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Best Pho in Columbus

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    foton
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    Fans (like me) of the beef pho that used to be available at the Saigon Palace downtown (Front St) will want to know that their new digs, called Merlion Noodle and Rice, is located at 5320 N. High St., just north of Graceland on the same side of the street in a small shopping center. I was told by one of the daughters when Saigon Palace closed that they planned to expand their popular noodle soups and the like at the new location. It’s been open about 4 weeks and I’m looking forward to checking it out. Their beef pho is by far the best I ever had!!

    #494641

    racheltb
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    Alt Eats just posted a review today. http://alteatscolumbus.com/2012/05/01/merlion/

    I think I know where I’m going for lunch tomorrow!

    #494642

    hungrywoolf
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    I’ve been wanting to do a Pho version of the pizza grandprix (and a pad thai version) as it would be fun to compare them all side by side. I’m sure that preferences are just as subjective with those dishes as they are with pizza.

    In the meantime I would give a shout out to the pho at Huong on Morse Road.
    http://alteatscolumbus.com/2010/03/12/huong/

    #494643

    tourist19
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    hungrywoolf said:
    I’ve been wanting to do a Pho version of the pizza grandprix (and a pad thai version) as it would be fun to compare them all side by side. I’m sure that preferences are just as subjective with those dishes as they are with pizza.

    In the meantime I would give a shout out to the pho at Huong on Morse Road.
    http://alteatscolumbus.com/2010/03/12/huong/

    YES! Pho Grand Prix! (Can you tell that would excite me?)

    #494644
    DJ DocMedPot
    DJ DocMedPot
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    Looking forward to giving them a try but, Lac Viet in Bethel Center and Indochine Cafe on Hamilton are still the tops in my book. Been doing Cbus Pho tour 2012 since the top of the year and making my rounds of them all slowly but surely. I have a few others I like around town but those two are my favs at this point.

    #494645

    j mcclane
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    thanks for the heads up, i miss saigon palace very much, will be worth a trip up for sure

    #494646

    dirtgirl
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    I was never a fan of Saigon, but not sure if I tried the pho. My top pho destination is MiLi Cafe, and their cousin, Buckeye Pho on Bethel, seems to be following the same recipe. Very flavorful broth. I am so in for a Pho Grand Prix.

    And, actually, making pho at home isn’t hard. Basically roast your spices & aromatics, cook in beef broth, add noodles & garnish. I just haven’t figured out the right noodles to use yet.

    #494647

    Mister Shifter
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    I was eating at Five Guys tonight on Bethel right next door to Buckeye Pho and was thinking to myself that I probably should’ve checked out Buckeye Pho instead. The only reason why I didn’t is because I’d have no idea what to order.

    Any help or suggestions?

    #494648

    Twixlen
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    Mister Shifter said:
    I was eating at Five Guys tonight on Bethel right next door to Buckeye Pho and was thinking to myself that I probably should’ve checked out Buckeye Pho instead. The only reason why I didn’t is because I’d have no idea what to order.

    Any help or suggestions?

    I like their plain pho – meaning no additional meat/tofu added. It’s a bowl of broth + noodles. Then you get a plate *filled* w sprouts, basil, greens, jalapeños… And you get various condiments – chili paste, soy sauce, hoisin… etc. Here is where you just have to try things – Keep in mind, if you have leftovers, and have added chilis/jalapeños, it’ll be twice as spicy.

    Now I need pho.

    #494649

    Mister Shifter
    Participant

    Cool, thanks Twixlen! I’ll check them out next time I’m close.

    #494650

    dirtgirl
    Participant

    Or, if you’re in a sandwich mood (you’re at Five Guys after all), get the roasted pork bahn mi sandwich for $5. Amazing!

    #494651

    patient_zero
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    Skreened has phở shirts for all of us phở geeks. Perfect for a meetup. ;)

    Falafel District is also a mini Phở District, with several options in a 1.5 mile area. Even so, I don’t get enough of it. I prefer chicken over beef, though. I think the chicken remains more succulent in the broth, the beef a bit more rigid for my palette. Lan Viet in the North Market still has one of my favorites. Has been for years.

    #494652

    Mister Shifter
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    #494653

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Phở; it’s not overrated.

    #494654

    patient_zero
    Participant

    phở/mo/deep

    Phở – you can finish all the noodles and beef, but not all the broth and sriracha.

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