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As an exciting new post for springtime, I thought I'd give my two cents into the wild variety of Pho restaurants in Reno. I'm a certified Pho addict and could eat the delicious soupy soup everyday. Maybe you were wondering which pho restaurant in Reno is the best?


Pho
This restaurant is simply named Pho; you'd think they could have come up with a better name. In any event, it's located by Target on Sierra Center Parkway in south Reno. I enjoyed my vegetarian pho soup but thought the prices were a bit high and spring rolls left a bit to be desired.

3 out of 5

Saigon Pearl
This is one of four pho restaurants downtown and if I had to choose one of the four, this would be it. The veggie pho is huge, cheap and hot and seems exceptionally authentic. I'm not a huge fan of the often over-powering onions in the soup, but overall it's good. It's located in the old El Cortez Hotel and subsequently has a tendency of smelling like smoke.

3 out of 5

Pho 777
Another downtown joint located literally three blocks east on 2nd Street from Saigon is Pho 777. Lacking much in the way to ambiance or service, this place prides itself on being the cheapest, most authentic (read: barely speaks English) Vietnamese shop in town. I was saddened to learn they don't really offer a veggie pho so I had to order something random. This place seems to be popular with tourists and locals alike, but I thought the service was lacking and food left me hungry.

2 out of 5

Asian Noodles
Asian Noodles, near Costco in Central Reno, seems to always be busy at lunch, and for good reason. They offer a variety of soups and noodle dishes aside from traditional pho. Asian Noodles has decent service, cheap-ish prices and huge, delicious pho. Just wish they'd speed up service a bit.

4 out of 5

Saigon 88
I think this is the only pho joint in Sparks. In any event, this is a regular favorite lunch spot for me due to its convenience, service and taste. Of all the pho restaurants in Reno / Sparks, Saigon 88 tried to position itself as a bit more fancy with nice ambiance, good service and attention to detail. Taste-wise, the pho here is my number two favorite. My only beef is the service at lunch seems to be a lot slower than other phos in Reno.

4 out of 5

Pho 21
Seriously. Is it a pre-requisite to have some number in the pho's name? Doesn't matter. Pho 21 knocks the socks off all pho restaurants in Reno by offering best-in-taste pho soup, spring rolls and banana springs rolls. The restaurant is clean, open and inviting, located in NW Reno by the Flowing Tide Pub off Mae Anne. Pho 21 is quick and delicious and also makes great take out.

5 out of 5

Conclusion
Go to my top three and you shouldn't be disappointed. I still have a couple to visit (Golden Flower, Pho Country, Viet Pho) before I can give every pho restaurant a chance. In any event, go eat pho. It's pho good!