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The 10 best spots to get pho in Los Angeles

Tiffany Tse Published On 12/11/2014 Published On 12/11/2014

Over the last year, we've told you about LA's best Korean BBQ, and dim sum, and Chinese, and sushi, and OTHER sushi, and OTHER Korean BBQ, and egg rolls, and Thai, and banh mi, but pho whatever reason, we've never highlighted the best spots to get Vietnam's glorious, meat-filled noodle soup. Well, that travesty ends today: here are 10 places in town to slurp the slurpiest of the slurpy slurp.

Pho Huynh

Pho Huynh

El Monte
It’s worth the trek to El Monte to get Pho Huynh’s Northern-style preparation, which means slurping down thicker, wider noodles (versus the thin vermicelli you’re likely accustomed to) and a lighter, clearer broth.

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Blossom

Multiple locations
Blossom's a bit more upscale than some of the restaurants on this list, but what it lacks in wallet-friendliness it makes up for with tenderized tendon/brisket, and ample portions of the extras (bean sprouts, mint, basil, lime), for just a couple extra bucks. 

Pho Pasteur of Rosemead

Pho Pasteur

Rosemead
This OG strip mall storefront has been making fragrant broth for years, with a speedy kitchen usually whipping up pho faster than you can figure out how to pronounce your order. 

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Mama Hong's Vietnamese Kitchen

Multiple locations
This joint's new West LA outpost is one of the only pho options in the area, and even if there were more, it would still likely be one of the best thanks to a solid bowl of well-balanced soup, generously topped with various steakiness.

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Pho 87

Chinatown
This cash-only restaurant has a wide range of options, ranging from lean chicken to beef ball pho, but the real standouts are the rare steak dishes, wherein tender, still-pink brisket and flank cook slowly in piping-hot soup. Pro-tip: the fried egg rolls and Vietnamese coffee are also must-orders.
 

Pho 2000

Multiple locations
Two reasons why this joint’s a frontrunner: 1) the so-tender-it-falls-off-the-bone oxtail is seriously good, and 2) complimentary noodle refills -- so arrive hungry.

Pho Super Bowl

Pho Super Bowl

Alhambra
This SGV spot has two size options: regular or, for less than a buck more, the super bowl. Obviously, you’ll opt for the latter, which nabs you extra noodles, cooked to the perfect al dente consistency and served in steaming, marrow-flavored broth.

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Phorage

Culver City
Phorage may have a limited pho selection (just three bowls: American Wagyu, oxtail, and chicken), but the chefs take their soup stock -- this dish’s heart and soul -- seriously. Their rich, hearty broth has real depth, and tastes like it’s been simmering for ages.

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Pho Filet 2

Rosemead
Fill your belly with the filet mignon pho -- which, if you couldn’t tell from the name, is this restaurant’s specialty. Expect melt-in-your-mouth, thin-cut slices of meat and a ginger-infused, concentrated broth.

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Pho Café

Silver Lake
Pho Café's unmarked exterior makes it easy to miss, but the cash-only restaurant slings epic bowls regardless, which you can wash down with a pretty great variety of Asian beers. Bonus: they're open every day 'til midnight.

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1. Pho Huynh 9706 Garvey Blvd, South El Monte, CA 91733

It’s worth the trek to El Monte to get Pho Huynh’s Northern-style preparation, which means slurping down thicker, wider noodles (versus the thin vermicelli you’re likely accustomed to) and a lighter, clearer broth.

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2. Blossom Vietnamese 426 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Downtown)

Blossom's doing Vietnamese the right way -- with tangy sweet and spicy punches to great pho, juicy lemongrass steaks, and house-made libations.

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3. Pho Pasteur 8821 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

This OG strip mallstaurant has been making fragrant broth for years, with a speedy kitchen usually whipping up pho faster than you can figure out how to pronounce your order.

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4. Mama Hong's Vietnamese Kitchen 11819 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

When Mama Hong’s first opened on Wilshire, it received a warm welcome from hungry West LA residents who longed for a decently priced, well-prepared bowl of steaming hot pho with beef brisket. Or a rib eye steak banh mi sandwich. Or even a vermicelli combo with grilled shrimp and egg rolls. This joint's West LA outpost is one of the only pho options in the area, turning out a solid bowl of well-balanced soup, generously topped with various cow parts.

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5. Pho 87 1019 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Downtown)

This cash-only restaurant has a wide range of options, ranging from lean chicken to beef ball pho. But the real standouts are their rare steak dishes, where tender, still-pink brisket and flank cook slowly in piping hot soup.

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6. Pho 2000 Restaurant 215 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004 (Koreatown)

This joint's so-tender-it-falls-off-the-bone oxtail is seriously PHOnomenal. Even better? Complimentary noodle refills - so arrive hungry.

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7. Pho Super Bowl 1300 E Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

This SGV spot has two size options: regular or, for less than a buck more, the super bowl. Obviously, you’ll opt for the latter, which nabs you extra noodles, cooked to the perfect al dente consistency and served in steaming, marrow-flavored broth.

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8. Phorage 3300 Overland Ave , Los Angeles, CA 90034 (Santa Monica)

Their pho is slurpifiably delicious, as are the spring rolls, noodles, and trendy atmosphere.

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9. Pho Filet 2 9463 Garvey Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733

Fill your belly with the filet mignon pho - which, if you couldn’t tell from the name, is this restaurant’s specialty. Expect melt-in-your-mouth, thin-cut slices of meat and a ginger-infused concentrated broth.

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10. Pho Cafe 2841 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Silverlake)

Pho Café's sun-marked exterior makes it easy to miss, but the cash-only restaurant slings epic bowls regardless, which you can wash down with a pretty great variety of Asian beers. Bonus: they're open every day 'til midnight.

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