In everyone's long quest to find the best pho in Orange County (and hence, the world outside of Vietnam and maybe Paris), the names inevitably stick to you. There are the numerically inclined classics, of course—Pho 88, Pho 76, Pho 54—along with powerhouses like Pho Thanh Lich, Pho Quan Trung, and Pho Dakao. But as 1.5- and second-generation Vietnamese-Americans have entered the business, they've upped the competition dramatically, nearly all riffing off their namesake dish to groan-inducing or hilarious results. Behold, then, a list of 10 shops whose pho name game is unabashedly strong.
If we've missed out on some of your favorite names, leave it in the comments below. Enjoy!
10. Pho America
This one is for all you patriots out there—'Murica, pho yeah!
Pho America, 1826 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, (562) 218-0204.
Korean pho for all you Apple fanatics out there. You now have the perfect restaurant to stare at your cell phone in. Now, where can we download the iPho app?
iPho, 1072 S. Brookhurst Rd. Fullerton, (714) 525-4444.
8. Pho Licious
Pholicious, we pray your bowls be as delicious as your name implies.
Pholicious, 10585 Slater Ave., Fountain Valley, (714) 378-9923.
7. Pho Lovers
I love pho. You love pho. Will we all fall in love with your pho?
Pho Lovers, 9325 Bolsa Ave. Westminster, (714) 592-3393.
6. Pho Tastic
Regardless of how the soup tastes, we hope you all have a pho-tastic day.
Pho Tastic, 1156 E. Yorba Linda Blvd. Placentia, (714) 524-5088.
5. Pho Ever
While they haven't officially opened, we hope they make it past the two-year period that most restaurants close in and truly last pho-you-know-what.
TBA, Beach Blvd, Westminster
4. Flavor Pho
You've got to love a pho shop that doesn’t mess around and just gets right to the point about their broth—yes, Cerritos!
Flavor Pho, 11444 South St. Cerritos, (562) 402-0909.
Is it just me, or are we all hoping that Pho Nomenon has got LL playing in the background on a loop?
Pho-nomenon, 5295 E 2nd St Long Beach, CA 90803, (562) 434-8950
2. Pho King Way
Pho King Way, you’re just a “no” short of taking the top spot…but kudos to you for pissing off losers!
Pho King Way, 24000 Alicia Pkwy Mission Viejo, CA 92691, (949) 472-5464
1. Pho King Awesome
Pho King Awesome, Long Beach, (562) 292-7812, phokingawesome.weebly.com