Did you know that Phở Bắc was Seattle’s first pho restaurant? Theresa Cat Vu and Augustine Nien Pham opened the restaurant after their flavorful pho unexpectedly became the most popular dish at Cat’s Submarine sandwich shop in 1982. At Phở Bắc, Cat and Augustine’s children — the Pham siblings — have taken the helm. While known for its pho, Phở Bắc also serves traditional Vietnamese dishes like banh mi, vermicelli, com, and more. You can also get your pho fix at Phở Bắc’s Downtown and Rainier Valley locations!

Pro-tip: Don’t forget to order Vietnamese coffee!

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  1. I love that they took a traditional bowl of pho and elevated it, yet it still reminds you of an authentic bowl of pho. This place gets all the points for creativity as well as the quality of food.

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