Restaurant Guide–St Louis

Restaurant Guide Main Index


Missouri


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Alton, IL

Morrison’s Irish Pub–200 State St. (Irish) Closed Mon.  An Irish pub that puts as much emphasis on the food as it does the drinks (has a very interesting menu selection). (4-27-17)

Creve Coeur, MO

Mayuri–12513 Olive Blvd. (Indian) Open Daily.  Very good south Indian food with thali available. However, customers are disappointed if they get the buffet or if they order north Indian food (this restaurant is best for south Indian). Dosas are recommended. (4-21-17)

Edwardsville, IL

Cleveland-Health–106 N. Main St. (New American) Closed Sun.  Serves locally sourced food. Some dishes are Asian (ginger tofu, etc) and Mexican (tacos, etc). The Asian dishes get better reviews, though. Everything here is healthy and good (at least if you appreciate fresh flavors as opposed to things being highly salted or spiced). Apparently Cleveland and Health are the names of the owners (but “health” is also the objective of the food they serve). (4-21-17)

Granite City, IL

Itty-Bitty–512 E. Chain of Rocks Rd. (American). A small diner with good burgers, fish sandwich, chicken and dumplings, etc. Breakfast is also popular. (4-21-17)

Petri Cafe–1416 20th St. (American) Breakfast & lunch only. I found the following information about this restaurant that is interesting: (1) it has been in the same family since 1946, (2) serves a bowl of chili that is very popular and seems to be a good representation of the regional style here, (3) Hungarian cabbage soup is another very popular dish. The bottom line is that it is an authentic diner that may have ethnic roots. The fish sandwich is another recommended dish. (4-21-17)

Mascoutah, IL

Roemer Topf–1415 McKinley Rd. (German) Closed Sun & Mon; closed Sat lunch.  Good German food in a family run restaurant. Has lunch specials. Beer choice is very good. Dessert (strudel) is very good. Some say, though, that it is sometimes closed at non-posted times (so it may be a good idea to call ahead if you have to make a long trip to get there). (4-21-17)

Olivette, MO

Sugarfire Smokehouse–9200 Olive Blvd. (BBQ) Open Daily.  One of the top barbecue restaurants in SL, but the reviews are more inconsistent than some of the other restaurants. Pulled pork and brisket have good reviews (and many like the smoked turkey). Many say the sauces are one of the big draws, and desserts are a must. (4-27-17)

Overland, MO

Chef Ma’s–2336 Woodson Rd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  A small restaurant in an old Taco Bell that has a short menu of the owner’s special dishes (mostly Hong Kong and Cantonese style). Braised tofu is popular. Prices are very cheap (probably the cheapest in St. Louis for authentic Chinese food). Note: apparently some items are pictured on the wall but are not listed on the menu. (4-21-17)

Haveili Indian–9720 Page Ave. (Indian) Closed Mon.  Probably the most authentic Indian restaurant in town, based on the reviews of people from Indian. (4-27-17)

St. Charles, MO

Hendricks BBQ–1200 Main St. (BBQ) Open Daily.  This is considered one of the top barbecue restaurants in SL, but Yelp reviews are not quite as high as some others. It is still very good, though. The strength here is that you don’t just go for the BBQ–it is a family restaurant and the total meal (with sides and dessert) is a very good dining experience. (4-27-17)

Spiro’s–2275 Bluestone Dr. (Greek) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Upscale restaurant with Mediterranean food, but the most popular items are Greek (such as the saganaki). I think you have a choice of very expensive dinners or more moderate (but still good) ones. (4-27-17)

Tango–2012 Campus Dr. (Argentinian) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Empanadas are the specialty. (4-27-17)

St John, MO

El Comal–8724 St. Charles Rock Rd. (Mexican) Open daily 10 am to 9 pm.  Owner is from Oaxaca and has a few Oaxacan items on the menu, but can prepare a few others by special request (reviewers say they were very happy with this food). (4-30-17)

St. Louis, MO

Anthonino’s Taverna–2225 Macklind Ave. (Greek & Italian) Closed Sun.  Serves both Greek and Italian food, and reviewers say both are excellent. Most go for the Italian food, though, because there are more menu items and many say this is some of the best Italian food they’ve ever had (pizza is the most recommended item). Greek menu is limited. (4-21-17)

Baida–3191 S. Grand Blvd. (Moroccan) Closed Mon.  Good reviews, and it looks as if it has an extensive menu. (4-21-17)

Blues City Deli–2438 McNair Ave. (Sandwiches) Closed Sun; open 11 am to 4 pm other days except that it’s open until 8 pm on Thu.  Very good sandwiches that would bring you here just for that, but it has the added attraction of live blues music Sat. and on Thursday evening. (4-21-17)

Chaparritos–2812 Cherokee St. (Mexican) Open Daily.  A highly rated authentic Mexican restaurant, but one which is not upscale and does not charge alta cocina prices (this restaurant specializes in tacos and similar dishes). (4-30-17)

Italian on the Hill (these are some of the most famous Italian restaurants in the city):

  • Cunetto House of Pasta–5453 Magnolia Ave. Closed Mon; closed Sat & Sun lunch. Best known for its chicken spedini (but locals order quite a few other dishes). The house salad is very highly acclaimed. (4-21-17)
  • Guido’s–5046 Shaw Ave. Open daily (open until 11 pm weekdays and midnight on weekends). Best known for its pizza. People also recommend their tapas and the salad. (4-21-17)
  • Lorenzo’s–1933 Edwards St. Dinner only (open daily).  Northern Italian style. Risotto, penne with eggplant, and gnocchi are some of the specialties.  (4-21-17)
  • Trattoria Marcella–3600 Watson Rd. Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Menu is very representative of “St. Louis style” Italian food. The popular dishes here are the Italian standards–lasagna, ravioli, rigatoni, etc. (4-21-17)

Nixta–1621 Tower Grove Ave. (Mexican) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Reviewers really like the mole negro, and everything else seems to be good as well. Alta cocina food that is authentic in the “modern” tradition of Mexican food. The menu on Yelp showed the mole as costing $29, but a lot of other dishes are considerably less expensive. (4-30-17)

Onesto Pizza–5401 Finkman St. (Italian) Lunch Fri-Sun; dinner daily.  Has a full menu, but it’s best known for its east coast style pizza. (4-21-17)

Pappy’s Smokehouse–3106 Olive St. (BBQ) Open daily except Sun evening.  World class BBQ, especially the ribs and burnt ends (according to reviewers). Line is long but customers say don’t panic–you will get a table. (4-21-17)

Sidney Street Cafe–2000 Sidney St. (Fine Dining) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Excellent food at expensive prices. The owner is the grandson of the couple who opened La Tertulia in Santa Fe (the best New Mexican food I have ever experienced). Some sources say the restaurant serves some of the dishes from La Tertulia, but the only possible one I see on the April 2017 menu is the Sweetbread Tostada (an appetizer). Still, I’m listing the restaurant in case they have other choices on other menus. (4-21-17)

The Shaved Duck–2900 Virginia Ave. (Soul Food) Closed Sun.  This appears to be a very upscale restaurant but does not have “fine dining” prices. Meatloaf and BBQ (ribs, pulled chicken, etc.) are some of the most popular entrees. Cornbread, mac & cheese, and smothered fries are recommended side dishes. There is not a dish to avoid, but some say the burnt ends are not up to KC standards. (4-21-17)

Wei Hong–3175 S. Grand Blvd. (Chinese) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Tue).  Cantonese food (has authentic Chinese menu). Reviewers recommend the dim sum. (4-21-17)

University City, MO

Cate Zone–8148 Olive Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Sichuan style food that can be fiery hot (ask about it if you’re not sure). Reviewers say the food is excellent. (4-21-17)

Dao Tien–8600 Olive Blvd. (Vietnamese) Closed Mon (and closed between 3 and 5 pm).  Broken rice with pork chop is the favorite. Large menu. (4-21-17)

Private Kitchen–8106 Olive Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Tue.  Some call this upscale, but it is mainly because they have some upscale dishes such as Peking duck. It specializes in Shanghai style food, though, so a good choice is the Lion’s Head soup or the soup dumplings. One diner also mentioned the baby pork rib in plum sauce. (4-21-17)

Salt + Smoke–6525 Delmar Blvd. (BBQ) Open Daily.  One of the top barbecue restaurants in SL. Probably the biggest strength here is that all meats are good, so order something you normally would not choose at other restaurants. (4-27-17)

Tai Ke–8604 Olive Blvd. (Taiwanese) Closed Mon.  Reviewers say this is the real deal. It has cheap prices and a large menu. Dishes are a little different from those in most Chinese restaurants, but they have many “safe” dishes along with the more adventurous ones. (4-21-17)

Wei Hong–7740 Olive Blvd. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 9:30 pm.  Authentic Cantonese food. Has dim sum, but reviews seem to indicate that the St. Louis location has better dim sum. (4-21-17)

Wildwood, MO

Thai Bistro–2436 Taylor Rd. (Thai & Lao) Lunch Tue-Fri; dinner Tue-Sun.  People say the food is flavorful and owner talks to customers to see if they want anything specially prepared. Reviewers say the pad thai is especially good (I see this a lot for restaurants which serve Lao food). (4-21-17)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (St. Louis)

St. Louis Magazine (St. Louis Italian Food)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Missouri)

Zomato (St. Louis)

 

 

Restaurant Guide–Missouri

Restaurant Guide Main Index


Kansas City | Saint Louis


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Branson

Botanas–3515 W. Hwy 76 (Mexican) Open Daily.  Flavorful Mexican food that emphasizes authentic recipes (this is not a Tex-Mex restaurant). (4-23-17)

India Clay Oven–2005 Hwy 76 (Indian) Open Daily.  Some think the food is a little bland, but most agree it is good and by far one of the best restaurants in Branson. (4-23-17)

Thai Thai–1515 W. Hwy 76 (Thai) Open Daily.  The best recommendation for this restaurant comes from the many reviewers who say it is “good” and not just “good for Branson.” The dish with the most negative reviews, though, seems to be the pad thai (this does not mean it’s bad, just not universally popular). (4-23-17)

Vasken’s Deli–3200 Gretna Rd. (Sandwiches) Closed Sun.  A healthy alternative to many of Branson’s restaurants. Specializes in sandwiches. (4-23-17)

Cape Girardeau

Chan’s–1159 N. Kingshighway St. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Popular because it has an authentic Chinese menu (people say the Americanized menu is nothing special). Authentic food includes spicy dishes such as ma po tofu. (4-23-17)

Katy O’Ferrell’s–300 Broadway St. (Irish) Closed Sun.  Irish pub with good food (the usual Irish favorites). (4-23-17)

Little Kitchen–1036 N. Sprigg St. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  Serves authentic Chinese food (apparently is Cantonese style). Seems very good, but there are so few reviews I can’t confirm this. (4-23-17)

Carthage

El Quetzal–129 S. Main St. (Guatemalan) Open daily except Sun evening.  The “core” cuisine is Guatemalan, but also serves food from Mexico and El Salvador (pupusas, etc.). Very good reviews by people who seem to know the difference between authentic and Americanized food. Also has a bakery (pan dulce, etc.). (4-23-17)

Chillicothe

El Toro–108 Washington St. (Mexican).  Serves Mexican food with real red and green sauce (not American style). People love the flavors, and say the steak burrito and the chicken are good choices. (4-23-17)

Nico’Z–612 2nd St. (New American) Lunch Tue-Fri; dinner Fri only.  The menu doesn’t sound like anything special, but reviewers say it is the way the food is prepared that makes it popular. Mostly serves sandwiches, salads, and wraps. (4-23-17)

Clinton

Smiths Restaurant Express–1719 E. Ohio St. (American).  Serves typical Midwestern food, mostly fried (pork tenderloin and chicken are popular). People think it is better than most of the alternatives, though. Pie is what people like best here. (4-23-17)

Cuba

The Fourway–102 W. Washington Ave. (Mediterranean) Closed Sun & Mon.  This place has an interesting concept–it has a few Middle Eastern dishes (kabobs, spinach pie, etc.) along with burgers with a Mediterranean seasoning. (4-23-17)

Hannibal

Jet’s Palace–2905 Palmyra Rd. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 9:30 pm.  Americanized Chinese food, but reviewers think the twice cooked pork is as good as authentic food. (4-25-17)

Harrisonville

Randazzo’s Pizza–1806 N. Commercial St. (Italian) Open daily except Sun evening.  Has rave reviews for its New York style pizza, and good reviews for its Italian food as well. (4-25-17)

Jamesport

Gingerich Dutch Pantry–downtown Jamesport (Mennonite) Lunch Mon-Sat; dinner Fri only; breakfast Sat only.  Amish style home cooked food. Has several buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but the menu includes a large choice of items (also serves daily specials). (4-28-17)

Jefferson City

Paddy Malone’s–700 W. Main St. (Irish) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Popular Irish pub–fish and chips are said to be very good. (4-25-17)

Sawaddee Thai–2215 Missouri Blvd. (Thai) Closed Sun.  Reviewers say it has good food, but it is not anywhere close to Thai spicy (they still enjoy the flavor though). Some on Urbanspoon said it has big city quality Thai food. (4-25-17)

Joplin

Carmine’s Wood Fired Pizza–524 S. Joplin Ave. (Pizza) Lunch Tue-Sat; dinner Tue-Thu. Reviewers say it is true Neapolitan style pizza. (4-25-17)

Eagle Drive In–4224 S. Hearnes Blvd (American) Open Daily.  Known for its gourmet burgers (including lamb and elk), gourmet hot dogs, and goulash fries. Has falafel salad and other Middle Eastern dishes. (5-7-17)

MEs Place–1203 Broadway St. (Soul Food) Closed Sun & Mon (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  While this is not an upscale restaurant, the setting is very nice and reviewers say the food is better than is typically found with this type of restaurant. Fried chicken and ham are the most recommended items. (5-7-17)

Mythos–1306 S. Range Line Rd. (Greek) Closed Sun.  A Greek restaurant that has traditional dinners such as moussaka and kabobs (not just a gyro place). Note: M&M Bistro has similar food and gets similar reviews (but specializes in Middle Eastern food in general and is not a Greek restaurant). (5-7-17)

Thai Time–1804 E. 32nd St. (Thai) Open Daily.  Looks good. Reviews don’t say it uses MSG (but they point out that other Thai restaurants in town do). Pad ga-prao, pumpkin curry, mango curry. (4-25-17)

Lebanon

Bandana’s BBQ–1015 S. Jefferson Ave. (BBQ) Open Daily.  Reviewers say it has good BBQ (up to Kansas City standards). Ribs, brisket and chicken are good. Note: Several locations throughout Missouri. (4-26-17)

Sushi House–747 S. Jefferson Ave. (Japanese) Closed Sun.  This seems to be the best Asian restaurant in town. Sushi and bento boxes are both popular. (4-25-17)

Lincoln

Charley’s Buffet–23785 Hwy B (Mennonite) Open 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm Fri & Sat only.  Amish home cooked style food served in a buffet (so bring an appetite!). Save room for dessert–cake, pie, cookies, cinnamon rolls, etc. Lincoln is located south of Sedalia on US 65. (4-28-17)

Nevada

White Grill–200 N. Commercial St. (American) Open daily (incl. breakfast).  This was the No. 1 rated diner in Missouri on Urbanspoon. Ingredients are fresh. Onion burgers are popular. People also like the vanilla Coke. (4-26-17)

Saint Joseph

Il Lazzarone–1628 Frederick Ave. (Pizza) Open Daily.  Wood fired pizza– many think it’s worth a drive from KC or Omaha to eat here. (4-26-17)

Oriental Restaurant–918 S. Belt Hwy. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  This seems to be the only Asian food in quite a large area around St. Joseph. The food is American style, but reviewers say it is good. Serves pad thai and curry, so although it is not advertised very much their authentic dishes may be Thai ones. (4-26-17)

Pink Salt–614 Francis St. (New American).  I’m not listing the hours because reviewers say they are not consistent. However, they say the food is fresh and delicious, and very worthwhile if you go when they are open. (4-26-17)

The Cabbage Roll–2641 Lafayette (German) Open Fri evening only.  The hours are strange (but apparently made necessary by family obligations). Reviewers say it is worth it to go if you’re there at the right time. They request reservations since the food is fresh and they need to know how much to cook (it is a buffet). (4-26-17)

Saint Robert

Ichiban–240 Marshall Dr. (Japanese) Open Daily.  Mostly known for sushi, but cooked dishes are good as well. (4-28-17)

Mama Mia’s–101 Comfort Inn Blvd. (Mediterranean) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  Good food with authentic Mediterranean flavor (according to reviews). Gyro and chicken gyro are popular. (This is mostly a Greek restaurant) (4-28-17)

The Hub–106 VFW Rd. (German) Lunch Wed-Fri; dinner Wed-Mon.  My take from the reviews is that it is not a place to find out how food tastes in Germany, but enough people like it that I’m confident the food is good. (This restaurant serves full meals, in contrast to Ursula’s in Waynesville that is a German sandwich/ deli restaurant). (4-28-17)

Sedalia

Clara’s Sunrise Cafe–111 S. Grand Ave. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun).  Although people enjoy the regular breakfast, they also serve breakfasts from the owner’s home country of Colombia. Open for lunch, but most reviews of the food are for breakfast. (4-28-17)

Lucky Chinese–2710 W. Broadway (Chinese) Closed Sun.  Labeled as a Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese restaurant, the best dishes appear to be Thai. Very good reviews (even for the Chinese food). (4-28-17)

Springfield

Buckingham BBQ–2002 S. Campbell Ave. (BBQ) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  Reviewers say the barbecue is excellent (much more than just good for Springfield). Ribs, pulled, pork, and brisket are especially recommended.(There are 2 other locations in town). (4-29-17)

Casper’s–601 W. Walnut St. (American) Lunch Mon-Sat; dinner Fri & Sat.  Chili, milk shake (this is a diner from the 1960’s). (4-29-17)

Gem of India–211 W. Battlefield St. (Indian) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Reviews are almost universally good (and the negatives ones are mostly because of the service and not the food). If you want true Indian spices, though, don’t get the buffet (order from the menu). I’m not sure they have many vegetarian choices, though. (4-29-17)

Leong’s Asian Diner–1540 W. Republic Rd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  This is the original place for Springfield cashew chicken, and according to the web site the family still operates the restaurant. From what I can see of the menu, though, there is nothing I would call authentic Cantonese. (4-29-17)

Thai Peppers–1411 E. Sunshine St. (Thai) Open Daily.  A good change from the city’s more well known cashew chicken. Mango curry and pad see-ew are recommended. (4-29-17)

That Lebanese Place–338 E. Commercial St. (Lebanese) Closed Sun & Mon.  Has all the standard dishes, but also serves Lebanese “street food” (Pepper Joe, made with ground beef and veggies on pita). Falafel is apparently very authentic. (4-29-17)

Washington

Sugarfire Smoke House–512 W. Front St. (BBQ) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  This is a branch of one of St. Louis’ premier barbecue restaurants. Pulled pork and ribs are recommended at this location. (4-29-17)

Waynesville

Ursula’s Schnitzelhaus–311 North St. (German) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun).  Deli and sandwich shop specializing in schnitzels and German side dishes. Note: The Hub in St. Robert serves full German meals. (4-28-17)

Webb City

Roswitha’s Schnitzelbank–12167 State Hwy. 43 (German) Open Fri & Sat 5 pm to 9:30 pm only.  German food served in a barn, and reviewers say it is excellent (just like Germany). Cash only. (5-7-17)

West Plains

Bootleggers BBQ–1464 Gibson St. (BBQ) Closed Sun.  A barbecue place you will probably want to try if you are in the area. Brisket and pulled pork egg rolls are recommended. Has three sauces: house, KC sweet, Memphis heat. (4-29-17)

Red Apple Grill–42 Court Square (American).  Old fashioned soda fountain restaurant (hamburgers are popular). Probably good not as much for the food as the atmosphere. (4-29-17)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (Missouri)

Egullet

Roadfood

Trip Advisor (Springfield)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Missouri)

Zomato (Springfield)

 

Pho Bulous–Edmond, OK

Pho Bulous
3409 S. Broadway
Edmond, OK
(405) 475-5599
Pho Bulous

Pho Bulous


Pho Bulous does not have what I would call an extensive menu, but it has enough that there are good choices other than its signature dish, the pho. This is a suburban restaurant in a strip shopping center, but there are so many competing Vietnamese restaurants in north Oklahoma City I believe that many of them are stepping up their game, and give customers more than they may expect to find in similar restaurants located in other cities.

In the case of Pho Bulous I believe the main attraction is the pho. I found it to be one of the best in the Oklahoma City Metro, and they have several varieties of the soup including vegetarian soup that is only available at lunch (but this is one of the few restaurants that offers it).

Vermicelli Platter

Grilled chicken and vermicelli

Grilled chicken vermicelli platter

The Grilled Chicken Vermicelli Platter was better than I expected in many ways, based on a comparison with other restaurants. The chicken was very good, especially in the quantity of meat that they give, and had just the right amount of char. I liked the fact that there was a generous portion of nuts, and the other vegetables were good. It had a very good chile sauce (a must for me), and overall this was a good meal. The only drawback was that I did not taste any mint, even though the menu said that it was included. I gave the dish five stars because it was that good, but this kind of inaccurate menu description does not sit well with me. In being objective, though, I can say that in spite of this it was a very good dish.

Pho

Noodle soup with chicken

Noodle soup with chicken

The Noodle Soup with Chicken (chicken pho) seemed to be made with the same care that most restaurants use for their beef soup, and I thought it was quite good. In fact, compared to other chicken soups this may be the best one I have had at a Vietnamese restaurant. Other restaurants (Pho Hieu in Yukon for example) add other ingredients that make them better in some ways, but the one here was pure chicken meat with chicken broth, and I was quite impressed with the flavor that it had.

The pho here has MSG, but apparently not very much because I did not have a reaction to it. Because of the soup’s flavor and the fact that it was for practical purposes MSG-free, this restaurant is definitely near the top of my list for the noodle soup.

Other Dishes
My dining companion had a Lettuce Wrap which was described as “passable.” Obviously they are trying to appeal to more people by having other items on the menu, but the Vietnamese food is what I would consider their specialty.

Drinks
In addition to the standard drinks, they have boba drinks (tea and coffee). I think the hot jasmine tea is one the expensive side, and I do not order it.

Recommendations
Pho Bulous offers some of the best bang for the buck I have found in Edmond (provided I skip the hot tea). The pho is some of the best I have tasted, and the vermicelli platter is good quality as well.


RATING: 23

Cuisine: Vietnamese
Cost: $$
Hours: Open Daily
Accessible: Not Sure (I can’t find a ramp leading to the building)
Smoking: No smoking
Alcohol: Beer

Most Recent Visit: Mar. 11, 2017
Number of Visits: 2
Best Item: Chicken Pho

 

Asian Food Details

Tea: Jasmine (bags)
MSG: Yes (in a small amount)
Buffet: No

 

Special Ratings
star 5 Chicken Pho (Noodle soup with chicken)
star 5 Grilled Chicken Vermicelli Platter

 

Menu (Jul. 2016):