For a hearty and healthy meal packed with flavor, consider a hot bowl of pho next time you’re hungry. This classic Vietnamese dish can be found in abundance across Vermont. From college hot spots in Burlington to small-town cafés, here are the best places for pho in the state.
This Vietnamese noodle shop is popular with the college crowd. Offering stir-fry, noodle dishes, appetizers, and, of course, pho. We recommend the spring roll (shrimp, pork, veggies, and vermicelli) followed by the Pho Tai Nam Bo Vien (rice noodle soup cooked with beef done rare and well, meatballs, and tendons in beef broth). They also make a mean curry. Oh, and it is BYOB, so drinks are on you!
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Pho Dang offers Asian classics like Pad Thai, spring rolls, egg rolls, curry, stir-fry, pho, and more. Their space is tiny and comfortable, and they also offer sidewalk seating. The egg rolls here cannot be beaten, and follow those up with Pho Ga (noodle soup with chicken). Pho Dang is also BYOB, so bring your own liquor.
Pho Capital serves Vietnamese dishes in a spacious historic brick building in Vermont’s Capital City. Dishes include grilled barbecue pork, cashew-nut stir-fry, pho, noodles dishes, and gluten-free and vegetarian options. You have got to try the Pho Rau Cai with tofu and mixed veggies and then go for the Massaman curry topped with chopped peanuts.
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With five different versions of pho, Bun Ga (vermicelli noodles), Com Suon (grilled pork chops with rice), curries, house specials, and more, this long-time staple area developed crowds of loyal followers under the name Vietnamese Restaurant, which shut down a couple of years back. Reopened as Viet Thai the restaurant now features a menu devoted to authentic Vietnamese dishes.
This roadside spot is at once a deli counter—serving fried rice, Bahn mi, stir-fry, dumplings, and pho—and a grocery store. By all accounts, the portions are enormous, and the chow mein is spicy. Try the wonton soup, the pho bo (beef), the Banh mi, and the Nepalese-style chow mein. With the portions at Pho Thao, that ought to last you a couple of days.
With Thai a menu that offers Pad Thai, drunken noodles, green curry, and seven pho soups to choose from, M-Saigon has the largest menu on our list. It also boasts specials like Vietnamese crispy crepe (crispy coconut rice flour crepe with shrimp, pork, bean sprouts, mung beans, and onions) and M-Saigon clay pot with chicken beef, shrimp, and crab.
Friendly owners and dishes like Banh cuon—think slightly fermented rice batter wrapped around ground pork—Bún bò Huáº¿—chili oil, pork and beef brisket soup—and, of course, pho, makes K&K among the best. This place is top notch.
This locally owned and operated business prepares its fresh menu daily, which changes weekly to offer patrons more variety. With complimentary “bubble iced tea” and duck soup—a house special served Fridays and Saturdays—food is, by all accounts, consistently delicious. Get pho Thai beef soup, dumplings, and Khao Soi Gai that people rave about.