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Phodega features some of Chicago’s best bowls of pho.
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Where to Slurp Pho in Chicago

The top Vietnamese broth and noodles in town

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Phodega features some of Chicago’s best bowls of pho.
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There are few foodstuffs more comforting — physically and emotionally — than a fragrant, steaming bowl of Vietnamese pho. A dish born of beef-hungry French colonists occupying Hanoi in the 19th century, pho is believed by some to have immune-boosting and healing properties. Even those who don’t have faith in its physical effects will have a hard time disputing the joy a great bowl of pho can bring, warming the hearts and bellies of Chicagoans.

Though most of Chicago’s Vietnamese restaurant community is centered around Argyle Street in Uptown, there are many excellent pho options to be found throughout the city.

As of October 30, Chicago restaurants can no longer serve customers indoors. Still, a number of Chicago restaurants have outdoor seating. The state now requires reservations for patio dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pho 5 Lua

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6261 McCormick Blvd
Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 509-0909
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Some of Chicago’s most sought-after pho can be found in a strip mall on the Northwest Side. Pho 5 Lua is prized among Vietnamese locals and its eponymous dish stands above most other versions in the area with a complex and aromatic broth accompanied by additions like fatty wagyu beef, hunks of oxtail, brisket, tripe, and meatballs. Order online through the restaurant’s website.

2. Simply Pasteur

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5525 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 728-4800
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Edgewater’s upscale Vietnamese restaurant Pasteur has drawn cadres of fans for decades with a menu that highlights French colonial influences. Though its attractive dining room is closed, a sip of its deep, flavorful pho broth — simmered for 6 to 10 hours — can mentally whisk diners to happier days of digging into steaming bowls with friends inside the restaurant. Ownership now refers to the business as Simply Pasteur, an amalgam of the original name and that of Simply It, their Lincoln Park restaurant that closed last year. Order online through the restaurant’s website.

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3. Uptown Pho

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1010 W Argyle St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-8820
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Though it hasn’t always fostered the same notoriety as other Argyle restaurants, Uptown Pho serves a traditional bowl featuring eye round steak, flank, soft tendon, tripe, and beef meatballs that’s every bit as hearty and flavorful as those served by the big names in the area. Not to mention that its bo la lat, seasoned beef rolls wrapped in betel leafs, are things of beauty. Order online via Grubhub.

4. Pho 777

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1065 W Argyle St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 561-9909
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Another long-time fixture of “Asia on Argyle,” Pho 777 and its signature bowls are ranked among the best in Chicago. Featuring a lighter, sweeter broth than neighboring spots, its pho comes with all the standard meats and offal fans expect. The restaurant also earns high marks for its banh xeo, a crispy, savory Vietnamese pancake that’s stuffed with pork, shrimp, and beansprouts and folded in half like an omelet. Order online through the restaurant’s website.

5. Tank Noodle

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4953-55 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-2253
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An anchor of Uptown’s Vietnamese community for more than two decades, Tank Noodle delivers some of the best-known bowls of pho the city. The restaurant relies on a time-tested family recipe for popular options like Tank’s Special Combo Pho, which comes with sliced beef, well-done brisket and flank, soft tendon, tripe, meat balls. Order online through the restaurant’s website. Note that restaurant owners have recently been criticized for attending the pro-Trump rally on January 6 in Washington D.C.

6. Pho Viet

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4941 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 769-1284
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Fans beat a path to Pho Viet in Uptown for aromatic bowls of pho studded with strips of flame-kissed rare steak and other meaty add-ins. The unfussy, family-owned spot also features chicken-based pho ga for a slightly lighter take on the heartwarming classic. Order online via BeyondMenu.

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7. Phodega

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1547 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-8187
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Phodega, perched on the Wicker Park/Bucktown border, is exactly what it sounds like — a combination bodega and pho restaurant, with other menu items like Hainanese chicken and pizza puffs. There’s lots to love, but the stars are a hearty pho bo (beef brisket, meatballs, rib eye) and heartwarming pho ga (chicken), available in both ready-to-eat and meal kit forms. Order online via CashDrop.

8. urbanbelly

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1542 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 904-8606
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Urbanbelly, the Asian-fusion brainchild of acclaimed Chicago chef Bill Kim, offers an unapologetically untraditional type of pho that is still ranked among the top bowls locally. Kim’s coconut curry pho is beloved by many for its slightly sweet and acidic broth accompanied by herbaceous lemongrass chicken. Order online via Caviar, DoorDash, or Ritual.

9. Le Colonial Chicago

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57 E Oak St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 255-0088
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Downtown stalwart Le Colonial has served upscale Vietnamese-inspired dishes in formal digs for more than two decades in Chicago, relocating from its original Rush Street spot in 2018. True to form, its bowls of pho are pricier than those seen in Uptown, but dedicated fans say the complex oxtail broth and rich beef tenderloin is worth the cost. Order online through the restaurant’s website.

10. Saigon Sisters

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567 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 496-0090
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Mary Nguyen Aregoni and Theresa Nguyen, the eponymous siblings of Saigon Sisters, first began introducing unfamiliar Chicagoans to Vietnamese cooking at their French Market outpost in 2009. In the years since, they’ve launched a full-service location that features their creative approach to the cuisine. Though many are drawn to the wildly popular banh mi, customers shouldn’t overlook the pho — especially the roast beef option with added meatball. The restaurant also operates a location in Streeterville on Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s second floor. Order online through the restaurant’s website.

11. HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen

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1800 S Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 702-1303
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A passion project from husband-and-wife team Thai and Danielle Dang in Pilsen, HaiSous has earned acclaim from patrons and critics for its deep, bold exploration of Southeast Asian flavors and techniques. During the pandemic, customers can snag its chicken pho kit for two, which comes with broth, pulled chicken, rice noodles, and all the fixings. Order online via Tock.

12. Pho Cafe

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232 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 600-9636
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Pho is literally the name of the game at Pho Cafe, where staff know how to perfectly package soup, noodles, and condiments for transport — a skill of enormous value during Chicago’s ban on indoor dining. The broth comes out so hot that it will still cook thin-cut meats when it hits the bowl at home. Order online through the restaurant’s website.

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1. Pho 5 Lua

6261 McCormick Blvd, Chicago, IL 60659

Some of Chicago’s most sought-after pho can be found in a strip mall on the Northwest Side. Pho 5 Lua is prized among Vietnamese locals and its eponymous dish stands above most other versions in the area with a complex and aromatic broth accompanied by additions like fatty wagyu beef, hunks of oxtail, brisket, tripe, and meatballs. Order online through the restaurant’s website.

6261 McCormick Blvd
Chicago, IL 60659

2. Simply Pasteur

5525 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

Edgewater’s upscale Vietnamese restaurant Pasteur has drawn cadres of fans for decades with a menu that highlights French colonial influences. Though its attractive dining room is closed, a sip of its deep, flavorful pho broth — simmered for 6 to 10 hours — can mentally whisk diners to happier days of digging into steaming bowls with friends inside the restaurant. Ownership now refers to the business as Simply Pasteur, an amalgam of the original name and that of Simply It, their Lincoln Park restaurant that closed last year. Order online through the restaurant’s website.

5525 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

3. Uptown Pho

1010 W Argyle St, Chicago, IL 60640

Though it hasn’t always fostered the same notoriety as other Argyle restaurants, Uptown Pho serves a traditional bowl featuring eye round steak, flank, soft tendon, tripe, and beef meatballs that’s every bit as hearty and flavorful as those served by the big names in the area. Not to mention that its bo la lat, seasoned beef rolls wrapped in betel leafs, are things of beauty. Order online via Grubhub.

1010 W Argyle St
Chicago, IL 60640

4. Pho 777

1065 W Argyle St, Chicago, IL 60640

Another long-time fixture of “Asia on Argyle,” Pho 777 and its signature bowls are ranked among the best in Chicago. Featuring a lighter, sweeter broth than neighboring spots, its pho comes with all the standard meats and offal fans expect. The restaurant also earns high marks for its banh xeo, a crispy, savory Vietnamese pancake that’s stuffed with pork, shrimp, and beansprouts and folded in half like an omelet. Order online through the restaurant’s website.

1065 W Argyle St
Chicago, IL 60640

5. Tank Noodle

4953-55 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

An anchor of Uptown’s Vietnamese community for more than two decades, Tank Noodle delivers some of the best-known bowls of pho the city. The restaurant relies on a time-tested family recipe for popular options like Tank’s Special Combo Pho, which comes with sliced beef, well-done brisket and flank, soft tendon, tripe, meat balls. Order online through the restaurant’s website. Note that restaurant owners have recently been criticized for attending the pro-Trump rally on January 6 in Washington D.C.

4953-55 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

6. Pho Viet

4941 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640

Fans beat a path to Pho Viet in Uptown for aromatic bowls of pho studded with strips of flame-kissed rare steak and other meaty add-ins. The unfussy, family-owned spot also features chicken-based pho ga for a slightly lighter take on the heartwarming classic. Order online via BeyondMenu.

4941 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640

7. Phodega

1547 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Phodega, perched on the Wicker Park/Bucktown border, is exactly what it sounds like — a combination bodega and pho restaurant, with other menu items like Hainanese chicken and pizza puffs. There’s lots to love, but the stars are a hearty pho bo (beef brisket, meatballs, rib eye) and heartwarming pho ga (chicken), available in both ready-to-eat and meal kit forms. Order online via CashDrop.

1547 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

8. urbanbelly

1542 N Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Urbanbelly, the Asian-fusion brainchild of acclaimed Chicago chef Bill Kim, offers an unapologetically untraditional type of pho that is still ranked among the top bowls locally. Kim’s coconut curry pho is beloved by many for its slightly sweet and acidic broth accompanied by herbaceous lemongrass chicken. Order online via Caviar, DoorDash, or Ritual.

1542 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

9. Le Colonial Chicago

57 E Oak St, Chicago, IL 60611

Downtown stalwart Le Colonial has served upscale Vietnamese-inspired dishes in formal digs for more than two decades in Chicago, relocating from its original Rush Street spot in 2018. True to form, its bowls of pho are pricier than those seen in Uptown, but dedicated fans say the complex oxtail broth and rich beef tenderloin is worth the cost. Order online through the restaurant’s website.

57 E Oak St
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Saigon Sisters

567 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60661

Mary Nguyen Aregoni and Theresa Nguyen, the eponymous siblings of Saigon Sisters, first began introducing unfamiliar Chicagoans to Vietnamese cooking at their French Market outpost in 2009. In the years since, they’ve launched a full-service location that features their creative approach to the cuisine. Though many are drawn to the wildly popular banh mi, customers shouldn’t overlook the pho — especially the roast beef option with added meatball. The restaurant also operates a location in Streeterville on Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s second floor. Order online through the restaurant’s website.

567 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60661

11. HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen

1800 S Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60608

A passion project from husband-and-wife team Thai and Danielle Dang in Pilsen, HaiSous has earned acclaim from patrons and critics for its deep, bold exploration of Southeast Asian flavors and techniques. During the pandemic, customers can snag its chicken pho kit for two, which comes with broth, pulled chicken, rice noodles, and all the fixings. Order online via Tock.

1800 S Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60608

12. Pho Cafe

232 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616

Pho is literally the name of the game at Pho Cafe, where staff know how to perfectly package soup, noodles, and condiments for transport — a skill of enormous value during Chicago’s ban on indoor dining. The broth comes out so hot that it will still cook thin-cut meats when it hits the bowl at home. Order online through the restaurant’s website.

232 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616

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