Seattle >Pho Big Bowl
Fighting the Than Bros One Bowl at a Time. Ballard used to be a one Pho town until Big Bowl came along! And yes, it's true - no one can enter the restaurant without commenting on the enormity of the BIG BOWL. Frankly it belongs in its own episode of Man vs. Food...! It is a veritable vat of pho (but back to our regularly scheduled programming!).The walls are painted in soothing complementary colors, and the inside of the restaurant is spotless. Our servers were courteous and exceedingly prompt. A nice bonus is that with each bowl of pho, you will receive a complementary can of soda (if you are looking to pinch pennies). The fresh rolls came with a decidedly sweet sauce that tasted of peanut butter and caramel, but were definitely fresh as the name implied. The pho itself, while unremarkable, is definitely a worthy opponent of the incumbent Than Bros. with a broth that is free of that nasty MSG devil. Despite the lack of cream puff, Big Bowl is a nice (cheap!) addition to the pho scene.
Good Pho-d. Nothing is more comforting for a cold (weather or the bug) than the steam wafting up from the broth in a good bowl of Pho. If you've ever had fantasies of diving in - well, here, you can! The ginormous BIG bowl (see picture) will have you doing laps of back strokes through your meal. The broth was delicious although a little sweeter than most. It, of course, came with beans spouts, basil leaves and hunk of lime to be added to your liking. Some people add hoisin sauce and hot sauce directly into the bowl and others choose to use it as a dipping sauce. A small bowl is filling at $5.
Citysearch Editorial Review. There's no shortage of pho options in Seattle, and Ballard especially is a neighborhood dense with the smell of boiling soup bones. But neither Than Brothers nor Pho Vietnam nor Monkey Bridge can compete with the ingeniously named Pho Big Bowl when it comes to one little thing--size. At the latest addition to the neighborhood's soup community, you can order the namesake $20 "big bowl," literally a punch bowl filled with tasty broth and pounds of noodles and beef bits. Though it's enough to feed a family of four, we're guessing it will be more common amongst husky hipsters on cold rainy evenings. For those with more satiable appetites, there are four smaller sized (and more reasonably priced) bowls, plus spring rolls or fried egg rolls and a few beverages; you won't find any rice dishes or claypots here. If the neighborhood can support approximately 18,294 coffee shops, another pho spot should be easily sustainable.
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