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BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

2003 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

Pho 2000


Sure, they serve pho at this hole-in-the-wall storefront in Dorchester: great steaming bowls of it, delicately flavored with lemongrass and scallions. But the soup is just the beginning of an adventurous menu of rare and authentic Vietnamese dishes. There’s a… read more»

2002 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

Pho Lemongrass


Great Vietnamese should be the way it is in Vietnam: simple, brimming with sharp flavors, and built with ingredients that shout their freshness. Enter Pho Lemongrass, where a diverse (and bilingual) menu overflows with anise-and-ginger-laced dishes. Pho, the beloved noodle… read more»

2001 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

Pho Lemongrass


It’s been open for less than a year, but this spacious Coolidge Corner restaurant is quietly earning a devoted following. The menu delves briefly into Chinese cuisine, but pay that no heed. Instead, order up a bottle of chilly Vietnamese… read more»

1999 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

Pho Pasteur


The dynasty continues. Any of Pho Pasteur’s five restaurants rolls out rolls like nobody’s biz, and each offers a distinctive atmosphere. While the spring rolls rule in every location, the pho (noodle soup) and varied entrees amaze and delight. Nothing… read more»

1998 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

Pho Pasteur


As much as we like to see some dynasties fall, this one shows no signs of abdicating— nor should it. Even amid a healthy crop of Viet-upstarts in Allston, Pasteur still prepares tastier spring rolls than those spring chickens. We… read more»

1997 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

Pho Pasteur


Steaming bowls of phoand perfectly wrapped spring rolls are the reasons to head out to this expanded Chinatown original. It can be a little crowded on weekends, but it’s worth waiting a bit for the freshest ingredients, heaping portions, and… read more»

1994 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant, Noodles

Poppa & Goose


This Vietnamese restaurant, run by recent graduates of Tufts and MIT, serves a superb version of pho, a noodle soup that is the comfort food of Vietnam. The gentle broth brims with rice noodles and thin slices of beef. Bean… read more»

1990 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant



Nothing compares with Vietnamese food, and in Boston nothing compares with Maxim’s. read more»