April 11, 2016

The Pho-Files: Our Guide to the Pho ‘Round Town

When lunchtime rolls around at Superhuman, one word comes up most: pho. There’s nothing like some hot noodle soup full of fresh herbs to warm our bellies for the afternoon.

Grant points out some of the advantages of pho. “Overall I like how the price of pho is reasonable, unlike ramen. Also it doesn’t leave me feeling as bloated and dehydrated.” Drew has been unable to stop coming up with wordplay for talking about pho. “We’ve had pho so many times in the last three months that I can’t stop coming up with puns including ‘pho’… I’m sure it’s pho-nnoying for everyone!”

Here are the notes from our quest for the town’s best pho.


The jumbo at iPho is truly as big as a sink


It’s great for pho-to opps

iPho Saigon
“The best Vietnamese restaurant in town. Minneapolis peeps are missing out if they never go to St. Paul. Everything is great here, including the service. The pho comes in four sizes, including jumbo. Always tastes fresh and the beef is sliced to perfection.” – Van

“Overall best pho I’ve had. Dumplings are solid, noodles and broth are great.” – Grant


“iPho in St Paul is easily one of my top recommendations for a great pho experiences. I went with a large, which was more than enough for me. But I instantly regretted not ordering the jumbo when I saw a huge bowl of goodness placed in front of Van. Could have gone swimming in it!  ” – Drew

“This pho was tasty and just about perfect. Loved the egg roll too.” – Becky


Chicken pho and egg roll at iPho


Chicken pho at Quang

“Probably the most well-known Vietnamese joint in town. Good pho. Quality can fluctuate. I’ve had great pho and mediocre bowls here.” – Van

“They have the best dumplings in their pho.” – Grant

“Quang is my mainstay. I love their chicken pho. I’m there at least once a week.” – Becky


Beef and lemongrass at Pho Hoa

Pho Hoa
“This is a global chain on Eat Street but there’s no locations in Vietnam. What? Really solid. Fast service. They have a parking lot.” – Van

“They have my favorite broth in the spicy lemongrass pho.” – Grant

“The spicy lemongrass pho at Pho Hoa on Nicollet is pho-nominal! Good stuff. ” – Drew

“Their egg rolls are extra good here. The chicken pho is good, but needs a good shake of hot sauce.” – Becky

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Steak pho at Bep


“Bep is a tiny place in the skyway of downtown Minneapolis with surprisingly great pho. Their pho is up there as the best in town with iPho. Rumor has it they are looking for a second location. This would be awesome as their pho needs to be unleashed on the masses.” – Van

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Pho Tau Bay

And some more deep cuts from Van’s pho-journal:

Pho Tau Bay
“Located at the end of Eat Street so it’s often forgotten, which might be why the hipsters dig this hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Really good. They also have a parking lot.”

Ngon Vietnamese Bistro
“This Vietnamese-French restaurant is a cool spot. Overall, great food and drinks. I asked for hoisin sauce once and they gave me a tiny bowl. I’m like ‘where da bottle?’ They fancy, huh.”

Trieu Chau
“Located in St. Paul on University Avenue, their pho is up there for one of the best in town. Really, really good. Gets busy with Vietnamese folks, which is a good sign.”

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