Well I use to agree with the Pho Duy on Federal, but they started getting to inconsistent with me. The reason was that the Pho wasn't coming out as hot and you know Pho, it must come out really hot. Now for Pho 79 in Aurora it is good, but I like my Pho cleaner and the broth not so fatty. However, my wife and I found a new Pho restaurant in Aurora in the H-Mart parking lot (Havana & Yale), called Pho-Yo, and believe me it is great Pho(clean broth), great service (the girls in the restaurant are great to look at), and a clean and updated restaurant. This is not like the run-down atmosphere you usually get at Pho restaurants and you know what they say, "you can always tell how sanitary a restaurant is by its bathrooms". Lastly, they have this frozen yogart which is so delicious, its just like that yogart crazy out in California; but it still has all the traditional Vietnamese stuff like, Boba and ice coffee.
Best Pho Denver 2008 - Pho 79
I'll cast a vote for Pho Duy in Broomfield (next door to the POM). Amazing and friendly. Excellent food and service and amazing Bun Dac Biet as well. And of course there is always New Saigon near Federal and Alameda.
I'll defend this place. I really like it. Very consistent and tasty. Also, if you go frequently they treat you as family. I went one time on a cold winter day and they actually were out of soup, there was a run on it. That is some good Pho!, it was worth waiting for the next batch from scratch to be made.
I'll have to agree with amos, Pho Duy is the best I've had in Denver, both in quantity and quality, a rare feat. Pho 79 used to be the place I take my friends to "ease" them into Asian cuisine, but what used to be a cool pho joint has turned into a bit of a circus... waterfall? golden pillars? come on... their new menu now offers more choices, but why? I'm going to a pho place for pho, I can go the 100 other Vietnamese restaurants on Federal for the other great dishes. Here's a tip, order your rare steak on the side and put it in yourself when your pho arrives, if the broth isn't hot enough to cook the steak when it arrives at your table, it's not good enough, and this is what I've experienced in pho 79 after their "renovation".
Pho Duy. Kentucky + Federal. Truly. It's restorative. I've converted more caucasians than St. Patrick by taking them there.
Actually, scratch that. I don't want to have to compete with you for a table. It's busy enough there as it is. Got to Pho 78. Particularly if you like undercooked noodles and salty, flavorless broth.
P.S. My master is better than your master.
I've been a Pho-junky for several years, exploring the Pho joints in Denver, San Diego and Honolulu. Pho 79 is a mediocre Pho house, far from Denver's best. You'll do much better at Pho 78 (of all things) in Westminster. Their broth is decadent and their brisket is always tender with the right amount of fat.