Best of Boston

2007 Best Vietnamese Restaurant

Pho Lemongrass

Pho Lemongrass’s pleasantly expansive menu almost dares you to find something you can’t get excited about. How about a dozen ways to do rice vermicelli, or a build-your-own stir fry? Our pick is the namesake rice noodle soup, packed with spicy shrimp, chicken, or beef and not-soggy vegetables. The waitstaff is patient and kind, ensuring that even if you take a risk with a new dish, you’ll never be less than thrilled with what’s set before you.

239 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-731-8600,