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Where to Find Pho in the Twin Cities

Ring in the start of soup season the right way

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Summer is officially over, and with falling temperatures and fall foliage far as the eye can see, all signs point to one thing: soup season has returned.

Pho is undeniably one of the heartiest options around, and the Twin Cities and its suburbs luckily have plenty of places to sample the Vietnamese soup. Traditional bowls feature a bevy of rice noodles and various cuts of beef or other proteins drowning in a rich and savory beef-bone broth, flanked by flavorful garnishments like basil, sliced jalapeños, and bean sprouts.

Here are 31 spots for fine pho that crisscross and touch most corners of the Twin Cities.

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1. Best Taste of Pho Saigon

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11712 Ulysses St NE
Blaine, MN 55434
(763) 208-6811
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Located in Blaine, Best Taste of Pho Saigon has 11 different pho options to choose from. But it’s their Ultimate pho that truly has all the beef one could stomach, complete with short ribs on the side.

2. New Mandarin Restaurant

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2711 Coon Rapids Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
(763) 757-0606
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Located off Coon Rapids Boulevard, New Mandarin might boast a spectacular lunch buffet, but their pho is where it’s at. And if one is feeling quite carnivorous, go for the Pho Ga Hap La Chanch, which throws a whole half chicken into the mix to go along with a rich and flavorful broth.

3. Thai Twist Restaurant & Banquet Hall

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1009 109th Ave NE
Blaine, MN 55434
(763) 432-3577
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While one may think St. Paul and Minneapolis have all the pho one can seek, the ‘burbs are presenting some serious competition. Exhibit A: fragrant and tasty pho from Thai Twist in Blaine.

4. Reuan Thai Restaurant

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311B Central Ave
Osseo, MN 55369
(763) 425-7882
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Reuan Thai has been serving patrons in Osseo with their numerous Thai offerings, however, their Combination Pho is a standout with beef meatballs, shrimp, crab, and squid. Along with accoutrements like jalapeños, basil, sprouts, Thai chili oil and hoisin, this pho is more of a meal than it is a pregame starter.

5. Kim Anh Pastery & Deli

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8586 Edinburgh Centre Dr
Minneapolis, MN 55443
(763) 425-8888
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With a motto like “come for pho, stay for boba tea,” the combination pairing at Kim Anh in Brooklyn Park is known for its flavorful versions of both.

6. The King's Thai Cuisine

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7890 University Ave NE
Fridley, MN 55432
(763) 571-1188
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While the King’s Thai in Fridley specializes in a plethora of Thai cuisine, their “Pho King Good” tastes exactly as it sounds.

7. Hip Sing BBQ

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6201 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
(763) 537-4430
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While you might see king crab and roasted duck take center stage at Hip Sing, there’s also seven types of pho made with over 27 different spices.

8. Pho 400

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400 Old Hwy 8 NW
New Brighton, MN 55112
(651) 633-9480
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Delectable and savory pho is not confined to Twin Cities proper, and Pho 400 off of Old Highway 8 in New Brighton proves that by offering steamy bowls with pick-your-own proteins.

9. Chow Thai Restaurant

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4022 Central Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
(763) 789-9999
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St. Paul and Minneapolis are not the only spots to find fabulous pho. Whether it’s a secret, urban legend, or otherwise, the ‘burbs such as Columbia Heights is where one can find some great and enriching pho at Chow Thai Restaurant.

10. China Chef

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2240 Castle Ave E
St Paul, MN 55109
(651) 777-9790
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Located over in North St. Paul, China Chef may be better known for its Chinese-American fare, but they do offer a sizable pho selection with a tasty and fragrant broth.

11. Que Viet Village House

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2211 Johnson St NE #3905
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-4744
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Known for a broth that packs the meanest of punches, this family-owned establishment in the heart of Northeast has served slurp-worthy pho to the masses for a minute.

12. Pho Mai Dinkytown

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319 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 236-4538
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While Dinkytown is trying to find its soul amidst the numerous student highrises and rising prices, standby spot Pho Mai is here to help all with delectable pho.

13. I Heart Pho

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850 Maryland Ave E
St Paul, MN 55106
(651) 600-3724
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Located in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood, this emphatically named spot for pho serves a rich and aromatic broth known to warm any cold heart.

14. Pho 79

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2233 Energy Park Dr #800
St Paul, MN 55108
(651) 644-2327
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Located within a stone’s throw of Energy Park, Pho 79 provides wanting patrons a top secret family broth for its pho that warms up hungry locals during Minnesota’s bitter cold months.

15. Lotus Restaurant

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113 W Grant St
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 870-1218
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Located in the heart of Loring Park, this family-owned establishment is known for awesome service and serving countless bowls of fantastic pho.

16. Eastside Thai Restaurant

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879 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130
(651) 776-6599
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Served with chicken or brisket beef, the pho at Eastside Thai is served in three different sizes. They also offer a combo pho, which adds pork belly along with meatballs and beef brisket.

17. Pho Pasteur

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694 Snelling Ave N
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 756-8562
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This much talked-about and revered place for pho off University and Snelling near the Midway area of St. Paul is known for its sizable space and some of the best pho in the Twin Cities.

18. Pho Hoa Noodle Soup - Minneapolis

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2450 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-8000
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A longtime staple on Eat Street, Pho Hoa also has the distinction of being one of the sole spots on this list that is part of a chain with locations across the U.S. and Canada. Whether it’s their hot-n-sour seafood pho or traditional steak and meatball pho, there’s flavorful pho for every taste bud.

19. Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

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799 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 222-3301
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Boasting fresh and local ingredients such as making its broth out of Thousand Hills grass-fed knuckle and marrow, Ngon Bistro in the heart of Frogtown is providing all of its wanting patrons that travel through their doors with a pho experience unlike any other one in the Twin Cities.

20. Pho Ca Dao

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439 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103
(651) 222-4615

Along with Eat Street, Frogtown in St. Paul can boast the most pho spots per capita. Pho Ca Do, located near the State Capitol, serves a simplified and flavorful pho.

21. Trieu Chau Restaurant

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500 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103
(651) 222-6148

Trieu Chau is not only known for having some of the most delectable pho in Frogtown, but they also have a seafood pho that is equally flavorful.

22. iPho by Saigon

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704 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 225-8751
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Located within five minutes of Allianz Field, Midway’s own iPho by Saigon offers tasty and savory pho, with a jumbo size designed to cure the hangry in one (or several) people.

23. Quang Restaurant

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2719 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 870-4739
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A longtime family institution on Eat Street, Quang serves quintessential pho no matter the protein of choice, complete with plentiful amounts of accoutrements.

24. My Huong Kitchen

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2718 Nicollet Ave #101B
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 872-2323
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A small family home dining room is the setting for My Huong Kitchen, where one can get delicious bowls of pho, and if one feels like cooling down, maybe some bubble tea too.

25. Pho Tau Bay

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2837 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 874-6030
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While the amount of pho spots spotted while driving along the Nicollet Avenue stretch will have anyone salivating, Pho Tau Bay is definitely one of the staples of Eat Street.

26. Phở #1 Vietnamese Restaurant

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544 St Peter St
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 291-7461

Located in the heart of Downtown St. Paul, Pho #1 has long served pho to the working crowd in a sleek and simple family-style setting.

27. Saigon Uptown Restaurant

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3035 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 827-8918

Located in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood, Saigon Uptown is not only known for its wide array of American-Chinese and Cantonese offerings, but their Pho Ga and Pho Bo house specials are the known stars of the show.

28. IndoChin Vietnamese Restaurant

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1702 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 690-2728
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Grand Avenue is a treasure trove of awesome Asian-owned and operated establishments such as IndoChin. This popular place offers a flavorful pho to warm one’s mind, body, and spirit on a Minnesota winter day.

29. Vo's Vietnamese Restaurant

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3450 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 584-3630
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Located near Five Watt Coffee on Lyndale, Vo’s has long been a staple of Uptown for its countless Vietnamese dishes. But their pho served with either beef or chicken is truly memorable, especially if meatballs are added.

30. Viet Hoa Vietnamese and Chinese Restaurant

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4773 County Rd 101
Minnetonka, MN 55345
(952) 933-6361
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Located about 30 minutes from the shores of Lake Minnetonka, Viet Hoa serves a wide array of pho options with different proteins to choose from. Think: different cuts of beef or a seafood pho variety.

31. Co Tu Oriental Cuisine Restaurant

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8907 Penn Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55431
(952) 884-3295
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Located a stone’s throw from both the MSP Airport and the Mall of America, Co Tu Oriental has several pho options, but their ox tail pho is the way to go.

1. Best Taste of Pho Saigon

11712 Ulysses St NE, Blaine, MN 55434

Located in Blaine, Best Taste of Pho Saigon has 11 different pho options to choose from. But it’s their Ultimate pho that truly has all the beef one could stomach, complete with short ribs on the side.

11712 Ulysses St NE
Blaine, MN 55434

2. New Mandarin Restaurant

2711 Coon Rapids Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Located off Coon Rapids Boulevard, New Mandarin might boast a spectacular lunch buffet, but their pho is where it’s at. And if one is feeling quite carnivorous, go for the Pho Ga Hap La Chanch, which throws a whole half chicken into the mix to go along with a rich and flavorful broth.

2711 Coon Rapids Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

3. Thai Twist Restaurant & Banquet Hall

1009 109th Ave NE, Blaine, MN 55434

While one may think St. Paul and Minneapolis have all the pho one can seek, the ‘burbs are presenting some serious competition. Exhibit A: fragrant and tasty pho from Thai Twist in Blaine.

1009 109th Ave NE
Blaine, MN 55434

4. Reuan Thai Restaurant

311B Central Ave, Osseo, MN 55369

Reuan Thai has been serving patrons in Osseo with their numerous Thai offerings, however, their Combination Pho is a standout with beef meatballs, shrimp, crab, and squid. Along with accoutrements like jalapeños, basil, sprouts, Thai chili oil and hoisin, this pho is more of a meal than it is a pregame starter.

311B Central Ave
Osseo, MN 55369

5. Kim Anh Pastery & Deli

8586 Edinburgh Centre Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55443

With a motto like “come for pho, stay for boba tea,” the combination pairing at Kim Anh in Brooklyn Park is known for its flavorful versions of both.

8586 Edinburgh Centre Dr
Minneapolis, MN 55443

6. The King's Thai Cuisine

7890 University Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55432

While the King’s Thai in Fridley specializes in a plethora of Thai cuisine, their “Pho King Good” tastes exactly as it sounds.

7890 University Ave NE
Fridley, MN 55432

7. Hip Sing BBQ

6201 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

While you might see king crab and roasted duck take center stage at Hip Sing, there’s also seven types of pho made with over 27 different spices.

6201 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

8. Pho 400

400 Old Hwy 8 NW, New Brighton, MN 55112

Delectable and savory pho is not confined to Twin Cities proper, and Pho 400 off of Old Highway 8 in New Brighton proves that by offering steamy bowls with pick-your-own proteins.

400 Old Hwy 8 NW
New Brighton, MN 55112

9. Chow Thai Restaurant

4022 Central Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

St. Paul and Minneapolis are not the only spots to find fabulous pho. Whether it’s a secret, urban legend, or otherwise, the ‘burbs such as Columbia Heights is where one can find some great and enriching pho at Chow Thai Restaurant.

4022 Central Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421

10. China Chef

2240 Castle Ave E, St Paul, MN 55109

Located over in North St. Paul, China Chef may be better known for its Chinese-American fare, but they do offer a sizable pho selection with a tasty and fragrant broth.

2240 Castle Ave E
St Paul, MN 55109

11. Que Viet Village House

2211 Johnson St NE #3905, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Known for a broth that packs the meanest of punches, this family-owned establishment in the heart of Northeast has served slurp-worthy pho to the masses for a minute.

2211 Johnson St NE #3905
Minneapolis, MN 55418

12. Pho Mai Dinkytown

319 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

While Dinkytown is trying to find its soul amidst the numerous student highrises and rising prices, standby spot Pho Mai is here to help all with delectable pho.

319 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

13. I Heart Pho

850 Maryland Ave E, St Paul, MN 55106

Located in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood, this emphatically named spot for pho serves a rich and aromatic broth known to warm any cold heart.

850 Maryland Ave E
St Paul, MN 55106

14. Pho 79

2233 Energy Park Dr #800, St Paul, MN 55108

Located within a stone’s throw of Energy Park, Pho 79 provides wanting patrons a top secret family broth for its pho that warms up hungry locals during Minnesota’s bitter cold months.

2233 Energy Park Dr #800
St Paul, MN 55108

15. Lotus Restaurant

113 W Grant St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Located in the heart of Loring Park, this family-owned establishment is known for awesome service and serving countless bowls of fantastic pho.

113 W Grant St
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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16. Eastside Thai Restaurant

879 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130

Served with chicken or brisket beef, the pho at Eastside Thai is served in three different sizes. They also offer a combo pho, which adds pork belly along with meatballs and beef brisket.

879 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130

17. Pho Pasteur

694 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104

This much talked-about and revered place for pho off University and Snelling near the Midway area of St. Paul is known for its sizable space and some of the best pho in the Twin Cities.

694 Snelling Ave N
St Paul, MN 55104

18. Pho Hoa Noodle Soup - Minneapolis

2450 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

A longtime staple on Eat Street, Pho Hoa also has the distinction of being one of the sole spots on this list that is part of a chain with locations across the U.S. and Canada. Whether it’s their hot-n-sour seafood pho or traditional steak and meatball pho, there’s flavorful pho for every taste bud.

2450 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

19. Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

799 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104

Boasting fresh and local ingredients such as making its broth out of Thousand Hills grass-fed knuckle and marrow, Ngon Bistro in the heart of Frogtown is providing all of its wanting patrons that travel through their doors with a pho experience unlike any other one in the Twin Cities.

799 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104

20. Pho Ca Dao

439 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103

Along with Eat Street, Frogtown in St. Paul can boast the most pho spots per capita. Pho Ca Do, located near the State Capitol, serves a simplified and flavorful pho.

439 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103

21. Trieu Chau Restaurant

500 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103

Trieu Chau is not only known for having some of the most delectable pho in Frogtown, but they also have a seafood pho that is equally flavorful.

500 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103

22. iPho by Saigon

704 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104

Located within five minutes of Allianz Field, Midway’s own iPho by Saigon offers tasty and savory pho, with a jumbo size designed to cure the hangry in one (or several) people.

704 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104

23. Quang Restaurant

2719 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

A longtime family institution on Eat Street, Quang serves quintessential pho no matter the protein of choice, complete with plentiful amounts of accoutrements.

2719 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

24. My Huong Kitchen

2718 Nicollet Ave #101B, Minneapolis, MN 55408

A small family home dining room is the setting for My Huong Kitchen, where one can get delicious bowls of pho, and if one feels like cooling down, maybe some bubble tea too.

2718 Nicollet Ave #101B
Minneapolis, MN 55408

25. Pho Tau Bay

2837 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

While the amount of pho spots spotted while driving along the Nicollet Avenue stretch will have anyone salivating, Pho Tau Bay is definitely one of the staples of Eat Street.

2837 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

26. Phở #1 Vietnamese Restaurant

544 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102

Located in the heart of Downtown St. Paul, Pho #1 has long served pho to the working crowd in a sleek and simple family-style setting.

544 St Peter St
St Paul, MN 55102

27. Saigon Uptown Restaurant

3035 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Located in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood, Saigon Uptown is not only known for its wide array of American-Chinese and Cantonese offerings, but their Pho Ga and Pho Bo house specials are the known stars of the show.

3035 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

28. IndoChin Vietnamese Restaurant

1702 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

Grand Avenue is a treasure trove of awesome Asian-owned and operated establishments such as IndoChin. This popular place offers a flavorful pho to warm one’s mind, body, and spirit on a Minnesota winter day.

1702 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

29. Vo's Vietnamese Restaurant

3450 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Located near Five Watt Coffee on Lyndale, Vo’s has long been a staple of Uptown for its countless Vietnamese dishes. But their pho served with either beef or chicken is truly memorable, especially if meatballs are added.

3450 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

30. Viet Hoa Vietnamese and Chinese Restaurant

4773 County Rd 101, Minnetonka, MN 55345

Located about 30 minutes from the shores of Lake Minnetonka, Viet Hoa serves a wide array of pho options with different proteins to choose from. Think: different cuts of beef or a seafood pho variety.

4773 County Rd 101
Minnetonka, MN 55345

31. Co Tu Oriental Cuisine Restaurant

8907 Penn Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431

Located a stone’s throw from both the MSP Airport and the Mall of America, Co Tu Oriental has several pho options, but their ox tail pho is the way to go.

8907 Penn Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55431

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