10 Best Bowls of Pho in Metro Phoenix

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Nina Gruber
A Vietnamese dish incorporating Chinese flavors and French style, pho is a beef broth soup of rice noodles, vegetables, and meat. Typically accompanied by garnishes, sides, and sauces, this meal is an interactive experience in which you, the eater, choose your own destiny of taste. You could do a bit more hoisin sauce for a sweet and savory soup, or a dash of sriracha on top of those bean sprouts, or even just plain and simple with a light squeeze of a lime.

A derivative of the French pot-au-feu, or classic beef stew, the Vietnamese have made this soup their own, as is expressed in the many restaurants offering these hefty bowls around the Valley. Here are 10 of the best.

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Nina Gruber
Da Vang
With an extensive menu including both Thai and Vietnamese options, Da Vang is a family-friendly restaurant with big tables and a bright atmosphere to complement the flavors put into their dishes. The pho, offering only the traditional beef broth, is full of flavor without being too heavy or greasy, only enhanced further by the addition of hoisin sauce and sriracha. Huge pieces of bok choy rest on the ample serving of rice noodles, with offered toppings of lemon and dandelion leaves in addition to the standard bean sprouts, basil, and jalapeños. Accompany this with coconut water straight from the coconut and you'll be set.


Location Info

Khai Hoan Restaurant

1537 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pho Thanh Restaurant

1702 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Unphogettable

66 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Da Vang

4538 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Rice Paper

2221 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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24 comments
solomonczar
solomonczar

Not a great list. Any place that excludes Pho 43, Pho Binh Minh and Maximun has no business existing. 

cliffordjwong
cliffordjwong

1) The writer is absentminded for not posting addresses for each restaurant.  2) Considering there are only like 11 Pho shops in Metro Phoenix, this list was easy. 


I think Da Vang and Khai Hoan are the two top places.  unPhogettable is absolutely forgettable.  Tea Lite Cafe is a joke and preys on the people who want to eat "Viet food" and don't know any better that what they're eating is absolute shit.  Seriously, Tea Lite Cafe gives people a disgraceful impression of Vietnamese food.  Rice Paper is not only a rip off, tastes terrible (overcooked meat) and only exists because it is trendy. 

Scott Hecker
Scott Hecker

Whoever wrote this has obviously never been to Maxim. Da Vang doesn't hold a candle to them.

Kristie Taylor
Kristie Taylor

Where's Saigon Nites in Scottsdale off of Hayden Road? They have some of the BEST and hottest (ceramic bowl hot) broth and spring rolls plus they offer options like tripe and tendon which Tea Light Cafe does not? Shouldn't this article be for authentic versions of Pho? Pho Van down near Lee Lee's I agree with....but even Pho Cao near Rural Road & 202 beats Tea Light Cafe...Viet Kitchen beats Tea Light Cafe too altho not as good as Pho Cao and certainly not as tasty as Saigon Nites....makes me wonder about the authenticity of the article to be honest cuz I just can't see Tea Light being a top 10 for the soup itself. Looking at the past articles of the Author, is she even a foodie? Just my 0.02 cents

Douglas Taylor
Douglas Taylor

I'm sorry but the reviewer must be high. Stop, just stop.

Jennifer Vo
Jennifer Vo

I don't know how well that works with my diet.....eh heck. There's no such thing as a "diet" in my book.. I wonder if this is graded on "Viet-Asian Standard" or "American Standard". lol

Miss Macy
Miss Macy

So are we going to these restaurants the next 10 weeks?

Jennifer Vo
Jennifer Vo

Miss Macy, Matt Roedig, Jasmine Tang

Sydney Rea
Sydney Rea

Joey Rea Maria 'sayPlease' Fonseca

Anna Funkhouser
Anna Funkhouser

Although some of these places are delicious more people should know about Pho Binh Minh it is a hidden gem.

Steve
Steve

Good list, I'd add the two Tottie's restaurants in Scottsdale (Thomas/Hayden, Lincoln/Scottsdale) to the list. Though they aren't specifically vietnamese restautants or pho shops they do produce a really good pho with fresh vegetables and sauces to add. They've been a go-to spot for me for pho for years--but not when it's 108 outside. 

Ty Nguyen
Ty Nguyen

I dont know about the Chinese Flavors though. Pho is strictly vietnamese flavors and french style

Amy Haack
Amy Haack

There's a few on that list that we still need to try!

chefbigjon
chefbigjon

Any list that doesn't include Maxim on 19th Ave and Osborn is incomplete. I have had this dish all of the country and their broth is the best I have ever tasted.

catchingcrumbs
catchingcrumbs

you guys need to get west of I-17 more often.  little saigon in downtown glendale deserves a spot on this list for sure.  

a year ago they were on your 10 Favorite Vietnamese Restaurants in Greater Phoenix list.

reader's choice 2010 Best Vietnamese Restaurant: Little Saigon

we're they even visited for this list?


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