When the weather starts to get cold, nothing beats a bowl of hot pho — on chilly, wind-swept winter days in particular, but really anytime your body could use a restorative, belly-warming pick-me-up. The Bay Area has no shortage of slurp-worthy bowls, whether you’re looking for the classic, star anise- and hoisin-laced Southern Vietnamese beef pho or any number of other styles that might strike your fancy — chicken pho; clear, Northern-style pho; soupless, dry-style pho; and even a couple of modern, deconstructed versions.
Of course, pho in the greater San Jose area, which is home to the Bay Area’s best Vietnamese food scene, merits its own separate conversation. But fortunately San Francisco and the East Bay have their own wealth of deeply comforting, satisfying options. Here are 12 of our favorite bowls.Read More