re: Epicurious Esquire

                                                That is truley a shame. At one time that was the best Pho in Dallas, of course there wasn't much competetion back then. That is where I had my first bowl. 10 years ago you had to get there early for lunch because it filled up, they always had more meat in the Pho than any of the other places around. I ate there a year ago and it wasn't terrible, just not the same, the broth was way to sweet.

                                                1. re: fishfry

                                                  One more thing, 1 time I walked into the kitchen on the way to the restroom and saw the giant, I mean big, kettle the broth is made in. I asked how long many batches come from the kettle and the guy said he didn't know, because they just continually added water/ bones and stuff to keep it going. Maybe it's time to drain that big ass pot.;

                                                  1. re: fishfry

                                                    My father says to never, never eat pho after 2pm. You eat pho for breakfast and into mid-day, preferably on days when it's grey and clouded over outside. But after 2pm, you're always going to get the dregs.

                                                    1. re: blessed02

                                                      I almost always eat pho before 1030. I work for myself, so I can take my "midday" meal whenever I want. There is no better way to break your fast!

                                                  2. re: fishfry

                                                    Long ago, Pho Huy used to be my Pho House of choice. I was very, very disappointed to see how far it has fallen.

                                                2. I'm not really an expert but I am in love with Pho Bistro on Frankford and Old Denton in Carrollton, next to the starbucks. They have great pho, great bun and amazing goi cuon and a similar rice paper roll with pork sausage in it - YUM - the noodles and veg are chilly and the pork sausage is nice and warm, great contrast. their peanut sauce is good enough to eat out of the bowl with a spoon. They are family owned, young couple and SUPER friendly - They'll explain anything you want to know on the menu. clean kitchen from the looks, they even have boba tea if you like it. I always get the fresh lemonade or the hot jasmine tea (served whole leaf - not tea bag) in a personal pot - Very inexpensive
                                                  blows que huoung away. their only downfall is that they don't serve banh mi - but I guess that just confirms how good the pho is. Try the house special pho with everything. yummy - think I'm gonna go for dinner tonight.

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                                                  1. re: ginger7949

                                                    They also have a location in Lewisville that is on Garden Rdige & Valley Ridge unfortunately they are always closed it seems. The hours posted aren't what they follow. I have tried going 3 times after my first initial vist...all the times closed. My wife and I now just make the trip to Carrollton (Beltline & Josey) that way if we don't want Viet we have First Chinese BBQ!!

                                                    1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                                      I think that location is shut down. I'm not 100% sure but that is my impression. By all means, it is worth the drive!!

                                                  2. Pho Que Huong in Richardson's China Town rocks. I've been to a lot of other places that only offer one kind of pho, and I guess if that's what you're used to, then you wouldn't like a choice of many different styles. But I like the variety.

                                                    They offer clear broth, like consomme', and rich broth, with lots of star anise, cinnamon, clove and ginger. Plus, you can get rice noodles, clear rice noodles or egg noodles. And their meat selection is unparalleled. You choose from any cut of beef from filet mignon to tripe, meatballs, even oxtails, plus shrimp, calamari, scallops, roast chicken, boiled chicken, or pork.

                                                    You may find pho as good somewhere else, but you will never find anything better. To all those naysayers, I say Pho Que.

                                                    1. My wife is the Pho fan and her favorite so far is at Mei Mei China at 405 Legacy Drive.
                                                      This is a combined Chinese - Vietnamese place, and she thinks this is the
                                                      best Pho we've tried yet.

                                                      1. In Carrollton try Pho Express on the south side of Beltline just east of Josey. It's a very attractive and clean restaurant and the pho is very good. It's one of my favorite comfort foods.

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                                                        1. re: Carrollton Foodie

                                                          My wife and I used to eat there all the time. We have had every place on that corner Pho Pastuer, Pho #1 (this one always changes), Pho 2006, and Pho Express. We decided on Pho 2006 after my barber said a friend of his runs the place. We couldn't be more pleased. I have to drive all the way from Lewisville to get decent pho (not as good as Garland and Arlington). They do have some very authentic dishes hidden away on their menu and more people seem to dine at 2006 than Express....don't know why they just do. The service is about the same at both. If you get to where you can order some items in Vietnamese and ask what specific food items are in Vietnamese they appreciate you more for trying.

                                                          1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                                            One year my New Year's resolution was to try every restaurant on or near the corner of Beltline/Josey, but I didn't complete my goal. I need to start working on that again. And now we have all the new places near Carrollton Plaza Supermarket and Super H Mart to add to the list, plus the Indi/Pak places. When I moved to Carrollton 20 years ago I had no idea that it would one day become foodie heaven!

                                                        2. Mr. Chopsticks is probably the worst restaurant I've ever been to. Yet protesters were weeping in the streets when the old building on Fry was being bulldozed, seemingly unaware that the new location was open for business and serving garbage as usual.

                                                          1. I had a pretty good bowl of pho last week at a place called Pho Hung in Arlington. Anyone else tried it?

                                                            Pho Hung
                                                            2216 New York Ave
                                                            Arlington, TX 76010
                                                            (817) 860-8981

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                                                            1. re: snatex

                                                              I think Oishi on Wycliff between the tollway and Maple does a pretty good job.
                                                              Has anyone tried Mangos on Midway around Spring Valley?

                                                            2. I'm still mystified at what people see in Bistro B. Some of the absolutely worst Vietnamese food that I have ever had in my life. What is up with their deconstructed bun? Their buon cuon was awful and their pho just plain bad. Awful...just awful.

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                                                              1. re: jindomommy

                                                                I am on the haters bandwagon! With all the flags and signs I think everyone gets distracted by all of that and don't focus on the food that much. La Me is not very pretty. It is cozy but they don't have any flags, but the food sure gets high praises on here.

                                                                1. re: jindomommy

                                                                  Agreed. Stopped going there after finding that Doan restaurant, which is a short distance away. Food and service is much better.

                                                                2. Pho Bang in Garland used to be the pound for pound best but they haven't a little bit in the past couple years.

                                                                  Pho Bac in Richardson is my choice now, broth is just right and the meats are all fresh and tender which reminds me of the quality pho you can get in Houston.

                                                                  1. Pho Bang (Garland) is the best on their good days, but lately Doan (across the street from Pho Bang) has been winning me over. Pho Bac (Richardson) is very good too but they are a little stingy with the meat. I sure do miss Duy Tan.

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                                                                    1. re: cissylee

                                                                      I always liked my pho proportioned evenly, one time I did the get giant bowl at pho bac and it was like Thanksgiving. You might wanna give your carnivore taste buds a chance on their biggest bowl.

                                                                    2. I really like Pho Mac in Plano at Parker Rd and Independence. Pho 95 is very good too.

                                                                      As the original poster mentioned: Houston is a Mecca for excellent Pho. I lived in Houston's down town "little Vietnam" district and excellent Pho could be found on every corner.

                                                                      I live in Dallas now and agree whole heartedly, Que Houng is not Pho. What Que Huong is serving is hot, painfully salty, powder-based grease water. They serve less and less broth/meat/shrimp/pork and increase the amount of cheap noodles. You end up with a bowl of cheap noodles and they end up with your $8.75. Avoid.

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                                                                      Pho Mac
                                                                      3100 Independence Pkwy Ste 310, Plano, TX 75075

                                                                      1. Although I like Bistro B, lately I've been going to the relatively new Pho Colonial on Frankford just east of the tollway. You can choose from an entire list of ingredients and, two bowl sizes.
                                                                        The kitchen is 100% Vietnamese and all the food is delicious. I've been seeing a lot of Asians eating there. So, thats you're first sign it's going to be good.
                                                                        I love my pho with beef tendon, meatball, and shrimp paste.

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                                                                        1. re: twinwillow

                                                                          Pho Colonial's pho is somehow worse than Pho Que Huong's, almost as foul and horrid as Bistro. The bland broth lacks any detectable beef or star anise flavor notes and is cloyingly sweet. Doesn't seem like they did a good job skimming it either as the top was pretty scummy. Also one of the most expensive bowls of pho I've ever encountered. They also charge like $8+ for a banh mi that is pretty disappointing. All things considered, it's pretty terrible and wouldn't recommend the place to anyone.

                                                                          You also gotta try Pho Bang and Doan unless you just prefer to stick around N. Dallas. Also worth mentioning Pho is for Lovers as they are producing one of the best bowls of pho in the whole area. I would put them right up there with Pho Bang and Doan. Some may like hearing that they are located south of 635.

                                                                          1. re: air

                                                                            air - Glad to hear that about Pho is for Lovers. I was excited to hear about another option that is closer to home.

                                                                            I had a really strange/awful banh mi at Pho Colonial a few months ago. Mine had an off tasting pate (either bad or pure chicken liver maybe?), bread that had a weird flavor to it (reminded me of fresh laundry for some reason), and lack of veggies/herbs that didn't seem to be marinated enough.

                                                                            Leslie Brenner just named it one of the best places for banh mi, so I wonder if it's improved.

                                                                            1. re: Webra1

                                                                              Webra, their broth is the cleaner bodied variety (like what Doan does if you've been; and if not we'd better change that.) except with meatier and bonier flavor with real subtle notes of anise. They also have a pretty interesting Korean BBQ topped banh mi.

                                                                              Pho is for Lovers is also priced appropriately for that area. In other words, a bowl there costs more than what they charge at Pho Bang/La Me etc. But as far as prices, keep in mind that unlike Colonial, I'd vouch you're truly getting what you are paying for.

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                                                                              Doan Restaurant
                                                                              3530 W Walnut St, Garland, TX 75042

                                                                              1. re: Webra1

                                                                                So I went back to Pho Colonial today for a second try since the first time was a few weeks after they opened.

                                                                                Tried the Pho for the first time. Got it with rare tenderloin. The broth was so salty I couldn't eat it. It had plenty of star anise, but so much I couldn't taste other flavors. The broth was much darker than I'm used to seeing, so maybe they had let it cook down too much. The noodles were a bit undercooked so I didn't like them. The meat was tender and decent, so I just picked it out of the soup and left the rest.

                                                                                Also tried the banh mi with deli meat and pate. The bread was better this time (no off flavor). I wish they served the bread toasted, but it was fresh. The pate was really salty and had too much chicken liver flavor for my liking. (The website says they use goose-liver. Does that ever taste like chicken liver?) Also, they shred their carrots and radishes too thin, so you can't enjoy the nice crunch and flavor of a thicker cut. The deli meat seemed liked a higher quality than most places, but it didn't really matter. They just use a small amount of plain mayo.

                                                                                My favorite place for this type of sandwich is at La Me and I was comparing it with what I like. For those that don't like that style (toasted bread, very mild and creamy pate, five spice flavored mayo, lots of thick cut, nicely marinated carrot and radish), perhaps they would prefer this one.

                                                                                1. re: Webra1

                                                                                  I think part of the problem for some is that Pho Colonial was meant to serve Caucasians. And I think their recipes possibly reflect that. Maybe that's why I've enjoyed the (few) bowls of Pho I've had there. However, I've not found them too salty for my taste.

                                                                                  As I've said, I'm more than willing to learn because I've always preferred the original ethnic variety vs. the ersatz. This weekend we're determined to suck up the smoke and visit Pho Bang or possibly, Doan.

                                                                                    1. re: twinwillow

                                                                                      I don't believe Doan is smoking or at least the two times I have been in the last two weeks have not been smokey at all.

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                                                                                      Doan Restaurant
                                                                                      3530 W Walnut St, Garland, TX 75042

                                                                                      1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                                                                        @"air". My friend and I both want to avoid smokers. I know "LewisvilleHounder" personally and have always trusted the 'Hounders opinions without question. So "air", In your opinion, do you think the pho at Doan would be just as good without the smokers as Pho Bang would be with the smokers?

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                                                                                        Doan Restaurant
                                                                                        3530 W Walnut St, Garland, TX 75042

                                                                                        Pho Bang Restaurant
                                                                                        3565 W Walnut St Ste A, Garland, TX 75042

                                                                                        1. re: twinwillow

                                                                                          If smoking is that important for you, I'd suggest just going to Doan then. Think you'd be happy with the pho at either place, but I'd say bring a big group for dinner too so you can share several dishes.

                                                                                          I also regularly go out to eat and have beers with LH and Mrs. LH if that means anything to you.

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                                                                                          Doan Restaurant
                                                                                          3530 W Walnut St, Garland, TX 75042

                                                                                          1. re: air

                                                                                            I understand. We'll probably end up at Doan if that's the case. One of my friends is very "anti-smoking". Btw, Mr. & Mrs. LH know me fairly well. I think the world of them!

                                                                                2. re: air

                                                                                  From where I live now, I can't bring myself to drive north of 635 for a bowl of pho and I like the shit out of pho. I'll drive north for FCBBQ but that's about it Asian-wise and that's why Pho Is For Lovers is a good'un for me.

                                                                                  When I lived in the White Rock area, I routinely went to Bistro B and Pho 95 which was my go-to pho place. The service at Bistro B always made me homesick for the surly service of the Chinatown restos of my youth.

                                                                                  1. re: Scagnetti

                                                                                    I can certainly appreciate and agree with the last sentence of your above post.

                                                                              2. What's the best option if you don't want to go too far from downtown or East Dallas?

                                                                                I've had excellent pho in Arlington, at both Pho Palace and Pho Pasteur.

                                                                                Pho Palace
                                                                                http://www.phopalace.com/817-274-6602...

                                                                                Pho Pasteur
                                                                                http://www.phopasteur.net/location.html

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                                                                                Pho Pasteur Restaurant
                                                                                100 W Pioneer Pkwy Ste 158, Arlington, TX 76010

                                                                                Pho Palace
                                                                                2126 S Collins St, Arlington, TX 76010

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                                                                                1. re: Benjamin.L

                                                                                  Hands down pho bang or pho bac in garland and richardson. best broth..not to overly sweet nor to bland. meats are tender i always get the pho dac biet when at pho bang!

                                                                                  1. re: Benjamin.L

                                                                                    pho bang (garland). pho bac (richardson). vietnam (east dallas close to downtown).

                                                                                  2. Ok, ok. I'll try Pho Bang, Doan, and Pho For Lovers just to see what air is raving about. I'm always willing to learn.
                                                                                    Air, do you recommend a particular order in which to try these restaurants. Not in the same day, of course.

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                                                                                    1. re: twinwillow

                                                                                      No particular order but you should probably know a couple things:

                                                                                      -Pho Bang is tiny and be prepared to rub elbows with strangers. Very divey kind of place and not good for a big group.

                                                                                      -For Doan, I would suggest going with a group (a la what you did for Nam Hua) and have dinner. I've barely scratched the surface on the menu since I've only had limited opportunity to go at night, but they have some really good dishes on that dinner menu, particularly clay pot catfish.

                                                                                      -Pho is for Lovers is mainly a take out spot meaning you will be served in disposable containers. It's also pricier, but you aren't driving out to Garland and they are using better quality beef than most pho joints in town.

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                                                                                      Doan Restaurant
                                                                                      3530 W Walnut St, Garland, TX 75042

                                                                                      1. re: air

                                                                                        Thanks. I'll try Pho Bang. I'm not afraid of "rubbing shoulders" with strangers. I'm originally from NYC.
                                                                                        I'll try it with a friend this weekend sometime. Would you like to meet us there?

                                                                                        1. re: air

                                                                                          If you can stomach mystery pig parts of undescript origin then try the Long Heo. Only cut I did not like was the liver but everything else was quite tasty. The salads are good but I would recommend the Goi Vit (Duck salad with cabbage and Vietnamese coriander) over the Goi Ngo Sen (Lotus Root Salad). The lotus root was almost non-existent compared to the Nam Hua version.

                                                                                        2. re: twinwillow

                                                                                          Hopefully Pho Bang won't be randomly closed on the day you decide to visit. It's also filled with smoking but the pho is as good as everyone says in my opinion.

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                                                                                          Pho Bang Restaurant
                                                                                          3565 W Walnut St Ste A, Garland, TX 75042

                                                                                          1. re: amokscience

                                                                                            The smoking could be a "deal breaker". I hate cigarette smoke more than "air" hates Bistro B.

                                                                                            1. re: twinwillow

                                                                                              Ah yes.. I forgot about the random closures. That happens with Pho Bang for mysterious reasons, but it hasn't happened this year yet.

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                                                                                              Pho Bang Restaurant
                                                                                              3565 W Walnut St Ste A, Garland, TX 75042

                                                                                              1. re: air

                                                                                                well, the closures aren't really random that much. they are closed during chinese new year EVERY year, and last year in september the owner's mother in vietnam passed away so they had to go over there. love, love, love pho bang!