11.04.2010

In Love With Pho

Pho Chicken at Pho Lemongrass, Coolidge Corner
Pho is a somewhat recent new favorite of mine (I'd within the last few years or so?) and lately it seems, I can't get enough of it.  It's pure comfort in a bowl with a splash of fun mixed in.  The comfort part comes from the warm noodley goodness swishing around inside the confines of a giant bowl.  The fun part comes with all the sauces (there were a trio of them, two were hot, one sweet) and the toppings (Thai basil and fresh lime wedges) that I get to play around with.  It makes me feel all sort of "mad scientisty" whenever I eat it.  "A pinch of this, and a couple drops of this...and, gasp! what would happen if I through in more basil?!"  It's the simple things in life that can make a person giddy, isn't it?

Pho Lemongrass, Coolidge Corner
Pho Lemongrass is one of my new favorite spots to get a piping hot bowl of Pho.  With a bright blue awning decorated with Vietnamese characters on it, it sits right on Harvard Street in the heart of Coolidge Corner.  The place itself seats a large crowd and is usually pretty packed.   It has that "hole-in-the-wall" type feel to it (and I mean that affectionately!) with sort of no-frills dining atmosphere that's just honest to goodness good and set at a reasonable price (a bowl of the chicken Pho that I always get sets you back about $8).  The food comes out promptly and I like to take my time, adding a bit of this and that, giving it a taste, and then adding a bit more.  I like my Pho spicy and I like to eat it with chopsticks, challenging my balance and skill with holding onto slippery noodles and then slurp up the broth, not missing a single drop.


So this post begs me to ask the question, where else in Boston have you had good Pho?


Pho Lemongrass on Urbanspoon

10 comments:

Lara @ GoodCookDoris said...

I really like Pho Viet at the Super 88 in Allston. Inexpensive, gigantic, and delicious!

Of course I love pho for the same reasons you do :) All the extras on the side and the ability to customize!

Anonymous said...

For the past two years, Le's Vietnamese in Allston was a staple in my life.

Sadly I no longer live in Boston, my happy two years as a grad student are up and I am in DC. But OH how I love my pho:)

Boston Food Diary said...

YAY for Pho!!!!! I had it tonight- its such comforting food...esp nice and spicy!

Emily said...

Le's in Harvard Square (also Allston and Newton) is great for inexpensive Pho. My husband tries to wrangle a trip there anytime we are within a 1/2 mile radius! I'll have to check this place out,too!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Pho is such great comfort food for rainy days like today. TGIF!

rebeany said...

http://phopasteurboston.net/ it doesn't get better than this.

The Small Boston Kitchen said...

Thanks for the Pho recommendations! I'm on a huge Pho kick...keep 'em coming!

nikki said...

Pho is amazing comfort food. I haven't eaten Boston Pho, but I've made a great pot of it at home using a hearty mushroom stock...

Betsy said...

Great reviews, I have been looking for good pho!

dave said...

Two places I always end up:

Pho Viet in Super 88 and Pho Pasteur in Chinatown. I end up at Pho Viet more often just because I live in the area but Pho Pasteur is definitely up there too!

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