Seattle >Food & Dining > Than Brothers
4207 University Way NE, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810547.658587 -122.313317
Neighborhoods: Northeast, University District, Northeast Seattle
Would give 5 stars if service was better – The veggie pho was great - loaded with fried tofu and mushrooms, fragrant, and just slightly sweet. The beef pho was very good too, according to my husband. And, of course, the famous cream puffs did not disappoint - fresh and light, as always, and the perfect finish to the meal. However, the service could use some improvement. I'm not asking for smiles and friendliness - I understand that these things are not necessarily a part of restaurant culture in some parts of the world, and that's fine with me as long as the servers are not outright rude. I'm talking about things like not waiting for customers to ask for something twice before bringing it out, or figuring out a way to take credit/debit card payments when your card machine breaks down (couldn't they write down the card numbers and then charge the cards later?), or at least posting a sign on the door saying "sorry, cash only - card reader is broken tonight." Instead, we only discovered that the card reader wasn't working when we went to the register to pay the bill. Luckily, the ATM - our bank's ATM, which was a plus - was nearby, but an advance warning would have been appreciated.
Note: this review is for the U-District location
wut a service – We actually have been there several times, because of its cheap price. But the service was horrible. Also If u look into the water "carefully" u will find it more horrible!!.
Affordable, fast, good quality – The title sums it up. I eat here regularly, and like many restaurants in the U District the atmosphere isn't the main attraction. But who cares when a couple can dine here for around $10! Fast service, good cuts of meat (especially for the price), and free cream puffs of course :) Highly recommended.
Decent Pho – I tried pho here for the first time with a friend who raved about it. The service was fast. I had beef pho..I thought that it was ok. I don't know if Im too much a pho person. However, I liked their cream puffs...they were really good.
Pretty Good – Ive eatten here a couple times and it has been alright, nothing special. I do see crouds of people in here during busy hours on the weekends. service is quick, but the meat they use is not very good. I dont recommend the meatball pho, but it was good overall. It also in kind of inconvenient that they dont take credit cards.
The best deal in town – Ok, I LOVE Than Brothers. Sure, it's not the most authentic pho and you can get much better of the real stuff at 12th and Jackson, but this spot has four great things going for it: 1) Veggie pho, which I guess is a sacrilege to the real thing but it's oh-so-tasty and comes with tofu, good if you aren't feeling all meat-y, 2) in the neighborhoods, i.e. when I lived on Capitol Hill it was two blocks away, now it's on the Ave, on Aurora, in Ballard, everywhere! 3) You can get a complete meal for $4, and 4) FREE CREAM PUFFS with every order. Enough said.
Student Pho – This Pho restaurant and all the others on the U Ave cater to hungry, poor students. The broth is watered down and they put a ton of cheap rice noodle with little meat. Good if your looking for quantity NOT quality. I am Vietnamese and this is bad Pho, but good if your planning spending the change you dug up around the dorm to fill your stomach.
Best Lunch in the U-District – You go in, say the number and size of the pho you want, and in a minute you have a steaming delicious meal that makes you feel wonderful. I always get the number 9--3 kinds of "normal" meat without any of the native specialties. And to top it all off, a free delicious creampuff!
Pho and cream puffs reign supreme at this affordable U-District Vietnamese chain. – In Short
Red lanterns decorate the sparse interior of this casual, booth-lined pho emporium, where students and businessmen mingle to devour steaming bowls of the fragrant noodle soup. The menu is straightforward: 17 different types of pho, including meatball, eye-round steak, brisket, tripe and veggie, in four sizes. Each order arrives almost immediately, accompanied by fresh herbs and one of the restaurant's signature cream puffs, made in-house from a secret family recipe.
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