Vegan Food

Vegan Phở Tour of Seattle

Based on zero scientific evidence – just my own estimation – I think that the Seattle area has the second largest density Vietnamese restaurants in the U.S., (700+ in the Puget Sound?). Based on this entirely unsubstantiated fact, I am happy to provide you with an incomplete* list of places to get phở made with vegan broth. Let’s go for a tour! Don’t you always visit restaurants in alphabetical order? Heh.

Pearl Bistro. Photo courtesy of Southside Vegan Score Contributor Rebecca Bolte

Minor note: I couldn’t go to all of these places personally, so some were suggested by other nice folks. I tried to provide a quote from Yelp or Twitter on their veggie broth or vegan goodness, but this doesn’t mean that the restaurant is actually good. You’ll have to check out the Yelp reviews or try ’em to know for sure.

Major note: none of these places are 100% vegan, so always ask about the broth before you order – things change fast, ya know.

*Oh wait, one more thing! This list is incomplete. Please comment with any other places that you know of that offer vegan phở in and around Seattle and I’ll add it to the list. Thanks friends!

Ballet Restaurant
914 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 328-7983
“I ordered veggie phở with tofu. Than Brothers, look out! My $5.95 bowl came with broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, bean sprouts, lots of tofu strips, tons of rice noodles, and a great broth.”

Broadway Cafe
1519 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-8116
“Some of the best Asian food in town! The food (plenty of veggie and vegan choices) is great, inexpensive, and made with love the woman who owns the cafe (with her husband).”

Cafe Phở
823 3rd Ave, Ste 201
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 447-7100
“The vegan phở is also a godsend in the downtown area where I can only generally find fish gut soup.”

Pho Khang

Julie’s Garden
81 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 223-3690
“They have a choice between beef or veggie broth…some hoisin, sriracha, basil and lime I left satisfied…for $6.50, I’ll be back.”

Long Provincial
1901 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 443-6266
“This place is amazing…they fixed my wife (Vegan) and I (gluten-free) up perfectly, that’s not an easy task.”

Lucky’s Phở
3414 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-5125
“Maybe the best veggie pho in town.”
Bonus: heard they don’t use MSG

Loving Hut
1228 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 726-8669
“Yay, I love that this is the best phở I’ve had in the city, faux-phở or otherwise.”
Bonus: heard that the phở doesn’t have MSG.

Moonlight Cafe
1919 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 322-337
“The veggie phở here is amazing. I order it without the fake meat, just the fried tofu. It comes with fried tofu skin.”

Papaya Vietnamese Cuisine (thanks Urban Critter)
15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98008
(425) 643-8999
“Best [phở ] I’ve had is Papaya in Bellevue.”

Pearl Bistro
5020 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 588-3562
Vegan phở too. That’s wonderful. Not many phở joints I’ve been to actually offer vegan options. Sure, they might try the Veggie route, but to go full on Vegan? Amazing.”

Phở Cyclo Cafe
406 Broadway E.
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 329-9256
“I judge phở places based on their veggie pho… Phở Cyclo’s is very good – plenty of veggies and tofu and tasty broth.

Phở Khang (go here Khamis – they never use MSG!)
1400 S Jackson St, Ste #5
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 328-731
“The vegan phở had an onion-y broth with the good crispy fried onions on top. Good noodles too. And very handy spoon.” (see photo above)

Pho Khang and Than Brothers

Phở Tran (Thanks Phil!)
21919 66th Ave W
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
(425) 774-4556
“Phở Tran’s bun chay is excellent!”

Tamarind Tree
1036 S Jackson St, Ste A
Seattle, WA 98127
(206) 860-1404
“I liked that they had so many options for vegetarians so I was able to find a lot to eat.”

Thanh Vi (Thanks Jason!)
4224 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 633-7867
“Absolutely fave is Thanh Vi on the Ave. Great veggie broth, fresh veggies galore and super friendly staff!”

Than Brothers (this is my favorite, also loved by Molly!)
-Greenlake: 7714 Aurora Ave N.
-Capitol Hill: 516 Broadway E.
-West Seattle: 4822 California Ave SW.
-U-District: 4207 University Way N.E.
-Ballard: 2021 NW Market Street
-Redmond: 7844 Leary Way NE
They also have locations in Everett, Edmonds, and Tacoma!
“I just went to the Lower Queen Anne location. Big bowl of Phở with tons of veggies. Yum.”
Note: heard they use tons of MSG. (Hope that’s not why I like it).

What The Phở!
10680 NE 8th St
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 462-5600
“The one thing What the Phở does that is nice is they have a veggie option that is absolutely filled with vegetables.”

OK. Your turn! I’d love to know what you think about any of these places. Which are the best? Are Molly and I the only ones who love Than Brothers?

25 thoughts on “Vegan Phở Tour of Seattle

  1. Lucky's Pho in Fremont have veggie pho, though I've never been there myself.Double check with the Than Brothers location you go to–Jeff & I tried to go to the one in Bellevue once, but it turned out their "vegetarian" pho used beef broth. At least they had a sign/note on the menu telling people.

  2. Thanks Anika! This post was heaven sent. I really love Pho and crave it all the time. I'm a southy and usually go to loving hut (which you left out on this post but I'm guessing that's because it is a pretty obvious choice.) I also love to make my own.

  3. Emily, thanks for the heads up about Than Bro, how strange that their Bellevue location doesn't have the veggie broth option. Like there are no veg east siders? Oh well, I removed it from the list.

  4. Wait, Lucky's? I go there like every other day from work for their tofu sandwich, but was under the belief that I couldn't eat their pho because all their broth is meat-based. I'm pretty sure that's what the guy there told me…

  5. Suzy, will you ask Lucky's next time you are in there? There seems to be evidence that they have veggie broth on Yelp (not very reliable, but since neither Emily or I have been there, would be awesome to have confirmation. 🙂

  6. For folks further north, 5 Seasons on Aurora @ 97th, Tic Tac Pho on Aurora @ 145th and New's Noodles on Greenwood @ 87th all have good veggie options. Still, my fave is Than Vi on the Ave. Yum! I strongly suspect I got food poisoning from UnPhoGettable on Greenwood @ Holman, plus it was seriously mediocre food even if it isn't what made me sick, so I'd skip that one. (Hubby was unimpressed with their meat offerings as well.)

  7. Anika you made me crave pho so I went to Pho Viet Anh to pick up lunch! They said the veggie pho is vegan and I also love it because it's MSG-free (can't eat the msg or I'll get a migraine)…-KatieP

  8. Ahhhhh this post makes me soooo happy! I literally eat pho at least 3 times a week and I have my Tacoma standbys but never really get pho in Seattle. Mostly because if I'm in Seattle, Highline lures me in. I'll def have to check some place out!

  9. Uh gross. I've never been to the one in West Seattle, but the one in Ballard and the one on Cap Hill has always done right by me. I hope you were able to tell right away, without eating it! @DeuceNicelTay – What are the Tacoma places? I need to go and visit my aunt and would love to know where you go!

  10. Nhu Thuy on South 38th is my absolute favorite, followed by Pho King on MLK St and then Pho V and V on South Tacoma Way. V and V is MSG free and puts creative veggies (bell peppers and celery) in their soup which is awesome, but I think their broth is the blandest. Nhu Thuy has the best broth and Pho King has super cheap tofu bahn mi.

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  12. Yeah! I love Bamboo and I didn’t know it was the same as pho 900. I think it is my favorite too. I need to update this post since Pearl Bistro moved too. And I know there are about 5 more places to add to this list.

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