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Pho Paradise Found: Asia on Argyle, Chicago

Best Pho Chicago is part of the Round The Atlantic Trip Report.

You’ve read my wine tasting adventures from around the world (see Vineyard Crawl: My Yarra Valley Wine Tour; 2) Franschhoek Wine Tasting Guide: A Life of Indulgence; 3) Mount Etna, Sicily Wine Tour: Fun & Games Until Police Stop; 4) Colchagua Valley, Chile: Carmenere Wine Tasting Guide; 5) Wine Tasting in Santiago, Chile; 6) Wine Tours by Bike NZ: A Must for Wine Enthusiasts; 7) “It’s Like Riding a Bike.” Those words have haunted me for years.). You’ve also read my extensive Pho Reviews from around the world. What if I were to tell you that there’s a place that combines the best of both experiences? And what if I were to tell you that that place is in our backyard?

On the next 30 for 30, TPOL goes for 30 bowls of pho in Asia on Argyle.

Getting There

Take the red line L train to Argyle. Walk to the intersection of Argyle Street and Winthrop Avenue.

a sign on a building

a street sign on a pole

Where to Eat

Like wine tasting, you have to start somewhere. I started on Yelp which led me to Pho 777. Here are the photos:a store front with a green awning and white letters

a plate of food on a table

a plate of food with vegetables and limes

a bowl of soup with meat and vegetables

a bowl of soup with a spoon

a bowl of soup with noodles and vegetables

a bowl of soup with chopsticks

a bowl of noodles with a spoon

a glass of coffee with a straw

If you know me, then you know that a good bowl of pho is judged by the amount that I leave behind. Clearly, this was a great bowl of pho. The one regret I have is going too hard too quickly, leaving me with a belly full of pho, and nowhere to nap.

TPOL’s TIP: Pho 777 is located at 1065 W Argyle St, Chicago, IL 60640

What to Avoid?

A good bottle of wine doesn’t need a flashy label. It doesn’t need a flashy name. I’ve fallen for that trick too many times. I wondered if these clever pho restaurants were doing themselves a disservice by being too punny pho-nny.

a building with a sign on the side

a corner of a building with a green roof

Where to Eat Next

Like wine tasting, I wish I were staying for a few more days so I could sample more pho establishments.

a sign on a building
If it were Pho 787, it would fit nicely into my travel blog as a comparison of the 777 vs. the Dreamliner of pho.

a building with a sign on the front

a building with cars parked on the side of the street

a sign on the front of a restaurant

a building with signs on the side

a store front with a sign on the window

I turned to Yelp again which, unlike Pho 777, led me to a very bad restaurant called Tank Noodle (reference “What to Avoid?” above).

a green sign on a building

a bowl of soup with meat and vegetables
It looked the part.
a bowl of soup with vegetables and sprouts
But it was no good, no good at all.


Like wine tasting, there’s more to the experience than sampling. There’s also the beautiful views. The same is true here. If you are in between meals, take photos of the great street art.

a wall with graffiti on it

a mural on a building


I wish I would’ve had the appetite to try more than one place. At least I know where to go next time I’m in Chicago.

a street with a bridge over it


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