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Best Pho Miami 2011 - Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon

710 Washington Ave.

Miami Beach, FL 33139


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Let's talk alchemy. For centuries, wizened scholars — toiling in dark cellars, their wispy gray beards flirting with flames as they cooked cauldrons of metals and spices — searched endlessly for the secret to transmuting basic elements into something new, something otherworldly. Everyone from Isaac Newton to Tycho Brahe grew obsessed with finding the key. Honestly, they should have just ordered some pho at Miss Saigon. How else to explain what happens inside the massive, steaming bowl delivered to your table at the small Vietnamese eatery on Washington Avenue (or inside its larger sister restaurants in Coral Gables and Pinecrest)? In go a few basics: unctuous broth, thick rice noodles, and chunks of raw beef or chicken, topped off at the table with a plate of basil and sprouts and squirted with bottles of fiery red hot sauce and deep-black plum sauce. Yet into your mouth goes a magically complex meal, infinitely better than the sum of its humble parts. (And a steal at $10.95 for a bowl easily big enough for two). If that's not alchemy, our name is Ptolemy.
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Ummm...minor problem with this review. I'm pretty sure that there is no connection between the two Miss Saigon Bistros in Coral Gables and Pinecrest and the Miss Saigon in Miami Beach. If you simply follow the link (to Miss Saigon Bistro) you'll notice that there are no Miami Beach locations. Apparently the link is to the wrong restaurants...