Dallas' Five Best Bowls of Pho

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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A good bowl of pho may be the most satisfying value play of all ethnic foods. You'll never pay more than $10 or so for one, and most places charge you closer to $5. But despite the low cost, good pho is satiating in every way that food can be. A big, hot bowl of savory broth will warm your insides and soothe your soul, while a hefty portion of noodles and beef will stave off hunger for hours and hours.

Here are five of Dallas' best bowls of pho. Go slurp them.

*****

Pho Pasteur (pictured above)
A large bowl of pho from this Richardson Vietnamese restaurant is plenty for all but the most ravenous of chopstick wielders. The "super" bowl, on the other hand, is big enough for bathing kittens. The massive vessel of warm clear broth will clear out your mind one sip at a time. It's restorative eating of the highest order.

*****

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Lemongrass
The lunch deal at Lemongrass in Deep Ellum offers so much more than a bowl of soup. You might think that $10.95 is a ridiculous price, but this isn't your standard bowl of pho at all. The meal starts with a small plate of chicken salad and ends with a peeled and sectioned orange. The whole thing is served on white linen table cloths, with service that matches.

The pho itself is loaded with cinnamon and star anise, which gives the soup an almost sweet characteristic. But it lacks the buzzy sodium of the pho restaurants that dominate the suburbs. This soup is made with care.

*****


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Dalat
Dalat serves pho from another planet. The broth is shifty and the flavors can vary from visit to visit, but there's a condiment bar that will let you doctor up your soup in a million directions. There's another kind of bar that offers drinks like no other pho restaurant in Dallas. Try salted, dried plums as a chaser for a tequila shot before you order your dinner. The flavors, like this restaurant, are something you're either love, or have trouble with.

Of course if it's after midnight and you're craving pho, Dalat is the only place to go. The East Dallas restaurant stays open till 2 a.m. for hangover prevention.


Location Info

Venue

Map

Pho Hop

5022 E. Belknap St., Haltom City, TX

Category: Restaurant

Rice and Wheat

4906 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Dalat

2537 N. Fitzhugh Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lemongrass

2711 Elm St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pho Pasteur Two

1342 E. Belt Line Road, Richardson, TX

Category: Restaurant

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knoncolleen
knoncolleen

Mai's has never failed me for over 20 years.

kerry.prokup
kerry.prokup

Y'all are deluded. What about Vietnam Restaurant?

commandertekki
commandertekki

How can anyone consider Hop Cafe one of the best places to get pho. I remember cock roaches in the dining area and hair in my food as a kid. You guys are tripping out with the other places too. none of these joints are even decent. You guys are so off with this review. Embarassing. And just to let you know. Hop Cafe used to get raided for illegal gambling in the back.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

I'm surprised you found a down and dirty place.  But you missed Walnut and Jupiter in Garland.  Ya'll like fru-fru bullshit, Americanized, overpriced crap.  Go into some of the places where you have to look at pictures, or, gasp, figure out a bit of Vietnamese.

 I miss Saigon Kitchen

laygo3
laygo3

Hands down, the best broth is Hu Tieu My Tho in Garland (Walnut St & Plano). Everyone I've taken there has enjoyed it immensely. I can't get enough. If you want legit, this is it. Kinda like Hop, but without the cigarettes. Just order something other than Pho & you'll be digging out a block coagulated pig blood from your dish. Their Hu Tieu is good too.

Pho Que Huong is a chain & is inconsistent. Their serving varies from place to place even though it's the same damn menu. 

Huong Ly had my heart until the mamasan decided to retire! :(

I will stake my reputation & the cost of your bowl of soup on Hu Tieu My Tho.

kirakat15
kirakat15

How do you not include Mot Hai Ba and Malai Thai & Vietnamese Kitchen?  The broth in the pho at Malai is so good you could eat it without anything added to it.

lisareneemerito
lisareneemerito

Have you even had good pho?  Dalat isn't pho - it's ramen.  Bland ramen.    


For the best in Dallas, eat where the Vietnamese eat it.  Go to Pho 95 in the same shopping center as Hong Kong Market.  Walnut @   Audelia.

itchyjack
itchyjack

I know Chef Fearing supposedly likes Pho Pasteur, so maybe you're trying to get on his good side, but if he's been there recently I bet he's been as equally unimpressed as I have been.  As that was the first in your review - can't take you seriously.  

tkmbiz
tkmbiz

According to the article, this is Dallas' 5 best places for pho.   May I remind the author that Haltom City is not Dallas...it can't even be construed as close to Dallas.  Fort Worth has their own alternative weekly.  Save the western most extremities of the metroplex to their dining pleasures.  Sure there is another Viet choice more centrally located a suitable.

tkmbiz
tkmbiz

According to the article, this is Dallas' 5 best places for pho.   May I remind the author that Haltom City is not Dallas...it can't even be construed as close to Dallas.  Fort Worth has their own alternative weekly.  Save the western most extremities of the metroplex to their dining pleasures.  Sure there is another Viet choice more centrally located a suitable.

Hobobonobo
Hobobonobo

@lisareneemerito Agreed. DALAT??!?!? Ya'll got paid. That is the only way I can legitimize your choices. You named one good Pho restaurant, Pasteur. The rest...someone got into your pocket books.

Nictacular
Nictacular

@tkmbiz Or, you know, you could take a small drive and check out one of the best areas for Vietnamese and Thai cuisine/culture in the area.

Or not...

notmadeomoney
notmadeomoney

@tkmbiz Garland/Richardson isn't "Dallas" either, but if you want the best Vietnamese anything in the Metroplex, just cruise down Walnut St.

gm0622
gm0622

@tkmbiz  

It really doesn't matter, now that the Metroplex has sprawled. If the food is good, I will drive to the restaurant. Don't care where it is, Maybe you should just stay in your SMU neighbourhood and isolate.

The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley
The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley

@tkmbiz Your thoughts are so important you had to post them twice?  Perhaps you should check the Observers' circulation map before pissing all over a place because its geography isn't a perfect match with your weekly alt rag of choice. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@Nictacular @tkmbiz Nict, that would be Garland, and, not one Garland restaurant is mentioned.  Garland has the biggest and most concentrated Vietnamese community in the area, and no Garland.  Walnut (not Walnut Hill) is a goldmine, from Audelia to Jupiter  there are scores to choose from, Cheap, authentic, good

tcwilco
tcwilco

@notmadeomoney @scottindallas @Nictacular @tkmbiz 

The best Pho is at Pho Bang (walnut and jupiter) and its consistent everytime. Don't forget Pho Que Huoung ( legacy and 75). If you want a huge variety of different choices, go to Bistro B and La Mei (Audelia  and walnut)

notmadeomoney
notmadeomoney

@scottindallas @Nictacular @tkmbiz So, Scott, as someone who lives down the road in Garland and doesn't know enough about Vietnamese food to tell the difference between General Tso and a California Roll (ignorance pun fully intended), where IS the best bowl of pho?

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