Pho, a delicious noodle soup that always provides a refreshing flavor, is a Vietnamese specialty. Across Michigan, you’ll discover an abundance of authentic Vietnamese eateries serving up pho of all varieties: chicken, beef, vegetarian, and more. During the chilly months of Michigan, this is the perfect dish to warm your belly. Here are the 8 best pho restaurants in the state!
Pho Lucky, which offers locations in Redford and most recently in Novi, focuses on Vietnamese cuisine, particularly in pho. Focusing primarily on beef and rice noodles, with customizable additions from there that include lime juice, bean sprouts, chopped green onion and cilantro, the result is a delicious pho. It's not just about the soup, though, as it also offers a slate of Vietnamese drinks—three different Vietnamese coffees are on hand—as well as rice plates and vermicelli plates.
Farmington Hills' Pho Vinh puts its focus on beef as well, but for those who'd rather skip the red meat, chicken and shrimp versions are also on hand. Throw in rice plates and vermicelli bowls, along with some other Vietnamese specialties like the Vietnamese pancake which is suitable for dinner and served with shrimp and pork, and you've got a nice little slate of dishes on hand. Top it off with vegetarian options and some special beverages, and it's a clear winner.
Pho Soc Trang in Grand Rapids offers up a fairly simple bill of fare—with beef pho the leaders here along with both buns and spring rolls—but also has room for a few interesting twists in its package. There are some unusual snack foods available including battered and fried plantains. It's all about the food, and though some of it may be unfamiliar, those who have enjoyed a meal there claim it's worth checking out.
To be fair, Ann Arbor's Tomukun Noodle Bar is not a pho restaurant. Rather, it's not merely a pho restaurant, as it will offer pho—in your choice of beef or chicken, including a couple breeds that offer pork belly—but also udon, ramen, stir fry and more. It's essentially a cross-section of all the noodle types available in southeast Asia, which is noteworthy in its own right. Beyond that, however, there are plenty of other dishes available like edamame, dumplings, and more.
Pho House in Ypsilanti offers not only delicious pho, but a dazzling range of other Vietnamese dishes. Pho here is primarily beef, with a chicken and a vegetarian option on hand as well. Also, look into the array of appetizers, the Vietnamese sub sandwich known as Banh Mi, and a host of other options—like three pages of menu worth—beyond.
Also an Ann Arbor staple, Ginger Deli sticks to the pho in three varieties: beef, chicken and vegetarian. The beef here isn't quite so extensive, just sticking to sliced beef as opposed to the tripe, oxtail and other such issues that can be involved, but they make up for this by offering several other dishes. Try the summer roll, with meat or vegetables, or once again the Banh Mi sandwiches. Top it off with Thai iced tea, Vietnamese coffee or ginger tea and the result is a sound, fully-realized experience.
Mama’s Thai Kitchen may not have an extensive list of pho varieties on their menu, but what they do have, they execute impeccably. Try the beef and meatball pho options, they will surely tantalize your taste buds. There are also a variety of other Thai dishes available on the menu.
Thai Kitchen: Home to some truly mind-blowing sliced beef pho. Checking out the rest of the menu reveals plenty of other options from Pad Thai dishes to coconut curries and beyond. This Traverse City location is a great spot to enjoy a meal.