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“Best take out pho in Seattle”
Review of Pho Bac

Pho Bac
Ranked #1,261 of 4,231 Restaurants in Seattle
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Dining options: Lunch
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Reviewed 27 June 2013

Not in the mood to cook and didn't want to dine out. Struck by an unknown inspiration we drove to Seattle's International District on the advice of a friend to get take out from Pho Bac. (The "c" on the sign has disappeared and on some websites it is called "Pho Ba".) Two delightful ladies were operating the restaurant -- one came from the kitchen to take our order "to go". We had tofu spring rolls (orders of two) and spring rolls which included shrimp (orders of two rolls). The rare sliced beef pho is wonderful. The beef is paper thin and raw. At home, when one puts the noodles in the bowl, the beef with herbs on top, and then pours over the hot broth the meat cooks before one's very eyes. (Just as intended). The broth was delicious and did not rely on "over saltiness" to have flavour. The accompanying basil, bean sprouts, jalepenos, sauces, and lime were all very fresh and made for a wonderful meal. We also had orders of vermicelli noodles with stir-fried shrimp and vermicelli noodles with stir-fried chicken. All fresh, good portions, and great julienned carrots, basil, cucumbers as an accompaniment for this dish. Fish sauce was very good.

Take out comes in compostable cardboard containers and is packed with necessary chop sticks, napkins, and American cutlery. Nice to be able to sit at home and have a great meal. Well worth the money.

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Thank gcubedhockey
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

After visiting Vietnam earlier this year, my family and I have searched out good Pho wherever we go. Pho Bac doesn't disappoint.

We visited Seattle over Christmas week and on the recommendation of a friend tried this '' grimey hole in the wall with the best food ever ''. His words not ours. In fact it's actually a small clean retro style joint in the shape of a boat. like an old 60's diner. We took a cab from our hotel downtown ( about ten minutes or ten dollars) and the owner called a cab for us to return.

We tried a beef Pho, Chicken Pho and Shrimp vegetable Pho, all were delicious and served with hot green tea. Small bowl $ 6-50 and Large $ 7-50 total for dinner for three about twenty five bucks. not bad for seattle.

I highly recommend this restaurant, good food with nice staff, Bring a phrase book, no english except for the owner.

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Thank AndyLargo_Florida
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

Don't let the store front scare you away. The pho is good. Fast, friendly service and reasonable prices. The decor and furnishing are well used... We always start with fresh springs rolls..Tasted great. I normally order the beef pho, but switched it up for chicken. It just was not the same.. stick with the beef. They provided lots of sprouts, lime and jalapenos ( more than than normal).. Service was friendly and quick.. In the area and hungry for Pho.. this is a great place to stop as you head to Century LInk or Safeco field.

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Thank daffofils
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

For some reason, it tastes the best. Love it. Check out http://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-ba-seattle-2

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Thank Phantphant
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

If you don't mind sitting in what amounts to a hovel lit with Christmas lights, you are going to enjoy the Pho immensely. Seriously, seriously good food.

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