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Pho 24, Hanoi

191 Giang Vo Street
Dong Da District
Vietnam's insider take:

With more than 40 soup-for-you restaurants located throughout the country, this successful franchise dwarfs even McDonald's in Vietnam. Like the Golden Arches, there are no surprises during—or, more important, after—a Pho 24 meal. The gristle-free beef cuts (take your pick of brisket, flank, or tripe) are a grade or two above the street-food hawkers—they won't brew a vacation-killing stomach problem, either. The large, steaming bowls of broth, meat, and rice noodles come with sides like mint, limes, onion, and chiles to kick up the taste quotient. All this, for a budget-friendly 24,000 Vietnamese dong (about $1.50). Hanoi counts nearly ten clean, well-lit Pho 24 outlets, which are all equipped with straightforward menus, simple black-lacquer tables and stools, and superefficient staff.

Open daily 7 am until late.

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