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VIETNAMESE Three Sisters Vietnamese 10615 E. Sprague Ave. | 928-2580 Owner Long Dam runs this place with his three daughters (thus the name), and they make a mean pho, along with other Vietnamese dishes, each made from Dam’s own recipe. Good pho isn’t accomplished easily, though — the broth alone takes eight hours to prepare. You can easily play it safe and go for the beef or chicken pho, but there is a reason that tripe and tendon are preferred by most natives; you’ll just have to try it to find out. Pho Van 2909 N. Division St. | 326-6470 Turning an old Pizza Hut on North Division into a classy pho joint is no small feat. The result is a well decorated, modernized restaurant that has kept the Vietnamese tradition and authenticity in its menu, consisting of pho, rice and noodle dishes of all varieties. Every restaurant has a different version on the broth for their pho — Pho Van’s is a rich yet clean tasting broth, complemented by the lime and sprouts you can add to it.
Spokane’s BEST New Nightspot Vina Asian Restaurant 2303 N. Ash St. | 328-2197 You can get good Chinese and Vietnamese food at plenty of spots around town, but Vina has something most others don’t: the Hot Pot. Basically, you get a heating element, giant bowl of broth and your choice of rice noodles, meat and veggies brought to your table for a buildyour-own soup adventure. Though you can fill your soup with as much meat as you can consume, they also have a vegetarian tofu soup or a seafood option for those less inclined. It’s impossible not to get hooked.
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Pho 999 2904 E. Sprague Ave. | 535-7300 The building isn’t much to look at, and the menu is simple: nearly twodozen kinds of pho, depending on what meats are in the broth. This is not evidence of a lack of imagination. It is a sign of focus. If you want the best pho in Spokane, this is the place. Add the house-made lemongrass and jalapeno sauce in sesame oil for some pleasant spice to your soup. Despite the fame of the pho, it’s difficult every time to pass up the Vietnamese-style pork chop, topped with a fried egg. Go ahead, gnaw on the bone. We know you want to. n
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