Where to Find Miami's Best Pho

Hy Vong doesn't serve its soup ($10) with a side of sprouts, chilies, and herbs. All of its toppings — a heaping pile of fried shallots, cilantro, basil, onion, and bean sprouts — arrive inside the bowl. Want chopsticks? You have to ask for them. Otherwise, you'll get a spoon and fork.

Indeed, things work a bit differently here. But Hy Vong makes up for its idiosyncrasies with its broth. The delicious liquid is nearly translucent — yellow-tinged and scented with star anise. Beneath the surface, short ribs are rich and tender. Medium-size noodles coil around hunks of those crisp, golden shallots. This is the best pho in Miami because it proffers a variety of textures and flavors — a perfect triumvirate of earthy, salty, and sweet.

Hy Vong's pho
Hy Vong's pho
Hy Vong's pho and interior.
Hy Vong's pho and interior.

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Hy Vong

3458 SW Eighth St.
Miami, FL 33135

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: Central Dade

Pho Thang

9539 SW 160th St.
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: Cutler Bay/Palmetto Bay

Oak Tavern

35 NE 40th St.
Miami, FL 33137

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

Green Papaya

16896 NW 67th Ave.
Hialeah, FL 33015

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: West Dade

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Still, people obsess over its authenticity — constantly drawing comparisons among other cities, other cooks, and other bowls. So what's up with all the debate? Ask Hy Vong owner Kathy Manning, who worked with a church group in Vietnam during the '70s and has visited regularly ever since: "Vietnam is just like here," she says, chuckling as if she's been asked this question many times before. "Good cooking always has the element of individuality."

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Lovely
Lovely

Pho Brandon, 2692 N University in Broward, at lunchtime. Damn good soup and a damn fine gentleman.

thinker
thinker

pho3- thanks for the recommendations- i will check them out. 

I have gone to Miss Saigon in Coral Gables and they have excellent pho and excellent service. 



Pho3
Pho3

I agree with thinker.   Hy Vong has horrible service, especially waiting for tables for 30-45 min standing outside on 8th street is not my ideal dining experience.   I've been there few times,  It takes forever to just get your drinks and the menu, then once you order, you wait another 30 min.  So not worth to be your top Pho place.       Oak Tavern in DD?  Come on...   I love that restaurant for Oysters and other tapas plates and awesome drinks, but Pho?   No way it's authentic.

I have been to pretty much all Pho places on East Coast, from Virginia, Boston, New York.

The writer forgot to mention following Pho places: (Not all of them are in Miami, but worth the drive)

In order of my favorite:

1. Pho 79 on 6451 Sterling Road, Davie, FL   By far the most authentic Pho.  In fact, they only have Pho on their menu.  This is as good as it gets in Miami area Pho.

2. Miss Saigon on 710 Washington Ave, Miami Beach.   This is the best Pho option if you live on the beach.   This is a sister restaurant of Miss Saigon on Coral Gables.

3. Little Saigon restaurant in 16752 N Miami Ave, North Miami Beach.  Although this is a Vietnamese-Chinese restaurant, they have pretty good Pho.

3.  3 Chefs Restaurant on 1800 Biscayne Blvd.   If you live near Edgewater, Midtown, this is your place.   

4. Pho 78 on 7849 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines.  This is also very authentic place.  Like other Pho places, it's within a strip mall. 

5. Noodle House on 4461 N State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes, FL.  This is a complete Vietnamese restaurant.   Nice choice if you live in Broward. 




thinker
thinker

yes, Hy Vong has great food, but once was enough to sit through their wait and lack of customer service -its not a service to folks to recommend them to a place where who knows what happens, what you might or might not get on your plate and how long you have to wait. if you have three hours to spare to wait for a plate of food-then so be it . 




 
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