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  1.   The Heights

    On New Year’s Day 2017, Bao Trinh opened his second Pho Countryside Restaurant in Boston.

    Although the first location of Pho Countryside is in Quincy, Trinh decided to open this second location on Comm. Ave. to increase the awareness of Vietnamese food in Boston, and in the United States. According to the restaurant’s website, the goal is to offer a high standard of food and friendly service, creating the perfect dining experience. Especially in a vibrant city such as Boston, Trinh recognized that many people do not have the time, or the desire, to make themselves a balanced meal after a long day of working or studying. Trinh wanted to change that, in a healthy and inexpensive way. ….
    – Laura Galligan on 03/23/2017

    more>> (5-Star Rating)

    Finally! A legit pho experience in Boston! My husband and I have been searching to find pho that compares to the level we had in Texas (which believe it or not is superb)! This place delivers… Also with an excellent environment which is definitely a plus. We both got beef noodle soup with meatballs and brisket, both which were very fresh and…
    – Emily J. on 1/24/2017

    This place just opened and I was really excited since they have this restaurant in Quincy. This place is pretty large with two floors. My friends and I sat downstairs since the upstairs was packed.Ambience: Good decor. Relaxing, jazzy music. Spacious. Has a variety of table sizes. Two tops. Four tops and even a long table for 12!
    – Becca P. on 1/21/2017

    The food was great! Had the Bun Bo hue and it was sufficiently spiced. Good portions of noodles and meat. Meat was not overcooked or rubber-like. The wrap for the spring roll was nice and crisp, while the sauce was sweet and thick. Lots to love. Also, my waitress (who asked if I was eating with my brother, you know who you are LOL) was welcoming,…
    – Willson L. on 1/14/2017

    Great pho, authentic and fresh ingredients, great service, clean and modern, bar with music and attentive waiters . Holy cow. And it’s cheap for portions and speed/service. For a newly launched restaurant this place has it going on.
    – Sydney L. on 1/17/2017


    When you walk into a restaurant — open just barely a month — and you’re followed in by a large group who are already regulars, you’re off to a good start. At Pho Countryside in Kenmore Square, which took over the former Josephine space, the owner is on a first-name basis with customers, every surface of the dining room, sparkles, and Vietnamese cuisine comes out of the kitchen fragrant with lime, basil, and pungent fish sauce.

    Though the prices at Pho Countryside are in line with other Boston-area Vietnamese restaurants, the ambience is a step above. You’re greeted by tropical fish and swirling sea anemones in a small aquarium affixed to the sleek bar. The wine selections are mounted throughout the restaurant and backlit in blue and pink. A modern faux-fire feature is centered on an exposed brick wall, breaking up the main floor, but the best seats are by the window just below street level, lined with dwarf citrus …
    – Emily J. on 1/24/2017


      BU Today

    Since it was first introduced in the early 20th century, pho, a soup of broth, noodles, herbs, and either beef or chicken, has been a staple of Vietnamese cuisine. This favorite street food gained global popularity after the Vietnam War ended and refugees moved to the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world. Typically made with white rice noodles, and with a combination of spices—ginger, fennel, coriander, cinnamon, star anise, clove, and cardamom—pho has become one of the world’s most popular dishes.

    Fortunately for the BU community, Pho Countryside—specializing in pho, but also with a wide selection of hot pot, vegetable, vermicelli, and stir-fried noodle dishes—opened in December in Kenmore Square in the space formerly occupied by the French restaurant Josephine. This is the Pho Countryside’s second spot; the first has been in Quincy for a year….
    – Kyler Sumter on 02/16/2017


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