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Indochine: The Best Pho in Town

A hot bowl of pho is the new American comfort food.

As an avid fan of Vietnamese cuisine, and specifically pho (pronounced "fuh"), I have become a regular happy customer at Indochine. The nondescript 1980s looking two-story commercial building, sitting on the fringe of Downtown Pasadena near Lake and Colorado, has become one of my favorite local haunts when I crave that delicious beef noodle soup. What I consider comfort food.

The Vietnamese food craze is a relatively recent phenomenon (within the last decade or so). The light nature of Vietnamese cuisine has been embraced by the American palate where "Pho restaurants" can be found in almost every single state in the country now.

Indochine serves in addition to the well-known and expected pho varieties yummy spring rolls, rice plates, and something a bit more unique to local Vietnamese restaurants: table grills where diners cook the raw meat provided.

If you're in Pasadena and you crave that yummy bowl of hot pho (especially on these cold winter nights), Indochine hits the spot.

950 E. Colorado Blvd. Ste 204, Pasadena CA 91106. 626-584-7118. Open Mon - Sat 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. , Sun 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prices: $7 to $15 for entrees.

Leslie Aitken April 22, 2011 at 04:42 PM
I too love pho. The BEST that I ever had was at the pho restaurant that opened in the space where The Reyn Restaurant is. It was a bit of a schizophrenic, funky situation. Until 2 pm, it existed as an American style coffee shop, a place where "cronies" hang out. Then the pho team would take over and serve pho and Vietnamese food until 9 pm. The shining star was the pho. My family swore by it too and we became addicts, going there at least once a week for its lovely goodness. Unfortunately it was so good that more people showed up for the pho than the mediocre American lunch, so they started serving earlier and earlier. Apparently conflict arose between the two managements and the pho team lost. The last time that we ate there they told us that they were looking for another location and that is the last time we saw them. The daytime management thought that they would get on the bandwagon and try to cash in on the pho craze, but it was a poor substitute. The other management had it goin on. My family and I have tried many places since, and just can't find the same yummy goodness. If anyone knows what happened to the family who ran that little slice of pho heaven at The Reyn for a year.....please share the info!!

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