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Bowl of pho at Pho Oregon
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Where to Find Steamy Bowls of Pho in Portland

Beefy bowls of dac biet and vegan versions made by Buddhist nuns

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Bowl of pho at Pho Oregon
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Portland’s long-thriving Vietnamese food scene has diversified in recent years. It’s hard to pass on caramel-sauced pork belly or Saigon hot chicken, but a simple bowl of pho bo, brimming with rare flank steak, fatty brisket, and a tangle of rice noodles in a rich beef broth, is a thing of beauty. From jazzier entrants like Luc Lac and Fish Sauce, to the well-credentialed pho enclaves on 82nd Avenue or Sandy Blvd, this pho map incorporates countless options for any of Portland’s rainy, grey days.

The focus of this map is beef pho since that’s the most common expression of the dish, but notable chicken or vegetarian versions are also included when relevant. For a wider selection of Vietnamese dishes, the larger Vietnamese map is probably a better bet. Per usual, this map is not ranked, but rather organized geographically.

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed outdoor dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for onsite dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Pho Nguyen Restaurant

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For carnivores who judge a bowl of pho based on the amount of meat it contains, Nguyen delivers the beefy goods. Even so, the rich, no-need-for-condiments broth would make this Raleigh Hills restaurant a top contender if there were a Portland pho contest. While the pho doesn’t need extra seasoning, a spoonful of chile oil doesn’t hurt, either. Pho Nguyen is open for takeout and delivery.

A close-up of a bowl of dac biet at Pho Nguyen, with bean sprouts, floating jalapenos, and a piile of green herbs
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Fish Sauce

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Northwest’s Fish Sauce is a slightly upscale option for Vietnamese beef noodle soup, and its biggest draw might be creative cocktails and a robust happy hour menu (which are currently paused). The pho features prime cuts like filet mignon, bolstered by springy meatballs instead of extras like tendons and tripe. The restaurant is open for takeout, delivery, and has outdoor seating.

Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen

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Luc Lac is known as a hip and energetic late-night staple for steaming bowls of pho and colorful bun. The five-spice-fragrant pho broth is the recipe of co-owner Alan Ho’s grandmother, with meatballs, brisket, and eye round available; some don’t know that all the usual favorites — tripe, tendon, etc. — are available as well, for those who ask. Luc Lac is open for takeout and delivery but now closes at midnight.

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Pho Hung

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A Portland pho pioneer, Pho Hung has sat on the same stretch of Powell Blvd since 1990, with another outpost on 82nd Avenue. The menu is divided into friendly categories like “For Beginners” and “Adventurer’s Choice,” but look no further than the top of the menu to find the dac biet, a.k.a. the Special Super Bowl — a hearty portion of pho with round and flank steaks, brisket, tendon, tripe, plus meatballs in a light, peppery broth, garnished with a handful of chopped green onions. Pho Hung is open for takeout and delivery.

Pho An Sandy

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In a former fast food spot with an unmistakable hat-shaped roof, Pho An is a favorite Sandy Blvd Vietnamese pit stop. The pho dac biet, which is only available in the restaurant’s largest portion, comes filled with slices of fatty brisket, round steak, a few tangles of tripe, meatballs, and a generous portion of gelatinous tendons that comes out of the kitchen mere minutes after placing an order. Pho An is open for takeout and delivery.

Pho Mekha Restaurant

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Thanks to Nong of khao man gai fame, many head to Mekha for the dry Phnom Penh noodles, but the pho, a little sweet and finished with a few grinds of black pepper, is also worth ordering. If there were a prize for most varied condiments, Mekha might win: The minimalist and modern restaurant offers more than just the usual Sriracha and hoisin, and also stocks house-made garlic paste, chile-infused vinegar, chile oil, and chile paste. Takeout and delivery are available.

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Pho Oregon Restaurant

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This banquet-ready institution is a well-oiled machine. From tai (flank steak only) to the dac biet (multiple cuts of beef, plus meatballs, tendon, and tripe), the menu has more than 20 different variations of pho to choose from. All bowls of pho, fragrant with star anise and clove, come out of the kitchen quicker than seems humanly possible. Pho Oregon is open for takeout and delivery.

Pho Kim

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Pho Kim might look like any other 82nd Avenue Vietnamese restaurant, but the pho is out-of-the-ordinary. The soup is distinguished by the use house-made rice noodles, a rarity in the U.S. The menu doesn’t make mention of this special addition, but ask for “big noodles,” and if available, the pho will come with wider-than-usual fresh rice noodles instead of the typical dried version. Pho Kim is open for takeout and delivery.

Ha VL Vietnamese Noodle Soup

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With Ha VL and sister restaurant Rose VL’s rotating roster of Vietnamese soups, it’s not an easy decision to go with the beef pho (Sundays at Ha VL and Tuesdays at Rose VL). This version isn’t a dac biet style affair; rather, this noodle soup stays simple, a rich broth full of sliced meatballs and fully cooked, thinly sliced round steak. Ha VL is open for takeout only while Rose VL does delivery, as well.

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Tèo Bun Bo Hue

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This Jade District restaurant known for its namesake spicy soup recently added a beef pho to its selection. Rather than being treated as an afterthought, the beef pho feels a little special, since it’s one of the only versions in town that includes a big fat bone-in pork rib. Teo Bun Bo Hue is also slightly more stylish than its strip mall neighbors; just look for the three Vespas inside the entrance. Teo Bun Bo Hue is open for takeout.  

Van Hanh Vegetarian Restaurant

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Run by Buddhist nuns, Van Hanh is a godsend for vegetarians and vegans who also want to enjoy Vietnamese dishes, including noodle soups. The crab-free bun rieu might be the most popular soup served, but the vegetable broth-based pho is no slouch. It comes with mock beef, roasted gluten, tofu, and all of the traditional accompaniments. Customers can order takeout or delivery.

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Phở Sen 2

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Anyone who finds themselves at Clackamas Town Center and isn’t in the mood for Cinnabon will appreciate Pho Sen, a nearby Vietnamese restaurant with another branch in Vancouver. Diners can choose from the Special Beef Soup, which includes everything a pho dac biet can (round steak, flank, beef meatballs, well-done brisket, tripe, and tendon), to versions made with white meat chicken, tofu and vegetables, to a simple bowl of broth and rice noodles. Takeout and delivery are available.

Pho Nguyen Restaurant

A close-up of a bowl of dac biet at Pho Nguyen, with bean sprouts, floating jalapenos, and a piile of green herbs
Pho Nguyen
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For carnivores who judge a bowl of pho based on the amount of meat it contains, Nguyen delivers the beefy goods. Even so, the rich, no-need-for-condiments broth would make this Raleigh Hills restaurant a top contender if there were a Portland pho contest. While the pho doesn’t need extra seasoning, a spoonful of chile oil doesn’t hurt, either. Pho Nguyen is open for takeout and delivery.

A close-up of a bowl of dac biet at Pho Nguyen, with bean sprouts, floating jalapenos, and a piile of green herbs
Pho Nguyen
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Fish Sauce

Northwest’s Fish Sauce is a slightly upscale option for Vietnamese beef noodle soup, and its biggest draw might be creative cocktails and a robust happy hour menu (which are currently paused). The pho features prime cuts like filet mignon, bolstered by springy meatballs instead of extras like tendons and tripe. The restaurant is open for takeout, delivery, and has outdoor seating.

Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen

Luc Lac is known as a hip and energetic late-night staple for steaming bowls of pho and colorful bun. The five-spice-fragrant pho broth is the recipe of co-owner Alan Ho’s grandmother, with meatballs, brisket, and eye round available; some don’t know that all the usual favorites — tripe, tendon, etc. — are available as well, for those who ask. Luc Lac is open for takeout and delivery but now closes at midnight.

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Vietnam No.1@ PDX#luclacveitnamesekitchen

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Pho Hung

A Portland pho pioneer, Pho Hung has sat on the same stretch of Powell Blvd since 1990, with another outpost on 82nd Avenue. The menu is divided into friendly categories like “For Beginners” and “Adventurer’s Choice,” but look no further than the top of the menu to find the dac biet, a.k.a. the Special Super Bowl — a hearty portion of pho with round and flank steaks, brisket, tendon, tripe, plus meatballs in a light, peppery broth, garnished with a handful of chopped green onions. Pho Hung is open for takeout and delivery.

Pho An Sandy

In a former fast food spot with an unmistakable hat-shaped roof, Pho An is a favorite Sandy Blvd Vietnamese pit stop. The pho dac biet, which is only available in the restaurant’s largest portion, comes filled with slices of fatty brisket, round steak, a few tangles of tripe, meatballs, and a generous portion of gelatinous tendons that comes out of the kitchen mere minutes after placing an order. Pho An is open for takeout and delivery.

Pho Mekha Restaurant

Thanks to Nong of khao man gai fame, many head to Mekha for the dry Phnom Penh noodles, but the pho, a little sweet and finished with a few grinds of black pepper, is also worth ordering. If there were a prize for most varied condiments, Mekha might win: The minimalist and modern restaurant offers more than just the usual Sriracha and hoisin, and also stocks house-made garlic paste, chile-infused vinegar, chile oil, and chile paste. Takeout and delivery are available.

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Number one Broth Boy.

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Pho Oregon Restaurant

This banquet-ready institution is a well-oiled machine. From tai (flank steak only) to the dac biet (multiple cuts of beef, plus meatballs, tendon, and tripe), the menu has more than 20 different variations of pho to choose from. All bowls of pho, fragrant with star anise and clove, come out of the kitchen quicker than seems humanly possible. Pho Oregon is open for takeout and delivery.

Pho Kim

Pho Kim might look like any other 82nd Avenue Vietnamese restaurant, but the pho is out-of-the-ordinary. The soup is distinguished by the use house-made rice noodles, a rarity in the U.S. The menu doesn’t make mention of this special addition, but ask for “big noodles,” and if available, the pho will come with wider-than-usual fresh rice noodles instead of the typical dried version. Pho Kim is open for takeout and delivery.

Ha VL Vietnamese Noodle Soup

With Ha VL and sister restaurant Rose VL’s rotating roster of Vietnamese soups, it’s not an easy decision to go with the beef pho (Sundays at Ha VL and Tuesdays at Rose VL). This version isn’t a dac biet style affair; rather, this noodle soup stays simple, a rich broth full of sliced meatballs and fully cooked, thinly sliced round steak. Ha VL is open for takeout only while Rose VL does delivery, as well.

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Phở & mỳ quảng

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Tèo Bun Bo Hue

This Jade District restaurant known for its namesake spicy soup recently added a beef pho to its selection. Rather than being treated as an afterthought, the beef pho feels a little special, since it’s one of the only versions in town that includes a big fat bone-in pork rib. Teo Bun Bo Hue is also slightly more stylish than its strip mall neighbors; just look for the three Vespas inside the entrance. Teo Bun Bo Hue is open for takeout.  

Van Hanh Vegetarian Restaurant

Run by Buddhist nuns, Van Hanh is a godsend for vegetarians and vegans who also want to enjoy Vietnamese dishes, including noodle soups. The crab-free bun rieu might be the most popular soup served, but the vegetable broth-based pho is no slouch. It comes with mock beef, roasted gluten, tofu, and all of the traditional accompaniments. Customers can order takeout or delivery.

View this post on Instagram

Pho #veganfoodshare

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Phở Sen 2

Anyone who finds themselves at Clackamas Town Center and isn’t in the mood for Cinnabon will appreciate Pho Sen, a nearby Vietnamese restaurant with another branch in Vancouver. Diners can choose from the Special Beef Soup, which includes everything a pho dac biet can (round steak, flank, beef meatballs, well-done brisket, tripe, and tendon), to versions made with white meat chicken, tofu and vegetables, to a simple bowl of broth and rice noodles. Takeout and delivery are available.

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