It is quite popular among various social groups to have a favorite place to go for gastronomical options. A spot that encapsulates a comforting and familiar atmosphere, and that provides cuisine that is enjoyed and loved by those who flock to it. In Boston, it seems that there would be an endless selection of spots like this for various members of the incredibly dense student population, and working population, to find their own favorite place. Bostonians who reside downtown, including members of Suffolk University, and Emerson College, also have the convenience of exploring Chinatown in search of that favorite place. When I arrived at Emerson College in January 2010, the favorite place seemed to already have been established. Pho Pasteur, located on Washington Street, is the spot.
When first brought to Pho, I couldn't help but notice the oddities, like inexplicable excitement over what initially appeared to be a run of the mill Chinatown restaurant, or the fact that our waiter knew all the students I was sitting with, as if they were old friends. These curiosities would be answered over time and many more visits to Pho Pasteur.
My next observation, when my bowl of the famous Pho noodles was placed in front of me, was that the food is in fact delicious. The Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine served at Pho Pasteur encompasses a spectrum of foreign and delicious flavors to which I had never been exposed earlier. In the months since then I have encountered various items from the menu that bring variety and new excitement to each new visit.
[...] In consideration of they're past awards and recognition, its clear that they do have a following which extends beyond the students of Emerson College, however if you type in Pasteur' in the “find a restaurant” section of Boston Magazines website, no results will be found (Which is interesting considering its winning Best Vietnamese Food from Boston Magazine, according to Pho Pasteur's website). Chinatown is filled with various treats, and foreign cuisines that many Americans are not familiar with. To the untrained American eye, a treasure like Pho Pasteur can blend in to its seemingly similar surroundings. [...]
[...] Personally I have felt like an outsider at many restaurants in Chinatown, with foreign languages whizzing past me, and almost no attention given to my non- acclimated presence. Pho Pasteur recognizes a cultural difference and invites the customer along for a meal where they are all equals. It's as if they inexplicably give the customer permission to just experience culture and broadening each other's horizons. Now this is all getting a little over the top for just some restaurant tucked away in the heart of Chinatown, Boston. [...]
[...] It is an experience that I think few are privy to, so I wanted to show my mother how we enjoy It stuck to me that Benny decided to say, we enjoy Characteristics of Pho Pasteur may not seem to stand out against other restaurants with good food, and good service, but it does to many students at Emerson College. Fellow Pho lover Emerson student John Curtis even went as far to say, Pasteur has a small cult following at Emerson. [...]
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