I’ve been spending more and more time over the past year eating in Vietnamese restaurants. On a cold winter afternoon, a big bowl of pho is quite comforting. Of course there is a vast array of other dishes too, and it’s always fun to explore. In 2012, the results were 1) Pho Van, 2) Ha & VL, 3) Luc Lac. For 2011 they were 1) Pho Van, 2) Silk, 3) HA&VL, 4) Pho An.
Here are the results from 2013:
1. Pho Van Restaurant – 21% of the vote. Map
- 1919 Southeast 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR (503) 788-5244
- 11651 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton, OR 97005
2. Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen – 16%. 835 Southwest 2nd Avenue Portland, OR 97204 Map (503) 222-0047
A regular at the Hawthorne Pho Van, I was surprised to learn this week they will be closing that location for good tomorrow (8/31)!
I’m sad to see it go….
Food Dude says
Wow, that’s good to know. Thanks!
Brian d'Arc says
At the risk of further irritating all of the people who are already waiting in line for a table at 11:30 a.m., Vivis in Hillsboro is tough to beat. Her pho is pretty good, but the bun is truly out of this world– better than I’ve had anywhere– and I eat LOTS of Vietnamese food! The restaurant has become so popular over the last few years she bought the building next door to expand. Order B9– the Super Bowl!
Oh man, much as I hate to say it (for same reason you had, Brian), Vivi’s cannot be beat! LOVE thier pho. My go to dish is their pho ga which is made with organic chicken. But their specialty, IMHO, is the B3, a unique pho broth that is made with a “thick, spicy broth flavored with garlic, lemongrass, peanuts and chili.” I stole that off the menu I have in my office because I knew no other way to describe it. It’s a bowl of perfection. Yes, the bun is excellent, too. To top it all off, the entire staff is terrific, especially the owner. I did not know they were expanding–best news I’ve heard in awhile!
Vivi bun or dried noodle is so thin and chewy…not traditional one..not authentic
Thanks for the head’s up on Vivi’s. I appreciate it. I have been looking for a pho place that doesn’t use MSG and not having much luck. I love pho but not a swollen face the next day or even two. Vivi’s doesn’t use it in any of their dishes.
If anyone knows any other pho places or other asian restaurants that don’t use MSG, I’d appreciate it if you would let me know. Thank you.