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The pho at this Westchase Vietnamese noodle shop is made according to the recipe of the owner's grandfather Vu, who operated some of Saigon's most famous pho shops before coming to the United States after the city fell. Naturally, the beef pho at Pho One is especially good. More unusual is the vegetarian pho, made with fried tofu, broccoli, carrots and cabbage. Not that pho is the family-run restaurant's only selling point — it offers delicious bun and com dia as well. The homemade macaroons are a nice bonus. As with most of the countless pho shops that dot Houston, the atmosphere is strip-center casual, but the warm service will make you feel like you're a regular, even if it's your first visit.
The name of the restaurant is a wordplay on owner Kim Oanh Vu's middle name. Vu comes from a famous pho family. Her father, Y Van Vu, opened one of the most famous noodle shops in Saigon in the 1960s -- it was called Pho Tau Bay. In 1975, the year that Saigon fell, Y Van Vu and his six kids moved to the U.S. The family opened a noodle shop in Gretna outside of New Orleans which they proudly named Pho Tau Bay. The business took off and the Vu family opened more Pho Tau Bays, and then... More »
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