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“Best pho in Connecticut”
Review of Pho 501

Pho 501
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Pho fanatics in Connecticut have extremely limited options. So when I drove by this restaurant, I could not resist the temptation to stop one Saturday afternoon. Pho appears to be the only main dish on the menu but they do it well. The beef pho broth was flavorful and served with fresh lime, spearmint and bean sprouts.
We had to wait about 5 minutes for a table that we shared with 4 others. We were told by one of them that the restaurant is typically crowded, including during the week because of its proximity to Pratt & Whitney.

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Thank MilfordCT
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Ideally located close to PW this family restaurant offers very good soup, we are served also very fastly and the atmosphere is quite good.

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Thank MrRaoul_Volfoni
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Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

I really, really recommend this place. To anyone who like pho and anyone who hasn't tried but is interested in trying. Each day they serve one style of pho. Weekdays is usually beef, saturday is often chicken and sunday is shrimp. Weekdays they have spring rolls and weekends they have donuts. Don't be upset by the single soup menu because the soup is very good. Excellent broth and great cuts of beef and chicken. Served with bean sprouts, basil and mint if you want it. Plus lime. And if you go on spicy beef soup day, go for it because it adds a nice kick.
Don't be put off by the family style, shared seating. Sit next to someone/anyone because the space is very small. It is similar to many restaurants in many foreign countries so it may be unusal to you but it is kind of fun to meet new people. There is often a line at lunch and dinner times but it is worth the wait.

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Thank mizfitzface
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Love this place. The broth is delicious and veggies are fresh. The neighborhood on the other hand is less desirable. I only wish it was nearby.

Thank Renee V
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Ate lunch today, October 28, (a Sunday) at Pho 501. No menu, pay cash only and wait to sit (very busy). I liked all these aspects of my visit. The whole family seemed to be there, churning out bowls of noddles in chicken broth. Sunday's special is the Chicken pho, made with ramen noodles. This is comparatively mild (plenty of hot sauce available, though, if you prefer that) and comes with a big pile of bean sprouts (to drop in it). The quality is quite acceptable, and for $6 or so a bowl I did not expect more. The two Vietnamese guys with whom we shared a table were very nice and visibly enjoyed their pho, another plus.

I liked this place for what it is. Go there for a tasty, no frills bowl of noodles. If you don't like noodle bowls and you don't like paying cash and, maybe, sitting with some strangers (or taking out), go to McDonalds and have a Big Mac. But that would be your loss.

P.S. Note that Pho 501 closes on Sundays at the earlier of 1:00 p.m. or when they run out of hot broth.

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Thank Nutmeg06878
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