The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Pho

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Chicken pho ready to go at our No. 3 pick.
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants.

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Cafe TH makes regular beef pho, but it also makes vegan pho too.
5. Cafe TH

Cafe TH wasn't always known for its pho; it used to be a standard banh mi shop in Old Chinatown until owner Minh Nguyen took over and started revamping the menu. These days, it features an array of Vietnamese favorites, including an anise-perfumed pho rich with beef stock and even a vegan pho made with veggie broth and tofu.

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4. Pho One

Robb Walsh named Pho One the best pho in Houston back in 2009, and the little family-run shop on Wilcrest near Westheimer is still going strong today. Owner Kim Oanh Vu comes from a famous pho family, who owned one of the most famous noodle shops in Saigon in the 1960s called Pho Tau Bay. Vu's father ran the equally successful chain of Pho Tau Bay restaurants in New Orleans before Katrina hit. When the family relocated to Houston afterward, they brought all of their pho-making skills with them to Pho One -- and Houston pho fans have been grateful ever since.


Location Info

Cafe TH

2108 Pease St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pho One

11148 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pho Ga Dakao

11778 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pho Danh

11209 Bellaire, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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Corey
Corey

I'm partial to pho tau bay, but what do I know..

EricS
EricS

While Pho Binh on Beemer deserves high praise, don't sleep on their Bellaire location, Pho Binh by Night. Pho with a side of bone marrow and open til 2am? Yes, please

Dlejune
Dlejune

BTW, does anyone know where the Vietnamese word Pho comes from?  When the French were occupying the country, it became the language of choice (bien sur!), and the French phrase describing the soup the natives cooked is "pot au feu" (pronounced "pot-O-phaa"), and they shortened it to "Fa."

Dlejune
Dlejune

My favorite is duck pho, and the only place to get it is Kim Tai, the Duong Family's little dive at Fannin/McGown.  Mama Kim makes the dark brown stock with some tree bark (among a bunch of other roots and stuff nobody but a Viet Momma would put in there...).  You can get rice or egg noodles...

Sergfx@hotmail.com
Sergfx@hotmail.com

Pho DAhn has been my spot for ten years. They serve nothing else. Now the secrete is put. Thanks. It going to be a lot more packed.

RatzoRizzo
RatzoRizzo

There's a Pho Binh now at Westheimer and Fountainview. Seems like the first Viet in the Galleria area so it's especially welcome.

Beeftip
Beeftip

Bellaire is gone; it wasn't the same family and sucked fairly prominently.

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