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MarkG Feb 2, 2014 12:56 AM

what is best and why??

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  1. ibew292 RE: MarkG Feb 2, 2014 06:37 AM

    Best?? We start again. I happen to like Pho Tau Bay. Great broth, slightly chewy Tendon, and abundance of Basil and sprouts.

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      SmartCookie RE: MarkG Feb 2, 2014 06:41 AM

      I don't think much has changed since the last lengthy thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7677...

      Here's a recent Strib article on the subject:


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        stymie RE: MarkG Feb 2, 2014 12:11 PM

        #509 on the menu at Quang is a delicious alternative to traditional pho. A mix of meat and seafood and a crispy shrimp fritter served with side of basil and sprouts. A second broth served on the side but I just pour it in the bowl. Add a griiled sausage spring roll and you're set.

        1. phokingood RE: MarkG Feb 3, 2014 11:51 AM

          PTB is top notch. Good Broth and Noodles. a little skimpy on the meat fixings.

          Quang's for the broth

          Pho79 for the fixings

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            discus RE: phokingood Mar 8, 2014 08:21 AM

            I used to swear by Pho 79, because their broth was easily heads and shoulders above the rest. Recently, the broth has dropped in quality but increased in salt. Now, it's Pho Tau Bay for me.

            I also support PTB because they spend more time keeping their restaurant clean. Quang is the worst in terms of hygiene. I feel like even my shoes need booties.

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            kevin47 RE: MarkG Feb 3, 2014 10:38 PM

            I like Ngon for the complexity of the broth and the quality of the ingredients, but also the consistency. With other places, you get a different experience each time, depending on time of day, what gets scooped into the bowl, etc.

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              phokingood RE: kevin47 Feb 4, 2014 08:40 AM

              Ngon is one place I'm really looking forward to trying particularly for the quality ingredients they use.

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              DukeFan RE: MarkG Mar 8, 2014 06:15 PM

              I have Quang top and Pho 79 just behind.

              One other very good spot is La Belle Vie on 9th and Marqueete with has a great broth and several great ingredient options.

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                KTFoley RE: DukeFan Mar 8, 2014 06:50 PM

                Sorry, can you explain? La Belle Vie is well-known at 510 Groveland. What's at 9th and Marquette?

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                  ChillyDog RE: KTFoley Mar 8, 2014 11:44 PM

                  Manny's & The Melting Pot

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                    KTFoley RE: ChillyDog Mar 9, 2014 07:38 AM

                    Sorry, still confused! DukeFan said "One other very good spot is La Belle Vie on 9th and Marqueete with has a great broth and several great ingredient options."

                    Neither Manny's nor The Melting Pot have pho, do they? What's at 9th and Marquette that would have pho?

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                    DukeFan RE: KTFoley Mar 9, 2014 08:17 AM

                    my bad i meant la belle crepe... its a hole in the wall just off the skyway

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                      kriminalrat RE: DukeFan Mar 9, 2014 09:14 AM

                      La belle crepe makes a decent banh mi also. They get baguettes from que nha.

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                        kriminalrat RE: kriminalrat Mar 9, 2014 11:54 AM

                        Correction....trung nam

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                      mull0263 RE: KTFoley Mar 14, 2014 10:54 AM

                      I'm guessing they meant La Belle Crepe downtown - they serve pho.

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                        ChillyDog RE: mull0263 Mar 14, 2014 10:56 PM

                        Yes. See above.

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                    kriminalrat RE: MarkG Mar 9, 2014 09:17 AM

                    Pho Phwam at her kitchen in the hmong village. They add crispy pork belly that puts it over the top. Best value in MSP.

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                      DukeFan RE: kriminalrat Mar 9, 2014 10:54 AM

                      agree. though my favorite dish by far at Hmong village is the pad khee mao from the thai window

                    2. BillyP RE: MarkG Mar 14, 2014 08:55 AM

                      I still love trieu chau on University at (almost dale)

                      They have a very flavorful broth- lots of noodles. Plenty of basil.

                      I also like the chicken pho there- it comes with lots of stirfried vegetables in it.

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                        madelodactyl RE: MarkG Jun 11, 2014 03:39 PM

                        What about My Huang Kitchen or Pho Quan? Both on Nicollet.

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