Announcing OC Weekly's First-Ever Final Pho!

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Dave Lieberman
If you are a sports fan, you are looking forward to the coming NCAA Division I basketball tournament, famously known as March Madness and the Final Four. If you are a fan of Vietnamese food, you love pho, the legendary beef (sometimes chicken, sometimes turkey, sometimes fish, sometimes vegetarian) noodle soup that cures better than Jesus.

And if you're a fan of both? Have we Forkers got a treat for you: the Final Pho, in which Dave, Edwin, Shuji, and I will take 16 pho restaurants in Orange County with the arduous task of deciding who is the best of them all. Details after the jump!
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The breakdown is fiendishly simple: The four of us each picked four pho places (Dave picked first, then Shuji, then Edwin, then me--but I got the first pick). We'll match them up in our own brackets until we each emerge with a winner, leaving the Final Pho. Then, we trade brackets--say, Dave and I are supposed to face off with our respective choices? Shuji and Edwin do the face-off for us, and vice versa.

For the final match-up, we're all going to try the final two and figure out a winner. I'm publishing the brackets this Thursday; first match-up happens next Monday, continuing until the day of the NCAA championship. Stay tuned. . . .




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8 comments
Bsquared
Bsquared

Quan Hop. I drive from LA to eat there. And Pho isn't even my favorite dish there. Bun Cha Ha Noi is.

If you can make a 'clever' pun out of Bun Cha Ha Noi, that would be a good face off. I guess you don't know my 1st rule of Pho. Bad Pun = Bad Pho. Thankfully you don't see that in Little Saigon that much unless 'Pho 79' is a pun I don't get. Pho Kimmy is about as punny as it gets. If I was a 12 year old boy, Pho Tan Lich might be funny.

909Jeff
909Jeff

I hope they post the schedule so we can show up where they are going to be eating and chear or heckle... Im willing to bet Stavo doesnt use Sriracha... He puts his sacred Tapatio in the pho... But not to much he cant take the heat!

Cant wait to follow!

Dwayne
Dwayne

YES! Finally a sensible and organized way of determining "best." Please feel free to apply this method to other foods in OC....

JB
JB

Can we Commenters bet on this? I've got Quan Hop going to the Finals.....and Gonzaga...I mean, Pho Bo Vang...is my Cinderella team.....

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

If you can think of a bad food pun to tie it to a much-beloved sporting event, I'm all ears--Super Burrito Bowl just doesn't have the same buzz...

909Jeff
909Jeff

Damn reaching way back for that one huh?

Well then sir I stand corrected... you win this round!

I wish I could post pictures on here... My Wife and I recently went to Key West and there is a store there called the Peppers of Key West I did a tasting there where we went from no heat to 600,000 SU... Needless to say at the end I was soaking wet with sweat and the only two people who went all the way to the 600K were myself and one other guy out of about 30 people. Coincidentally as it turns out we were both in the Marines. Hows that for stupido?

Pinche Pride! Hurts everytime!

Dwayne
Dwayne

I wasn't referring to the pun, as bad as it may be....and with puns, the worse they are, the better they are. I was simply referring to the methodology to determine "best" involving four writers.

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