Please read the following in your best movie announcer voice:
In a world where most restaurants consist of farm-to-table, artisanal cuisine found in restaurants with names using the (noun) + (noun) formula, one writer dares to think outside the reclaimed wood box. One writer dares to bring you pho in Boulder.
Ok, you can stop reading the rest of this in an announcer voice if you want to. I mean, I won’t stop you from reading the rest of the article like that and, in fact, I’d love to hear a full reading of this article in that voice, but the rest of this piece is pretty straightforward.
Because pho is straightforward and, reader, you deserve that.
I’ll be up front, pho is one of my “I have to be in the mood for it” foods, but when I want it, there is nothing in this world that will make me happy until I get some pho in my tummy. Without further to do, here are some great pho places in Boulder.
This newcomer to the pho scene has fans raving about their pho. People love the broth, which is not as salty as other places tend to make it, as well as a number of other Vietnamese dishes. Located at 28th and Valmont, it’s got a nice private lot and ample seating. They offer three sizes: small, medium, and cauldron (or large if you want to avoid hyperbole). It may be new, but this pho restaurant is quickly becoming a favorite among locals.
Black Pepper Pho
Looking for Vegetarian Pho? This spot is your jam. Obviously most places offer vegetarian pho, but apparently this place does it the best. With delicious ingredients like bok choy, shitake, and tofu, it’s got even this meat eater’s mouth watering. For those of you that have heard of this place before, they used to have a no tipping policy, but it seems as though they’re done away with that, so remember to tip the staff.
Ah, Chez Thuy. This restaurant has weathered the test of time in Boulder and is pretty much a legend. I used to go here in high school and that was… a while ago. The service is spotty, sometimes you get someone very friendly, other times, you get a more aloof server, but the food, especially the pho, is consistently delicious. It’s received “Best in Boulder” awards going all the way back to 1993, so when you eat here, you can trust you’re getting a great meal.
May Wah Restaurant
I couldn’t leave a great delivery option out of this list because many of the times I crave pho, I’m also craving staying in my sweatpants and avoiding human interaction and I have a feeling you have those days too, so here’s your delivery option. May Wah is reputed to have some of the fastest delivery around. Like, have your food 20 minutes after you ordered it fast. In addition to pho, they also have Thai and Chinese food options so all your bases are covered. One quick note: this post is going up on July 10, and they are closed until July 12, so don’t run out and order pho from them tonight. If you can, just try and wait until Wednesday. Then you can get all the pho your tummy desires.