Pho Tau Bay Minneapolis

Pho Tau Bay is not the fanciest of restaurants in the world. But who cares? They have pho.

Inside Pho Tau Bay
Inside Pho Tau Bay


Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup. Usually made with beef or chicken. The soup is made up of rice noodles, broth, meat, and herbs. But the real key to pho is the broth. The broth takes hours to make. It should be translucent but full of flavor. But you already knew that. There’s no way you came to me to learn about pho.

So how does Pho Tau Bay stack up against the rest of the Twin Cities? While I haven’t been to every restaurant that serves pho, Pho Tau Bay comes in near the top of the heap in most rankings of best pho.

This is what I'm talking about.
This is what I’m talking about.

I like the pho at Pho Tau Bay. It comes with the regular accouterments, such as sliced jalapeno peppers, bean sprouts, lime wedges and Thai basil. The soup itself is good. I get the classic pho with beef. There are plenty of noodles and decent amount of thin sliced meat. The broth at Pho Tau Bay leaves a bit to be desired though. It just doesn’t seem to have all the flavor that other pho has. Also, if you don’t like cilantro, like Shellie, then you probably wont like this. Like at all. I could taste the cilantro, but it wasn’t over powering to me. But you know how that goes. If you don’t like a particular flavor it can dominate what it is in.

So where does that leave us? I haven’t had anything else at Pho Tau Bay. I like the pho, but it isn’t my favorite.  If you’re in the neighborhood you should try it.   I’ll keep trying more pho places. Hell, there’s still more on Eat Street.