630 S. Federal Blvd., 303-936-4954, www.newsaigon.com
1600 E. 17th Ave., 303-399-0988, www.parallelseventeen.com
This pho palace has a rich family history and even richer bowls of steamy, fragrant broth. 1002 S. Federal Blvd., 303-936-3322; the Streets at SouthGlenn, 6879 S. Vine St., Ste. 714, Centennial, 303-797-9535; www.pho95noodlehouse.com
We’ve long been trawling the pho circuit in Denver, but we craved something less expensive than the high-end joints and less dive-y than the almost-too-fast pho places. Which is why we were ecstatic when Pho-natic opened on Colfax Avenue last summer. The space is sunny, the service is speedy, and the bill is palatable. Order the spring rolls, a bowl of steaming pho, and a slow-drip Vietnamese coffee. We are unabashed regulars. 229 E.