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How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 02/19/09 9:08 AM
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When I lived in Seattle there were almost as many pho places as Starbucks.

The place I liked, Pho Bac, in the International district charged about $5.00 for a huge bowl.

Yesterday in Amherst, Massachusetts, I paid $9.00 for a decent sized, but very tasty, bowl.

How much is a good bowl of pho in your neck of the woods?


Price to beat:



... at Epcot at Disney World.  (No, I did not indulge.)

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 02/19/09 9:16 AM
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Around $5-$7 in the Dallas / Frisco area... The wife and I like to go and eat it to "carb up" the night before a race..

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 02/19/09 9:18 AM
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I've eaten at a few very high-end places on special occasions, but I have never encountered a $17.99 bowl of soup!

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 02/19/09 9:22 AM
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They're getting about $7.95 at Fire Bowl here in Austin. What kinda fool would pay 17 bucks for a bowl of soup?

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 02/19/09 1:04 PM
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.. about $6.00 - 8.00 at Pho Thanh Hoai here in Sayerville NJ...

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 02/19/09 1:20 PM
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Seattle for me too Gregg.  Was typically in the 4.50-7.00 zone depenfing on toppings.
 
$17.99 is outright robbery!

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 02/19/09 1:46 PM
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I have never paid more than $8 for a bowl of Po.

$17.99 is nuts.

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 02/19/09 2:15 PM
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That must have been 1 helluva bowl of PHO

Here it is $6.99 for a decent sized bowl

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 02/19/09 2:16 PM
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I pay $10.25 for a regular size or $12.00 for a large in Chattanooga.  But I'm not complaining.  It's delicious and this spotless restaurant got a 99 on it's most recent health inspection (100 last time). 

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 02/19/09 8:17 PM
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$5.75 for regular bowl........$6.45 for a large bowl at Pho 75 in Philadelphia....and always good

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Mon, 02/23/09 1:28 PM
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While it's hard to find here, a local place called the "Noodle House" has a good bowl of Pho for about $7.00.  I love the stuff!  Not cajun, but soothing and filling!
 
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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Sun, 04/12/09 1:27 AM
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The Seattle area does have about as many Pho houses as Starbucks, Thai places or large slugs crawling out at night. The $5.00 to $7.00 is about right. There's one in Bellevue which wants to catch your eye and imagination with its name.

It's called, "What the Pho."

Since "pho" is pronounced, "pha" rather than sounding out the "o", one can imagine the gasps and giggles than garnishes.

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Sun, 04/12/09 4:13 AM
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It's $8.75 for a large (and it's HUGE!!!) bowl at my favorite spot in Ottawa.

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Sun, 04/12/09 5:40 AM
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They prob. fly the pho in can't use local epcot pho you know lmao.

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Sun, 04/12/09 7:50 AM
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Pho 75 in Herndon, VA charges around 8 bucks for a large "special" w/meatballs added. 

A buck fifty more and you get a great iced coffee...a perfect companion for a nice spicy bowl of Pho!!

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Mon, 04/13/09 3:06 PM
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I think the pertinent question is the price of pho in Orlando.   I'd wait until I left the park before paying Micky Mouse that price!

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Mon, 04/13/09 7:20 PM
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In Milwaukee and Buffalo, between $5 (for small) and $8-$9 (for large).

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Tue, 04/14/09 1:25 PM
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Yesterday I had a bowl of pho with fried tofu and my husband had pho with meatballs. Mine was $5.50, his was $6.00. 
Large bowls with more herbs and sprouts than we could eat. It was excellent. 

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Wed, 04/15/09 10:08 AM
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In Houston for a large bowl, it goes from 5.95 for chicken or one type of meat, to 6.95 for a combination of all meats.  I also am a Pho fan.  I go at least once a week for lunch.
 
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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 04/16/09 3:17 PM
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     Pho what, Big deal.

The only pho I ever ordered was around 4$.  This was in Waterford Mi in 2003.

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 10/15/09 10:30 PM
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There's one street in Sac with about 50 Vietnamese places.  Anywhere from 4.50 for a small to 8.95 for a huge large.

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 10/22/09 3:11 AM
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Wow am I late to the party. Wheregregeats, sadly, the days of $5.00 bowls of pho are pretty much gone, especially in Seattle. At Pho Bac, we raised our prices this year and now charge $6.50 for a small, $7.50 for a large including tax. Every other pho joint around town seems to land at around this price point.  

The reason being is that beef prices have skyrocketed over the past couple of years. Margins are already pretty thin and rising prices are making it more difficult to cover costs...even in a recession, go figure. So paying $9 for a really good bowl of pho is not at all unreasonable. Cheers. 

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 10/22/09 6:30 PM
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I put my head in here to tell you that every time I see the thread title, the intro to 'How Soon is Now' starts burbling in my head, but now I'm blown away that even Disney has the cojones to charge $17.99 for pho.  What the pho, indeed.

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Fri, 10/23/09 12:48 AM
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I don't think I've ever eaten a bowl of Pho. There were several places in Fresno when I left 11 years ago but I never stopped in. Next time I get down towards DC I'll try one.

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Fri, 10/23/09 6:36 AM
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Mike why not make your own....There is another Pho thread around here somewhere...I've posted my recipe for making what I think is some of the best Pho I've ever tasted! The recipe was given to me by a good friend, Sunny. He is a Vietnamese cook... I can't seem to find the thread so at the risk of hijacking this one I'll re-post the recipe here.

Pho

4lbs Oxtails

2- Slices of beef shank (these are the 1 inch thick slices you can get in most ethnic markets, be sure they have the big marrow bone in the middle)

1- 3 inch piece of unpeeled ginger

1- Large onion unpeeled and cut in half

1/3 cup of Fish Sauce (taste once broth is cooked, I always add a bit more and so does he)

9- Star Anise

5- whole cloves

1- 3 inch cinnamon stick

1 1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds

3 fresh bay leaves (I use dried and mine always turns out great)

1- tablespoon of salt (I use Kosher salt)

Broth:

Put the oxtails and the beef shank slices in a large pot, cover them with water and bring to a boil. Boil them for about 1 minute, drain them and rinse the meats with cool water. (I sometimes soak the oxtails in salted water for an hour or so before this step. Helps to eliminate even more of the scum that will form)

Wipe the pot clean, and put the meats back into the pot. Cover the meats by 4 inches of water, you should use just over a gallon and a half. Bring to a full boil again, reduce heat to a fast simmer, if there is scum skim it it.

Take the ginger and the onion and put them under the broiler, burn them, you want a nice char on all sides. Takes about 15 to 20 minutes depending on your broiler. Let them cool, and then rinse them under the faucet to remove most of the char. Chop the ginger into a couple pieces and through the ginger and the onion halves into the pot along with the Fish Sauce and 1 tablespoon of salt.

Put the cloves, star anise, and cinnamon stick into a dry sauté pan over medium heat, and toast them. (When I can smell them and they've slightly darkened they are done) Add them to the pot along with the fennel seeds (I've tried to toast the fennel seeds and they pop and I usually loose about half of them so I don't toast them anymore)and the bay leaves.

Now my friend ties the spices up in a nice little cheesecloth bundle, I don't, because I strain the broth anyway.

Reduce the heat to a low simmer and let the whole thing go for about four hours or so uncovered. You ultimately end up with about 3 quarts or so. Remove the spices and the meats, if you tied the spices up in a bundle let the pot continue to simmer while the meats cool. If not then strain the broth and return it to the pot and continue simmering while the meats cool.

When the meats have cooled pull the meat from the bones. Set the meat aside and put the bones back into the broth, simmer for about another hour or until the broth is nice and rich, it will seem like it is ever so slightly thickened. At this point remove the broth from the heat, add the meats, let the whole thing cool and refrigerate over night.

Now we are ready to de-fat and reheat the broth. Once the broth has come up to a simmer again taste it and add additional Fish Sauce if it needs it. To me it always does!

Veggies and Stuff:

1lb of rice noodles (I use the thin ones, but the thick ones are fine to)

2- Bunches of green onions (sliced on the bias very thinly)

1- Bunch of cilantro (he chops his, I like the whole leaves)

1- Bunch of parsley (same as the cilantro)

1- bunch of basil whole leaves

2 or 3 limes cut into wedges

3 or 4 jalapenos thinly sliced cross wise

Bean Sprouts (I buy these buy the 2 pound bag at my local Asian market)

1lb Beef filet very thinly sliced cross wise (I normally buy a couple filet mignon steaks)

You can also add whatever meats you'd like, I normally clean and cook a bit of Tripe, which I thinly slice and add when I reheat the broth. But it really isn't a must.

Sriracha Sauce (red chili sauce) Plum or Hoisin Sauce

Place the lime wedges, herbs, and chili's in their own little piles on a platter of plate.

In another pot bring about a gallon of water to the boil, toss your rice noodles into the boiling water and remove them from the heat. Let them sit stirring 4 or 5 times for about 5-8 minutes. Keep your eye on the noodles; they will cook/soften up in no time. Stirring is very important cuz they'll stick together. Once they are soft rinse them thoroughly under cold running water.

Now we are ready to assemble.

For each portion you'll need a very large soup bowl. Rinse them under hot water so the bowls are warm.

Bring the broth to a good boil.

This should serve about four people, so divide the noodles between four bowls. Put a serving of Oxtail, shank meat and sliced raw filet on top of the noodles. Now cover the noodles and meats with broth.

Garnish with the herbs, chili's, sprouts, green onions, lime wedges...and sauces.

ENJOY!


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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Sat, 10/24/09 10:33 PM
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OMG Thank you Rebel!!!!  Now I want to have a pho party!!

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Sat, 10/24/09 11:24 PM
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in Oklahoma City's Asian District it's authentic at $5.50 - $7:00. can't think of a reason to try it at a chain outside the district when the quality is so high locally in "uptown." 

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Mon, 10/26/09 12:12 AM
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Thanks Rebeltruce. I've copied the recipe and will try it when I get a chance. Where do you get your fish sauce?

I didn't realize you were so close to me. I'm a bit N of Winchester.

Do you have any Pho shops to recommend down your way?

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Mon, 10/26/09 12:32 AM
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The hardest part is getting the noodles the right consistency.



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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Mon, 10/26/09 2:07 AM
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Did anyone notice that this wasn't really pho, but more of a tom yum with rice noodles? Even for a tom yum,  $18 is too expensive!

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Mon, 10/26/09 4:01 AM
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Not sure what you mean, dak - the recipe?  That's definitely pho.  Tom yum is a hot/sour type soup, with totally different seasonings - Galangal, lime, Thai lime leaves (keffir?), lemongrass, chili paste.  Usually has mushrooms and seafood, waterchesnuts, stuff like in won ton soup, but I've never had noodles.  Pho is basically just a rich beef broth with very distinctive flavors, mainly star anise.  It's not "sour" at all.  The noodles and some types of meat are added and the last minute and the diner usually adds herbs and bean sprouts and sometimes raw meat at the table, which cook in the hot broth.  

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Mon, 10/26/09 6:35 AM
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MikeS.


Thanks Rebeltruce. I've copied the recipe and will try it when I get a chance. Where do you get your fish sauce?

I didn't realize you were so close to me. I'm a bit N of Winchester.

Do you have any Pho shops to recommend down your way?


Hey Mike,
 
No Pho shops here in good old Culpeper! Not much at all in the way of any kind of Ethinic Groceries.
 
I make a trip back up to Northern Virginia about once every other month or so to stock up on Fish Sauce and any other Asian ingredients I need. They carry at least 5-10 brands of Fish Sauce, I alway buy the one with the squid on the bottle, it's white and a sort of pink colored label.
 
I normally go to Grand Mart, it's essentially a Korean market, but carries allot of other things.....various Latin, Indian and Chinese goodies. Last I knew there were two in NOVA, one in Centreville and one in Sterling they are both huge, so no trouble finding anything you may need. The produce is unbelievable, as well as the meats and seafood. All at bargain prices.
 
My favorite Pho shop is in Herndon, Va. PHO 75, maybe not the very top of the line but excellent none the less. No frills, just good soup, and very good coffee.
 
 

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Mon, 10/26/09 6:46 AM
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I hope Dak wasn't talking about the recipe...Sunny would be very upset to learn that his Pho recipe wasn't Pho......ILMAO!!!

When I say Sunny was a Vietnamese Cook, I mean he was a Street Food Vender in Hanoi before coming to this country to be a IT expert. 

He makes this Curry Chicken that is unreal, unfortunately he won't budge on giving out that recipe. He uses drumstick pieces that are cross sliced about 1/2 inch thick...it's amazing stuff.

Anyway back to Pho.

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Mon, 10/26/09 6:52 AM
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I see now!!!........Dak was talking about the OP's Disney menu.........it does say Lemongrass scented broth.

I've had Pho all over the world and I don't recall ever having a Lemongrass scent broth....LOL!

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Mon, 10/26/09 8:53 AM
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$8.50 for a large bowl of excellent Pho i my area.



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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Tue, 10/27/09 6:43 AM
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Ah, the Disney menu.  18. is quite obscene for any soup.  And I doubt they are generous with the seafood.  But I'd sure like to go there on vacation someday soon. 

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Tue, 10/27/09 8:51 AM
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Here is a superb pho recipie posted by rebeltruce:
http://www.roadfood.com/F...ish-Sauce-m369234.aspx
... post 17 ... I tried it and it came out very, very, very good.

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Fri, 10/30/09 10:34 PM
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I came accross a site Pho lovers might enjoy I thought I would share.
http://www.phofever.com/

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Wed, 11/4/09 11:27 AM
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wheregreggeats.com


When I lived in Seattle there were almost as many pho places as Starbucks.

The place I liked, Pho Bac, in the International district charged about $5.00 for a huge bowl.

Yesterday in Amherst, Massachusetts, I paid $9.00 for a decent sized, but very tasty, bowl.

How much is a good bowl of pho in your neck of the woods?


Price to beat:



... at Epcot at Disney World.  (No, I did not indulge.)

 
Actually.....that is not at Epcot.  It's from the Yak and Yeti restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom.  It comes in a HUGE bowl!!!  I couldn't even finish it all it was so much!!!  This is not my pic but it is the Pho from AK.
 


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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 11/5/09 1:47 PM
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In the Atlanta area there are three main locations for Asian ethnic foods including Pho:  Buford Highway (Pho probably is mostly limited to the stretch inside I - 285), South of the city and outside I -285 in Clayton County along Jonesboro Road (there are aslo a couple of places NOT on that road), and NE of the city and I-285 in Gwinnettt County.  Of these the Buford Highway corridor is far and away the largest and probably the most diverse.
 
Pho Bac, 4897 Buford Highway, is not my favorite, but their latest menu shows the following:  Small Bowl $ 5.45, Medium Bowl $6.45, and $6.95 for an "extra large"  Bowl of the traditional beef (any combination) or beef balls alone, or of the chicken and shrimp versions.  A bowl of the plain noodle soup with no meat is a dollar less for any of the sizes.  Extra meatballs are $0.85.  A side order of meatballs is $2.50.
 
A bowl of the Bun Bo Hue, presumably with the pork blood porridge cubes is also $6.95. 
 
In addition to the above mentioned small, medium, and large - or call it extra large - sizes, some local Pho shops also serve a smaller "baby bowl" for a dollar or so less than the small.
 
If I visit the Disney complex again I'll sure pass on the Pho there!
 
 

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Sat, 11/7/09 5:44 PM
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In Augusta GA recently  I found Pho in a free standing Japanese stir fry place that otherwise probably has food like the mall Japanese places you find.  It is the Wasabi Express at 2838 Washington Road.  Half the menu at this place is Vietnamese.  I did not take a meal there but the small medium and large bowls, usuual combinations and meat varieties, are $4.99, medium $5.99, and large $6.50.  The same sizes with no meat are $3.99, $4.50, and $5.00 respectively.   No Pho chicken or shrimp versions are offered although the Japanaese side of the menu includes those meats.   The Japanese side of the menu does not include sushi.
 
Probably because of the military bases nearby Augusta has a variety of ethnic food, more than you might expect of a small Southern city.
 
Augusta is at or near the end of I-20.  Wasabi Express is a short distance south of the Interstate  if you are driving through and wanting to try Pho.  I repeat I did not take a meal there.  If you are in Augusta to visit someone in the service or for an event such as the Master's, and Augusta National is not far away, you will quickly find that Washington Road is one focal points for food on both sides of I-20.
 
The local booster magazine and counter-culture newspaper published the results of the "Best of" voting recently.  I don't think thast Pho was a category.  I'd like to hear from someone who has eaten at Wasabi Express.
 
 
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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Sat, 11/7/09 6:52 PM
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Born in OKC


In the Atlanta area there are three main locations for Asian ethnic foods including Pho:  Buford Highway (Pho probably is mostly limited to the stretch inside I - 285), South of the city and outside I -285 in Clayton County along Jonesboro Road (there are aslo a couple of places NOT on that road), and NE of the city and I-285 in Gwinnettt County.  Of these the Buford Highway corridor is far and away the largest and probably the most diverse.
 
Pho Bac, 4897 Buford Highway, is not my favorite, but their latest menu shows the following:  Small Bowl $ 5.45, Medium Bowl $6.45, and $6.95 for an "extra large"  Bowl of the traditional beef (any combination) or beef balls alone, or of the chicken and shrimp versions.  A bowl of the plain noodle soup with no meat is a dollar less for any of the sizes.  Extra meatballs are $0.85.  A side order of meatballs is $2.50.
 
A bowl of the bun bo hue, presumably with the pork blood porridge cubes is also $6.95. 
 
In addition to the above mentioned small, medium, and large - or call it extra large - sizes, some local Pho shops also serve a smaller "baby bowl" for a dollar or so less than the small.
 
If I visit the Disney complex again I'll sure pass on the Pho there!
 
 


I have been getting my Bun Bo Hue at Song Long Vietnamese Restaurant in the Roselawn area of Cincinnati for many many years - this is their menu description of this dish (I also have them add some meatballs):

LV4. Bun Bo Hue Soup
Our spicy lemongrass and beef broth with round rice noodles and sliced beef. $4.25

This is what it looks like:









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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Sun, 11/8/09 1:49 AM
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NYPizzzaNut wrote in part:
 

I have been getting my Bun Bo Hue at Song Long Vietnamese Restaurant in the Roselawn area of Cincinnati for many many years - this is their menu description of this dish (I also have them add some meatballs): LV4. Bun Bo Hue Soup Our spicy lemongrass and beef broth with round rice noodles and sliced beef. $4.25

 
IIRC the internet literature shows Bun Bo Hue or similar soups with and without the cubes of blood porridge but I think around Atlanta all that I have had was "with."  Actually it is a rather rare treat for me because so many people are put off by the sight of someone consuming blood.  They think you a vampire or something. 
 
I have enjoyed blood sausages of several kinds and also other forms.  There is or used to be a steamy storefront restaurant in the Washington DC Chinatown that had sauteed duck's blood on the menu.  It was stir fried with vegetables and a good dish. 
 
Also I saw pork blood on the menu of a Chinese place in Portland, Oregon a few years back but never ate there.  At least one Oriental grocery in Atlanta (operated by Vets) offers the cubed pork blood for sale.  It is in open pails  in a cool case, like pickled bamboo shoots or  bulk tofu.   
 
 One thing, the Cinncinatti Bun Bo Hue sounds like a good deal.     

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Sun, 11/8/09 4:38 AM
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MikeS.


I don't think I've ever eaten a bowl of Pho. There were several places in Fresno when I left 11 years ago but I never stopped in. Next time I get down towards DC I'll try one.


Mike  if you ever get back down this way...let me recommend Pho 75 #2, at First and McKinley..  I had a great duck Pho with huge chunks of duck for around 7 dollars for a huge bowl..  but whatever you do, for the love of all that's holy...stay away from the durian smoothie.......shudder...I'm scarred for life... so are the kids...

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Wed, 12/23/09 3:43 PM
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Jenn, 1st & Mckinley, the home of Potter's Drugs and M&V music (both long gone). Potter's had the best roller grilled hotdogs in Fresno.  Don't forget Muchie's was there too.
Anyways, that area had become little Saigon even before we left 11 years ago.

Thanks for the recommendation, if/when I get back I'll try them.

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Wed, 12/23/09 3:48 PM
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I did get my 1st bowl of pho today. From Pho 75 in Herndon, VA.  A large bowl was 6.95 with a variety of beef cuts. I also had 2 cups of Viet coffee, I'd had that before in Cincy. Strong drip coffee made at your table and sweetended condensed milk then iced.

I liked it and will go back sometime.

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Fri, 12/25/09 2:33 PM
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snick


I came accross a site Pho lovers might enjoy I thought I would share.
http://www.phofever.com/


Great site; thank you! There are 18 Pho restaurants listed in Philadelphia, I'm happy to see. They're in the "obvious" places; the Italian Market area (yup), and Chinatown (hello!). Also they have 3 listed in the Cherry Hill area (I live in that area), but one is listed twice for some reason.
 
I remember on our second date, we were standing in the Chinatown area, my boyfriend and I, and happened to be standing right in front of Pho Cali at 10th and Arch Sts. I so wanted to try it, and he just had too much trepidation. We ended up going to Penang, a Malaysian restaurant. He said, "Next time!" 2 years later and I'm still holding him to it, though there've been many "next times" with restaurants where we ended up someplace else (but that's OK).  I think he needs to actually sit down and try it.
 
Oh, the most expensive pho there appears to be $5.50.
<message edited by harriet1954 on Fri, 12/25/09 2:37 PM>

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Fri, 12/25/09 5:13 PM
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Pho # 1 in Woburn MA charges from 6 to 9 bucks for chicken pho, depending on the size.  Outstanding, and I cannot finish a large bowl.  I was so happy to find this place in the 'burbs...

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Fri, 12/25/09 6:11 PM
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MikeS.


I did get my 1st bowl of pho today. From Pho 75 in Herndon, VA.  A large bowl was 6.95 with a variety of beef cuts. I also had 2 cups of Viet coffee, I'd had that before in Cincy. Strong drip coffee made at your table and sweetended condensed milk then iced.

I liked it and will go back sometime.

 
Glad you liked it Mike!!!! Pho 75 in Herndon is one of my favorites......classic Pho!


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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Sun, 11/7/10 11:25 PM
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Pho Today in Fairfax...my favorite. Absloutely zero atmosphere. The combo with a small pho, spring roll and soda is 6.99.
 
Charlottesville, with all its claims of being a "world class city" has no pho.

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Mon, 11/8/10 3:18 AM
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There are 47 Viet restaurants listed in Urbanspoon in the Phoenix area. Checking the top 10 rated places, the prices ranged from $4.95 to $12.00 depending on the ingredients & location. The average was about $6-7.00

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Mon, 11/8/10 3:23 AM
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harriet1954


snick


I came accross a site Pho lovers might enjoy I thought I would share.
http://www.phofever.com/


Great site; thank you! There are 18 Pho restaurants listed in Philadelphia, I'm happy to see. They're in the "obvious" places; the Italian Market area (yup), and Chinatown (hello!). Also they have 3 listed in the Cherry Hill area (I live in that area), but one is listed twice for some reason.
 
I remember on our second date, we were standing in the Chinatown area, my boyfriend and I, and happened to be standing right in front of Pho Cali at 10th and Arch Sts. I so wanted to try it, and he just had too much trepidation. We ended up going to Penang, a Malaysian restaurant. He said, "Next time!" 2 years later and I'm still holding him to it, though there've been many "next times" with restaurants where we ended up someplace else (but that's OK).  I think he needs to actually sit down and try it.
 
Oh, the most expensive pho there appears to be $5.50.

 Tell him it's CHEAP food and I bet he takes the bait! If not---Dump the Slug. Find an adventurer!

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Mon, 11/8/10 8:18 AM
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Amen!

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Mon, 11/8/10 8:42 AM
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I've eaten pho in Stockton and Sacramento, CA; Toledo, OH; and in the Kingsport/Bristol/Johnson City area of northeastern Tennessee.  I would love to make my own sometime but I've heard horror stories of failed attempts. I saw a failed attempt once and it was not pretty.  The guy got the recipe from a Hmong friend and I'm not sure what the problem was but it might have been a translation error.  The best thing you can ever do to feed your Pho cravings is become good friends with people from southeastern Asia and then pray that they'll invite you over to their house for pho sometime.
 
When I was in Sacramento I ate at a variety of Pho joints before settling on Pho King 2 (6830 Stockton Blvd.) as my favorite.  They had an avocado shake that was out of this world.  My decision was probably partially based on the name of the place but they had a constant stream of Asian clientele which in my opinion is what you want to see from any asian restaurant.
From eating in a variety of pho places I've learned a lot.
1. Generally the best pho places will have southeast Asians eating there. 
2. The best pho places will focus mainly on pho in their menu and advertising - you should never go to a place that specializes in Asian fusion or sushi and order pho.
3. The best pho is cheap -  I generally don't expect to pay more than $7.00 unless I get extra beef balls.  In Cambodia it costs 50 cents and while I've never had the pleasure I'm sure it's excellent. (extras and variations, like seafood, can cause this price to vary)
4. The best places will offer multiple sizes and cuts of meat on their menu - 1 of the 2 isn't bad but if the menu just lists "Pho" as a single item I wouldn't get my hopes too high.
3. all pho should come with sides of bean sprouts, Thai basil, cilantro, hot sauce (either as an oily hot pepper paste, chili garlic, or Sriracha - preferably all three), hoisin/oyster/or plum sauce, a lime wedge, and whole or sliced hot peppers.  You are perfectly justified in asking for these if they are not brought out to you at your meal
4. You might just no be able to find good pho in your area. - Toledo once had Saigon Bistro, a Vietnamese pho joint that featured all of the things you want from a pho place. Unfortunately nobody ate there and it had to close down.  Now I go to Wei Wei (1202 North Reynolds Road, Toledo). It's decent and as far as I can tell it's the best I'm going to get within 40 miles.
Random Fact: Vietnamese, Thai, Laos, and Hmong all call it "Pho"; Cambodians insist on referring to it as "k'tieu" and they are all distinct

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Mon, 11/8/10 9:05 AM
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Hey Joe ... Welcome to RF ... Nice contribution.

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Tue, 11/16/10 9:45 PM
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$8.49 in Maui, Hawaii.  Sounds pretty reasonable now considering what others are paying in different parts of the country.  In contrast, we are currently paying $3.88 a gallon of gas for regular unleaded, the highest in the state (it's cheaper on neighbor islands) and maybe in the nation.

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 01/27/11 9:46 PM
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Depending whether I want to drive to Garden Grove/Westminster (officially known these days as "Little Saigon" I can get a bowl of pho starting around $4.50. I've seen it as high as around $10.00 in some of the more trendy places. This is what it's like at my favorite place----Pho Company in Irvine. It's located in a mall with nothing but Asian restaurants and a large Asian supermarket. Their broth is the best I've had. My favorite, even though it's not a true pho, is their Hu Thieu soup---a pork based version. Their beef pho stock, is definitely the best----very rich.
Phở
EXTRAS
Add Meatballs (Thêm Bò Viên)... 1.25
Add Shrimp (Thêm Tôm)... 1.50
Side of Extra Meat (Thêm Tht)... 1.95
Sliced Steak served rare on the side (Tái Riêng)... Free
1. THE PhoCo COMBO
Ph Tái Chín Bò Viên
Sliced Steak, Brisket, and Meatballs... 6.75 (Reg) / 7.75 (Lg)
2. THE TRADITIONAL COMBO
Ph Đạc Bit
Sliced Steak, Brisket, Flank, Tendon, and Tripe... 6.50 / 7.50
3. SEAFOOD COMBO
Ph Hi V 
Shrimp, Squid, Imitation Crab, and Fish Cake... 6.95 / 7.95
4. SLICED STEAK
Ph Tái
5.95 / 6.95
5. BRISKET
Ph Chín
5.95 / 6.95
6. CHICKEN BREAST
Ph Gà Nc
6.50 / 7.50
7. SHRIMP
Ph Tôm
6.95 / 7.95
8. MEATBALLS
Ph Bò Viên
6.50 / 7.50
9. SLICED STEAK & BRISKET
Ph Tái Chín
6.25 / 7.25
10. SLICED STEAK & FLANK
Ph Tái Nm
6.25 / 7.25
11. SLICED STEAK, FLANK & TENDON
Ph Tái Nm Gân
6.50 / 7.50
12. SLICED STEAK, FLANK & TRIPE
Ph Tái Nm Sách
6.50 / 7.50
13. TOFU AND BROCCOLI
Ph Đậu Hũ Bông Ci
6.25 / 7.50
14. PLAIN PHO
Ph Không Tht
4.95 / 5.95
The PhoCo Combo
CREATE YOUR OWN COMBO
Choose one or more of the following:
Sliced Steak (Tái)
Brisket (Chín)
Flank (Nạm)
Beef Tendon (Gân)
Beef Tripe (Sách)
Broccoli (Bông Cải)
Tofu (Đậu Hũ)
1 Item... 5.95(Reg), 6.95(Lg)
2 Items... 6.25(R), 7.25(L)
3 Items... 6.50(R), 7.50(L)
4 Items... 6.75(R), 7.75(L)
 
Hu Tieu Noodle Soup
This distinctive soup from Southern Vietnam is prepared from
slow-cooked pork and chicken stock and is served with a garnish of
bean sprouts, sliced hot peppers, and lime.
Add 1.00 for Large Bowl.
Served with Soup on the Side (H Tiếu Khô)... Add .95
Hủ Tiếu
Add 1.00 for Large Bowl.
Served with Soup on the Side (H Tiếu Khô)... Add .95
HU TIEU COMBINATION
H Tiếu/Mì Thp Cm
Shrimp, BBQ Pork, Fried Chicken, and Meat Cake served with
Egg or Rice Noodles... 6.50
HU TIEU SEAFOOD COMBINATION
H Tiếu/Mì Hi V 
Shrimp, Squid, Imitation Crab, and Fish Cake served with Egg
or Rice Noodles... 6.50
HU TIEU WITH WONTONS AND BBQ PORK
H Tiếu/Mì Hoành Thánh Xá Xiú
Served with Egg or Rice Noodles... 6.50
HU TIEU WITH FRIED CHICKEN
H Tiếu/Mì Gà Quay
Served with Egg or Rice Noodles... 6.50
 



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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Thu, 01/27/11 10:10 PM
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Ridiculous! Around Dallas' many (genuine) Vietnamese restaurants, A huge bowl of whatever pho you like runs $4.75 to $5.50 depending on ingredients. My personal favorite at Bistro B is the shrimp and seafood pho with beef tendon. $5.50!

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Fri, 01/28/11 1:46 AM
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I have no problem paying my $6.25 for a bowl of Pho.
Possibly the $5 - $6 a square foot rent in Southern California necessitates the additional $2.00 a bowl.
 
Tell you the truth, I'd be happy paying $8 a bowl if I didn't know I could get it for $6.  It's that good!

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Re:How Much is Pho ??? - Fri, 01/28/11 7:05 AM
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I think you could seach the globe high and low and be hard pressed to find someone ballsy enough to ask for $18 for a bowl of pho.
 
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