- Jennifer Debarros
- Pho City’s beef phò is one of their most popular dishes.
Fai's Noodle House For anyone intimidated about trying their first bowl of phò, Fai's is a friendly and approachable choice to give the tasty Vietnamese soup a slurp. This bustling noodle shop also offers Asian favorites like General Tso's Chicken, Kung Pao and Lo Mein. If you have room for dessert, try the banana spring rolls. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • Wash. • 481-6602
Phò City The recipes at Phò City came directly from Vietnam with the Nguyen family, who own it. On the menu, of course there's the phò: Choose from chicken or beef, both served with a plate of bean sprouts, Thai basil, cilantro and hoisin and Sriracha sauce that you can add to your pho. 112 N. Howard St., Spokane • Wash. • 747-0223
Phò Van Phò Van has an extensive menu of phò options that include beef, chicken and shrimp, but perhaps the most inspired phò features duck. Star anise and ginger-infused broth accents perfectly roasted chunks of duck that fall off the bone with a gentle nudge from a chopstick. Although traditional rice noodles are an option, thin egg noodles offer a welcome change from the norm. 2909 N. Division St., Spokane • Wash. • 326-6470
Vina Asian In a land of beef cuts and bone broth, Vina Asian Restaurant offers a welcome reprieve from a meat-heavy diet with a delightful Seafood Phò. Shrimp, fish balls and squid are highlighted by a clean, light broth flavored with lemongrass and cilantro. This Northside gem's menu is heavy on soup options, featuring wonton soup as well as traditional egg flower and hot and sour soup. Warm up here at the first freeze. 2303 N. Ash St., Spokane • Wash. • 328-2197