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DISCLAIMER, THIS IS THE LAME STUFF I DO DURING MY FREE TIME. <3

I don't know about the rest of Canada but Vietnamese Noodle Restaurants (Pho) are very popular in Calgary! So about a year or two ago I thought "Hey, I wonder if there's a best from all these places?"

I ended up documenting my little escapades to find the best bowl of "Pho Tai" in the city, here's a total of 50 I've tried so far! (I'm not stopping, haha)

Unfortunately, my phone fucked up and none of these photos are properly organized. Here's a list in the order that I ate at though (I put stars beside my favourites):

1. Thai Tai Vietnamese Restaurant (108 Aspen Glen Way SW)
2. Rice for King (9190 Macleod Trail SE)
3. Pho Hoai Vietnamese Noodle House (132 3 Ave SE) ***
4. Viethai (144, 30 Springborough Blvd SW)
5. Pho Huong Viet Noodle House (3855 17 Ave SW) *
6. Treasure of Saigon (6432 Old Banff Coach Rd SW)
7. Pho So 1 (1609 Centre St N) *
8. Pho Express (4604 37 Street SW)
9. Song Viet (138 3 Ave SE)
10. Vietname Palace (308 16 Ave NW)
11. Pho Kim (1511 Centre B St NW)
12. Lemongrass West (3715 51 St SW)
13. La Cochinchine (3220 17 ave SW)
14. Saigon Y2K (6700 Macleod Trl S)
15. Pho Pasteur Saigon (207 1 St SE)
16. Taste of Ginger (318 10 St NW)
17. Saigon Y2K (2110 Crowchild Trl NW) *
18. Oriental Phoenix (104 58 Ave SE)
19. Minh Chau (1318 9 Ave SE)
20. Saigon Palace (5255 Richmond Rd SW)
21. Nho Saigon (2111 33 ave SW)
22. Pho Anh Huyen (1403 Centre St NW)
23. Thanh Long Noodle House (1204 17 Avenue SW)
24. Pho Thien Huong: Essence of Saigon Garden (3604 52 Ave NW)
25. Pho Phuong Vi (1330A - 16 Avenue NW)
26. Vietnamese Beef Stew Noodle House (3616 52 Ave NW)
27. Saigon Star (1941 Uxbridge Drive NW)
28. Pho Ngon (1439 17 Ave SW)
29. Bow River Vietnamese Restaurant (8408 Elbow Drive)
30. Co Do Vietnamese (1411 17 Ave SW)
31. Pho Duy Thanh (#2 4105 4th St. NW)
32. Golden Bell Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant (1112 17th Ave SW) **
33. Bowness Vietnamese Restaurant (B-6433 Bowness Road NW)
34. Kol3 (24-12 St Nw)
35. Song Han Vietnamese Restaurant (1140 Kensington Rd NW)
36. Le La Vietnamese Restaurant (6624 Centre St SE)
37. A Touch of Ginger Delight (3349 26 Ave NE)
38. Bagolac Saigon (6130 1a St SW)
39. Tamarind Vietnamese Grill & Noodle House (106-1111 6th Ave SW)
40. Bobby Pho House (34 Edgedale Dr NW)
41. Viet Nam (227 12 Ave SE)
42. Pho Van (132 - 40 Country Hills Landing NW)
43. Pho Taurus (311-500 Country Hills Blvd NE)
44. Nha Trang (760 - 1110 Panatella Blvd. NW)
45. Bolsa Vietnamese (180 94 Ave SE)
46. Saigon Gourmet (1603 - 62nd Ave SE)
47. T&A Vietnamese Cuisine (611 6 St SW)
48. Giang Nam (222 16 Ave NE)
49. Saigon Pearl (9650 Harvest Hills Blvd N)
50. Lotus Vietnamese Noodle House (1032 Macleod Trl SE)
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:iconzeraphalanx:
Zeraphalanx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
My friend that belly of your is forever expanding lol
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:iconbrlim:
Brlim Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Artist
Wow
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PrinceOfFire Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Those look good.

I think I may have seen a Vietnamese restaurant here in Halifax, but I'm not sure. Obviously they're not as popular here as they are out there.
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naminh7c Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
this is definitely not the traditional PHO :-x:-x
maybe you should come to Vietnam in the future and taste real Pho for yourself :D
trust me, I'm a Vietnamese :D
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KelkunAkelkepare Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
great... you made me hungry
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Xaii-Disconnection Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
That sure is a lot of Pho Tai! What an adventure.
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HunterX57 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I work in a Pho place in Edmonton, there are quite a few around here too I assure you. Ironically, I dislike eating soup, and have only once gotten Pho from my work.
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WinterWolfe6 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Artist
Jim Carry as Ace Ventura: "Yummy"
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:iconickleronny:
Ickleronny Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I love it! Pity there's not one near me :(
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:iconvamp-elanor:
Vamp-Elanor Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! That's an awesome idea...!!!!!
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:iconginchan:
ginchan Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
*slowclap* WOW! lol
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:iconwinterwolfe6:
WinterWolfe6 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Artist
first person I've ever seen do a "slowclap". You're Wonderful.
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:iconginchan:
ginchan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Slow claps happen. lol thanks.
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:iconrenosneasel:
renosneasel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
mmhmm delicious <3
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:iconsayuki-hime:
Sayuki-hime Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gotta eat them all. o.o
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:iconxkeren:
xKeren Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god
Well someone is obsessed LOL
My mom always makes vietnamese food :3 I love pho <3
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sharinggansamuel Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Pho :3

Personally I like it better then ramen actually lol

Well It really depends but Pho is hella tasy XD
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TheAnimaster Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
WONDERFUL idea. Mind if I steal it? Though I'll be leaving Thailand soon... and I really feel I didn't take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities I could have had here... : (
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Chibi-Kiwi93 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dayum...I miss that stuff. ain't none here in the island in the philippines. ):
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JunoX-Reborn Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is one of the sexiest thing ive seen in ever
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RainySeasons Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I never realized Calgary had so many noodle houses. e u e;; I can think of 3 or 4 in the area of Edmonton I live in... So that seems insane to me! xD
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PrinceMonster Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Damn that is a lot of Pho...
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:iconbloodify:
bloodify Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wtf i want them all now :C
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:iconihateyoubutiloveyou:
IHateYouButILoveYou Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
nice
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:iconfiercewendigo:
FierceWendigo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I Want Ramen Now
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:iconquick-step:
Quick-Step Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist
I want to eat. every.single one. :1
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SonicWolvelina99 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Look at all the noodle soups.
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:iconcinnamon-alwej:
Cinnamon-Alwej Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Mm My stomach shout "ITS MINEEE"
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:iconsharles25:
SHarles25 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
5 out of 50 places were worth at least 1 star?
Sad news for Vietnamese Restaurancy in Calgary ;)
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Quirkilicious Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know, I'm really picky. It's gotta be pretty darn special for me to slap a star on it. ;] Most of the places are "good" but don't have that extra something! D:
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SHarles25 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I perfectly understand, It's true that there is a lot restaurants but rarely there is one pulling taste to a different level.
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MisterX132 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*P* wouah <3 *bave*
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Jazmine-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohh, that looks so yummy!
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:iconaeonagv:
AeonAGV Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Noodles are awesome,no one forget that!
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hoangnhat1996 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Photographer
wow, I'm a vietnamese and I'm really proud that my country's cuisine is enjoyed by others country as well.
Pretty detailed list, also.
Love it.
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titanio2 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
I liked ^^
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rajewel Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm from BC and in my area at least there are a lot of Pho places, almost as many as there are sushi joints. Almost.

Are these stirred? Where I'm from most of the time the sprouts come on the side and the meat tends to be mounded towards the center. Then again, I tend to go for the throw everything in there version lol.
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Quirkilicious Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yea the sprouts come on the side, I also order the beef on the side though so it's not overcooked by the time I get to it. xD
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J3abySnoopy Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
It's different than original Pho in Vietnam
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Sarahbeth-Lazic Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Now I am so very hungry and these look so delicious!!!
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Gwendolinh Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
mother of noodles *drools* I can't believe you have so many places in your city that sell Pho! I've only had pho at 2 local restaurants, but so far the best I've had was homemade by my vietnamese best friend's mother :3
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zombieheadmeg Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
omg i love this
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Korosu-Sienne Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Augh. Love pho. I wish I knew of any good places near me @_@
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joker105 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
ramen
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DennisOf81 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
ooooohhh....
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:iconanimog:
Animog Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
This Pho-tography is simply FAAAAABULOUS.
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animexluverxnhu Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
YYYYUUUUHHHH! :D Omfg, pho tai is always my favorite~ ; w ; <3
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pearl-whisper Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its thanksgiving. I just ate till exploding. this made me hungry. WHAT YOU DOOOOO?!?!?!
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ShoopOnTheMoon Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Omigosh! Pho is my favourite! :la:
Yeah, it's pretty popular in Ottawa too :D
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Comraxe Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pho! :love:
You've made me very hungry!
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