10 Un-Pho-Gettable Pho Restaurants In Tampa

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Written by: Krissy Hernandez | November 09

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Canned soup is a thing of the past. What is current is Pho.

Pho, pronounced “Fuh,” is a Vietnamese dish that offers variety, flavor and comfort. Expect a large bowl of bone broth, rice noodles and your protein of choice with plenty of options for garnishes such as bean sprouts, Siracha sauce or lime juice.

Whether you are a foodie wanting to experience the latest food trend or a health nut on the current bone broth diet, Pho is definitely for you. Earlier this year, Shailene Woodley made headlines saying that she consumes bone broth on a daily basis for its health properties. So where in Tampa can one hop on the Pho bandwagon?

Below is a list of the 10 best Pho restaurants Tampa has to offer ranked by their areas of expertise:

1. Best All-Round: Saigon Deli

I'm bout to rock your world. #pho #spicy #love

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3858 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL 33614

(813) 887-3888

Pho enthusiasts in the Tampa Bay area flock to this location to fulfill their pho craving. Many boast about the food quality, service and variety offered here. In addition to the pho, a popular favorite is a sandwich called Bahn Mi. So treat yourself to a sandwich and soup combo.


2. Best Bone Broth: Simply Pho & Grill

pho-ck yeah!!!!!!

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13149 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618

(813) 960-5678

What’s the chef’s secret to this light bone broth? No added sugar. Simply Pho’s recipe is simple, fresh and full of flavor. Not to mention that this healthy broth could help you beat that seasonal cold.


3. Best Ingredients: Restaurant BT

2507 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33629

(813) 258-1916

Restaurant BT’s motto is “Fresh. Healthy. Authentic”, which is why House Chef BT Nguyen chooses to cook with ingredients that are organic and locally farmed. Even the famous Chef Emeril Lagasse gives this chef his stamp of approval — so you know it’s good.


4. Best Food Presentation: Bamboozle Café


516 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602

(813) 223-7320

Why have pho in a traditional circular bowl? Located in downtown Tampa, you can expect your food to be served in unique bowls that look like mini boats.


5. Best Variety Menu: Fusion Bowl 504

504 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602

(813) 222-0102

Expect a fusion of flavors at this hotspot. Fusion Bowl has something for everyone so you can fulfill your pho craving if your food buddy is not in the mood for soup. Be sure to order one of their flavorful smoothies, you won’t regret it.


6. Best Vegan-Friendly: Trang Viet Cuisine

Vietnamese noodle bowl #vegan #vegetarian #veganfoodshare #veganfood #meatless

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1524 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612

(813) 979-1464

Vegetables are friends not foes at this vegan-friendly hot spot. Here you can expect a variety of vegan appetizers, entrees and desserts. Meat eaters don’t stress there are the traditional protein options available as well.


7. Best Service: Pho Nhu Trang

3698 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL 33614

(813) 885-9424

Exceptional service allows customers to enjoy the comforts of pho, hot tea or a boba smoothie without having to worry about anything but the amazing flavors in your cup or bowl.


8. Best Ambience: Saigon Bay Vietnamese


2373 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612

(813) 971-0854

As soon as you step over the threshold, Saigon Bay’s bamboo-styled interior transports customers to an exotic location. Order yourself an umbrella drink to add to the experience.


9. Best On a Student Budget: Pho An Hóa Restaurant


2730 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL 33614

(813) 490-9157

This little mom and pop restaurant serves customers authentic Vietnamese food at an affordable price without compromising quality and taste. Judging by the pictures, there’s no such thing as too many rice noodles, so bring your appetite.


10. Best Location: Pho Quyen


2740 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612

(813) 632-3444

Grab your study buddies and get your pho on. University of South Florida students enjoy the convenience of this pho location because pho not only comforts the soul, but also feeds the brain.

Put the can of soup down and go get some Pho. You will not regret it. Pho is a dish that offers health and comfort. What other dish can do that at once?

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Krissy Hernandez

Krissy considers herself to be a mass media aficionado, who loves a good story. Her friends call her “The Mother Teresa of Pop Culture” considering she graciously keeps them in the loop. Writing is her passion since it allows her inquisitive mind to find depth among her surroundings. On the weekends, you can find her at the movies or exploring Tampa’s fun activities and local cuisine.

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