05/26/2008 - In a city full of soup maybe you want something a little better than the norm. Posted by Jettisoned.
I eat Pho at least 3 times a week. Frequenting the major Pho houses in P-town for just under a decade now, I can say I appreciate much of what I find in our great cities' many Pho options. Got Pho stands out from the crowd in a couple of major ways and i'll tell you why.... 1. Goi Cuon Thit Nuong (in fact anything containing the House Special Chargrilled Pork) This flavor cannot be had anywhere else. Marinated and seasoned to perfection with peppers, sweet dried onion, lime and cilantro and probably a ton of cool stuff i've never heard of. This pork has changed my life. I've turned at least 50 people onto this one meat and I would hazard to say this may be the single most amazing thing to happen to the most perfect of all proteins... ever...EVER! 2. Broth... anywhere you go it'll always be different right? We all know this and that's part of the fun of trying new Pho joints....each family has their own product. This particular noodle house focuses a lot of energy on getting the soup just right. Immediately there are hints of Anise and Spearmint, charred onion and sweet ginger, . The first thing I notice about the soup at Got Pho is the major overtone of Cinnamon. Copious amounts of clean and white sprouts, Large perfectly fresh Thai Basil and the often overlooked in PDX Pho (possibly because it's somewhat pricey) Ngo Gai (prickly/thorned cilantro), Full quarters of lime and a stack of fresh jalapeno add whatever you need to the already wonderful soup. Another thing that sets Got Pho apart from the rest?..... Home-made Sate (viet chili sauce). It's smokey and aged to perfection at Got Pho and no matter where you go you will not find this or anything like it anywhere else. I think the other soup joints use packaged generic Sate because they believe that no one will notice but it's soooo not true once you're in the know. You have to ask for it but when you do you'll be surprised at the difference. Enjoy!
Pros: House Special Chargrilled Pork, Amazingly flavorful broth.
Cons: Strip mall location doesn't do it justice but inside you wont notice
05/23/2008 - Got Pho? You best. Posted by Corrales1
t's too bad a few negative reviews here are spoiling the fun for everyone else. Don't listen to the naysayers (who have probably gone to Got Pho once before pulling the bad-review trigger). We have been going to Got Pho for a few years now (we live nearby in one the neighborhoods) and the service is top-notch. The pho is excellent and flavorful, though don't be afraid to branch out from soup and go for other dishes they do very well: try the grilled shrimp and pork with noodles (bun tom thit nuong), it's a delicious combination of vermicelli noodles, succulent grilled pork and shrimp, fresh herbs, and naturally sweetened fish sauce poured over the entire dish mixed with your comfort level of chili sauce. So good! Got Pho also has a great outdoor patio perfect for the summer, though the owner once told me it gets little use because they often don't have enough people coming in the summer to open it up -- which is a shame, because it's one of the few outdoor patios you will find at any Vietnamese restaurant in Portland. Help out Got Pho by frequenting this excellent establishment, especially if you're a member of one of the nearby neighborhoods.
05/30/2008 - Excellent fresh food, Clean environment, Family friendly, Great pricing.
Posted by Shyoot
I have never had any of the bad experiences some of these people are talking about. Consistently (and I go usually once a week) I have fresh, top quality food with no service difficulties and no complaints about the cleanliness of the high chairs. My family of 5 usually orders 1 special soup - enjoyed by my husband, 1 kids soup - the personal favorite of my 7 year old, 1 - #24 which my 3 year old relishes and leaves plenty to have for another meal at home, 1 order of spring rolls - which is what my coming 2 year old will savor in lieu of a traditional meal (think easy finger-food once it has cooled off) and I order my personal favorite - the beef stir fry with cabbage and broccoli served with pad thai noodles. I have always admired the cleanliness of the restaurant from its grand opening. I cannot say the same for other restaurants I dine at fairly regularly - like the Greek Cusina downtown or more than a handful of Chinese restaurants. I don't have to break out the antibacterial wipes and clean the high chair for myself at Got Pho. The pricing of the menu items at Got Pho are exceptionally good. I can feel good about my purchases there. After all, with a good sized family to feed, the bill adds up just in the quantity we have to order to feed everyone. We simply can't afford overpriced food and Got Pho doesn't break the bank. After reading some of the other reviews, I have to wonder if perhaps they are written by the competition or maybe they are simply people with a chip on their shoulders. I have never had a less than positive experience at Got Pho and my family members aren't that easy to please. Next time you find yourself in NE, swing by the place and view the shiny, colorful menu full of traditional Vietnamese delights as well as some wonderful not-so-traditional treasures. You'll be glad that you decided to go in and judge for yourself.
Pros: Freshness of Food, Taste, Pricing, Family Friendly
Cons: Somewhat limited parking if it gets busy
05/04/2008 - Good food, cool dude, excellent mood Posted by Johnny PL on Portland Citiysearch.com
OK, to elaborate... the "Adventure Beef" is for those who like a more unusual cut of beef, like tripe or tendon...It's not for everyone but it is authentic. The veggie pho and beef pho is fresh and delicious, served with fresh cilantro, mint, sprouts, garlic and peanuts on the side for you to garnish with. They also serve amazingly tasty noodle and rice dishes, my favorite of which is this crispy vietnamese rice noodle with beef. . It comes with this addictively tangy sauce/gravy with carrots, cabbage, broccoli and plenty of onion. Absolutely a wonderful place to eat. The only thing that lacks is the atmosphere, but the service is excellent!
(Asian) Posted by Eliza Sohn ( Portlandmercury.com)
Got Pho is relatively easy to miss on busy Sandy Blvd, but it really shouldn't be missed if you like this popular Vietnamese soup.Their pho is hot, huge and tasty. The space is big too, so friends can be easily accommodated. Vegetarians: rejoice, as this is one of very few places that serve vegetarian pho. Thirsty? Have: a beer, bubble tea or a number of orther Vietnamese beverages.
August 28, 2007 - Pho king genius Posted by Pinehurstjoe on Portlandmercury.com
I dig on the got pho. It is good stuff, plus their menu says "Adventure Beef". Not really sure that means but I enjoy eating it.