Lately, Seattle food bloggers have been focused on finding ways to deal with the onset of winter, whether diving in the San Juans (Margaritas and Mad Hatters) or holing up at home with baking projects (Orangette). One of my favorite ways to pass the endless expanse of night--not to mention generate some much-needed warmth--is by dining on that simple, elegant Vietnamese staple, Pho.
Pho-king highlights the best pho from San Francisco to Toronto, with a headline riff on Run DMC's "King of Rock":
I'm the King of Pho/There is none higher/Sucker recipes can call me sire
Indeed! Chicken noodle soup-from-a-can has nothing on the soothing combination of broth, noodles, and meats (or tofu) dressed up with lime, chilies, basil, bean sprouts, 2 dollops of hoisin sauce and 1 of sriracha (or maybe that's just me). Pho-King mentions Pho Cuong in Tacoma, and makes the obligatory reference to Bellevue's What the Pho?, but allows Than Brothers to chiefly represent Seattle. Though there are dozens of pho eateries in town with their particular take on the dish, many will agree that the chain is King. Is it the flavorful, not-too-salty broth? The creampuffs?
I also want to recommend Capitol Hill's Ballet as the sole place I've found to offer broccoli, carrots, and tofu in your pho. Vegetarians, rejoice! That said, be sure to let us know which pho house is your favorite, and why.