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Lemongrass chicken soup at Pho Viet.
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13 Phenomenal Pho Restaurants Around D.C.

The classic Vietnamese soup is part of D.C.’s dining history

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Lemongrass chicken soup at Pho Viet.
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Ramen is all the rage right now in D.C. But locals’ love affair with pho has lasted for decades.

The Vietnamese soup is a year-round favorite for many reasons: savory broth; chewy rice noodles; assorted proteins including beef, chicken, and offal; crisp bean sprouts; mounds of fresh basil; and, of course, the loads of Sriracha. While many of the featured restaurants put their own stamp on the restorative standby, most offer diners the opportunity to trick out individual bowls with assorted ingredients.

Here are 13 pho restaurants sure to satisfy.

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Pho Nom Nom (Multiple locations)

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This budding chain, which expanded from Rockville, Maryland to Fairfax, Virginia in late 2017, invites customers to stock each bowl of soup with offerings ranging from fatty brisket and shaved beef round to tripe and tendon. Dress things up with fragrant herbs, pickled vegetables, and chile oils.

Sliced beef, sprouts, and noodles coming together at Pho Nom Nom.
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Pho 14 (Multiple locations)

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This local chain, which started in Adams Morgan, carries all the pho essentials — assorted cuts of beef, chicken, and vegetarian options (tofu, Fuji apple) — plus plenty of extras. The generously sized soups can be accompanied by green papaya salads, vermicelli dishes, bahn mi, avocado smoothies, and more.

Soup with thinly sliced raw beef at Pho 14.
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This quaint family-owned restaurant joined the Brookland dining scene in late 2016, bringing with it nearly two dozen different types of Vietnamese soups. All the featured pho includes choice of meat plus onion, cilantro, bean sprouts, basil, lime and jalapeños. Feeling adventurous? Go all in with the house special (all the meats).

Pho with a side of Sriracha at Pho 12.
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Pho Viet

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Although there is stiff competition in the neighborhood, this Columbia Heights mainstay fills up regularly for a reason. Be sure to try the spicy lemongrass pho — with adjustable heat levels —  for a blast of sinus-clearing goodness.

A meat-laden soup at Pho Viet.
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Sprig and Sprout

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Unlike some of the more modest pho restaurants around, this Glover Park eatery boasts two floors, a cozy bar, and a DIY fixins station stocked with onions, basil, and hot peppers. The restaurant offers beef, vegetarian, and seafood pho bowls, as well as a sampler mixing meat and vegetables.

A meat and herb-filled bowl of pho at Sprig and Sprout.
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Simply Banh Mi

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Self-proclaimed worst web designer ever Simply Banh Mi serves multiple versions of pho, including vegan, chicken, lemongrass beef, and beef brisket. The sibling-run shop prides itself on providing halal, vegan, and gluten-free fare, and also offers cups of pho for those more interested in on-the-go sustenance than sit-down meals.

Chicken pho at Simply Bahn Mi.
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Froggy Bottom Pub

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A favorite of George Washington University students, this decades-old gathering place serves a variety of pho ranging from traditional beef and chicken to mixed vegetables. Said soups are also gluten-free.

Fresh noodle soup at Froggy Bottom Pub.
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Pho 88 (Multiple locations)

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This Chinatown eatery has ample seating, a variety of drinks (fruit-spiked green tea, assorted smoothies, bubble tea) and, of course, build-your-own bowls of pho. Core selections include choice of noodles (rice or egg), and mixed proteins (from beef meatballs and barbecue pork to fried tofu and shrimp).

Soup and hot tea at Pho 88.
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Pho 75 (Multiple locations)

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This standard-bearer continues to serve its traditional soups the same way it always has: communal seating. Oversized bowls of steaming broth. Proteins ranging from tender flank steak and jiggly brisket to chewy tripe. And a cash-only operation.

Soup with steak and brisket at Pho 75.
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Pho Deluxe (Multiple locations)

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This homegrown chain attracts large lunchtime crowds and morphs into a family favorite on weekends in part because of its generous portions. Orders of pho can be enhanced by beef meatballs, tofu, seafood, vegetables, or variety meats.

Bean sprouts and basil mingling at the top of a bowl at Pho Deluxe.
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Nam-Viet

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A neighborhood fixture for over 30 years, Nam-Viet closed its Cleveland Park outpost in 2017. The Arlington location continues dishing out traditional pho layered with rice noodles, beef, chicken, and vegetables.

Vegetarian pho at Nam-Viet.
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Hai Duong

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One of the star attractions at the restaurant-packed Eden Center, Hai Duong sates pho fans with a dozen takes on the iconic soup. Featured offerings include raw steak, brisket, beef meatballs, dark meat chicken, and combinations marrying together multiple meats.

The house special at Hai Duong.
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Four Sisters

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A wildly successful Eden Center alum that struck out on its own, fans of Vietnamese food continue crowding into the fashionable home Four Sisters carved out for itself in Merrifield. The family-run restaurant seasons its pho with cinnamon, cloves, and star anise, and typically beefs things up with chicken, round steak, flank steak or meatballs

Basil-topped pho at Four Sisters.
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Pho Nom Nom (Multiple locations)

This budding chain, which expanded from Rockville, Maryland to Fairfax, Virginia in late 2017, invites customers to stock each bowl of soup with offerings ranging from fatty brisket and shaved beef round to tripe and tendon. Dress things up with fragrant herbs, pickled vegetables, and chile oils.

Sliced beef, sprouts, and noodles coming together at Pho Nom Nom.
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Pho 14 (Multiple locations)

This local chain, which started in Adams Morgan, carries all the pho essentials — assorted cuts of beef, chicken, and vegetarian options (tofu, Fuji apple) — plus plenty of extras. The generously sized soups can be accompanied by green papaya salads, vermicelli dishes, bahn mi, avocado smoothies, and more.

Soup with thinly sliced raw beef at Pho 14.
Kathleen T./Yelp

Pho 12

This quaint family-owned restaurant joined the Brookland dining scene in late 2016, bringing with it nearly two dozen different types of Vietnamese soups. All the featured pho includes choice of meat plus onion, cilantro, bean sprouts, basil, lime and jalapeños. Feeling adventurous? Go all in with the house special (all the meats).

Pho with a side of Sriracha at Pho 12.
David H./Yelp

Pho Viet

Although there is stiff competition in the neighborhood, this Columbia Heights mainstay fills up regularly for a reason. Be sure to try the spicy lemongrass pho — with adjustable heat levels —  for a blast of sinus-clearing goodness.

A meat-laden soup at Pho Viet.
Kevin A./Yelp

Sprig and Sprout

Unlike some of the more modest pho restaurants around, this Glover Park eatery boasts two floors, a cozy bar, and a DIY fixins station stocked with onions, basil, and hot peppers. The restaurant offers beef, vegetarian, and seafood pho bowls, as well as a sampler mixing meat and vegetables.

A meat and herb-filled bowl of pho at Sprig and Sprout.
Sprig and Sprout/Facebook

Simply Banh Mi

Self-proclaimed worst web designer ever Simply Banh Mi serves multiple versions of pho, including vegan, chicken, lemongrass beef, and beef brisket. The sibling-run shop prides itself on providing halal, vegan, and gluten-free fare, and also offers cups of pho for those more interested in on-the-go sustenance than sit-down meals.

Chicken pho at Simply Bahn Mi.
Diana T./Yelp

Froggy Bottom Pub

A favorite of George Washington University students, this decades-old gathering place serves a variety of pho ranging from traditional beef and chicken to mixed vegetables. Said soups are also gluten-free.

Fresh noodle soup at Froggy Bottom Pub.
Ted C./Yelp

Pho 88 (Multiple locations)

This Chinatown eatery has ample seating, a variety of drinks (fruit-spiked green tea, assorted smoothies, bubble tea) and, of course, build-your-own bowls of pho. Core selections include choice of noodles (rice or egg), and mixed proteins (from beef meatballs and barbecue pork to fried tofu and shrimp).

Soup and hot tea at Pho 88.
David H./Yelp

Pho 75 (Multiple locations)

This standard-bearer continues to serve its traditional soups the same way it always has: communal seating. Oversized bowls of steaming broth. Proteins ranging from tender flank steak and jiggly brisket to chewy tripe. And a cash-only operation.

Soup with steak and brisket at Pho 75.
Basia U./Yelp

Pho Deluxe (Multiple locations)

This homegrown chain attracts large lunchtime crowds and morphs into a family favorite on weekends in part because of its generous portions. Orders of pho can be enhanced by beef meatballs, tofu, seafood, vegetables, or variety meats.

Bean sprouts and basil mingling at the top of a bowl at Pho Deluxe.
Susannah E./Yelp

Nam-Viet

A neighborhood fixture for over 30 years, Nam-Viet closed its Cleveland Park outpost in 2017. The Arlington location continues dishing out traditional pho layered with rice noodles, beef, chicken, and vegetables.

Vegetarian pho at Nam-Viet.
Krina P./Yelp

Hai Duong

One of the star attractions at the restaurant-packed Eden Center, Hai Duong sates pho fans with a dozen takes on the iconic soup. Featured offerings include raw steak, brisket, beef meatballs, dark meat chicken, and combinations marrying together multiple meats.

The house special at Hai Duong.
Mikayla C./Yelp

Four Sisters

A wildly successful Eden Center alum that struck out on its own, fans of Vietnamese food continue crowding into the fashionable home Four Sisters carved out for itself in Merrifield. The family-run restaurant seasons its pho with cinnamon, cloves, and star anise, and typically beefs things up with chicken, round steak, flank steak or meatballs

Basil-topped pho at Four Sisters.
Gene W./Yelp

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