Boston offers some of the best pho restaurants. Whether you are looking for an affordable lunch, take out or Vietnamese comfort food, pho, a noodle soup featuring everything from meat to veggies, is a flavorful choice. The following locations offer their own signature take on the soup, and they all serve it with traditional accompaniments like basil and lime.
Pho and I
267 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Pho and I, House of Noodle and Rice offers dining in, take-out, catering and delivery. Located in the Symphony area, near the Back Bay, it serves the Vietnamese soup with a choice of rice noodles or egg noodles accompanied by scallions, cilantro, onions, bean sprouts, basil and lime. Pho varieties include chicken, beef, tofu and veggie, or seafood. Another standout on the menu is the Tom Kah Noodle Soup. Featuring rice noodles, chicken and shrimp in a coconut milk soup, it’s flavored with galanga, lime juice, lemongrass, fresh mushrooms, tomatoes, scallions and cilantro. It’s bursting with flavor for only $8.95.
177 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Located right in the Back Bay is Pho Basil, a go-to spot for visitors and locals. Head here for both Vietnamese cuisine and Thai food. Signature dishes include the Saigon noodle, pad thai, pho ga and tom yum noodle soup. Pho favorites include the duck noodle soup or the rib curry noodle soup with braised pork ribs in tomato curry broth with sour mustard, quail egg, dry chili, fried scallion and fried garlic topped with cilantro and scallion for $11.95. The pho soups are served with sliced onion, scallion and cilantro, with white noodle or yellow noodles, along with fresh bean sprouts, basil leaves and lime wedges on the side.
137 Brighton Ave.
Allston, MA 02134
Le’s Vietnamese cuisine offers a little bit of everything to the Allston area. There are appetizers perfect for sharing, salads, soups, noodle dishes, rice plates, plus entrees featuring beef, chicken, pork, fish or veggies. The signature dish is the noodle soup: pho hoac mi. Le’s recipe includes beef, chicken or seafood with scallions, onions and cilantro offered with your choice of white (pho) or yellow (mi) noodles. The soups come with bean sprouts, fresh basil, sliced limes and green chili pepper on the side. Nosh on Le’s beef specialty noodle soup that has sliced rare eye round, well done brisket, flank, tendon and tripe.
1095 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Also in Allston is Pho Viet’s. Warm up with any of the pho hoac mi (noodles soups), including the pho bo vien, which features beef meatball for under $7. This spot also has a fish-ball noodle soup, chicken or sliced beef pho as well. There are even Vietnamese sandwiches, spring rolls and rice plates like the grilled lemongrass sliced pork on the menu, among the many options.
239 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02446
For a pho fix in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner area, award-winning Pho Lemongrass has all of the Vietnamese favorites. It has classics including vegetable pho with assorted veggies in chicken or vegetable broth. But it even has additional options like brisket pho, salmon or shrimp soups for $8.75. Similar to the other spots, Pho Lemongrass offers a choice in noodles and serves the soups with bean sprouts, Asian basil and lime.
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