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July 20, 2010

Baltimore Pho closing

Baltimore PhoA colleague just forwarded me a message from the people at Baltimore Pho, at 1116 Hollins St. Here goes. LV

To our loyal customers:

It is with bittersweet sentiment that we announce Baltimore Pho will be closing after close of business Saturday July 24.....and REOPENING as Cockey's Tavern at Hollins....merging the Hollins tradition with the Cockey family who has owned restaurants in Maryland since the 1840's.

The Hollins Market area has progressed so much in the time that we have been open, and now a capable, passionate, individual has stepped up to continue the legacy of a friendly, warm, affordable restaurant with excellent food.

We want to thank you so much for your loyal patronage and for the friendships that we have built with so many of you over the last 2 1/2 years. Our customers are what have made us what we are.

The new restaurant, Cockey's Tavern at Hollins, will be opening within several weeks, and we will keep you updated on its progress. We hope that you continue to support the area by checking out Cockey's and taking advantage of everything that it will have to offer. So we will see you this week for your "phinal" meal! :) Thank you again.

Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 11:59 AM | | Comments (22)


Dammit. There are plenty of taverns in Baltimore. Pho shops, not so much.

crap! I love their pho! Where am I gonna get awesome pho!

pho pho pho pho!

Mekong Delta on Saratoga has much, much better pho.

I second the motion - Mekong Delta!

I second Andy, though I would rather go out to the burbs for cheaper/bigger pho.

Mekong Delta is good, but Baltimore Pho has an amazing variety of stuff, traditional and non-. I've enjoyed meals at both places, but I wouldn't say Mekong is "much, much better". Very good and different.

Matt K, I'd rather not go to the burbs for anything, really... (Although I did first have pho in a strip mall joint.)

I'm very disappointed as well. Baltimore Pho was really sensitive to vegetarians and I'll so miss my veggie pho.

captcha: acquiescent paining

Exactly, Karin.

captcha: justified rice

It's pronounced: Kahk-AY

I'm so bummed. I purchased a certificate to use there and never got around to it.

I went there once and just wasn't impressed with the pho. Sean brings up a good point, too -- Baltimore has more than its share of taverns, cocky or modest.

I was always turned away by the "reservations" tag on the website. I don't make reservations for cheap soup. I get it for $7 from Pho Namh in Catonsville, and it's excellent.

Pho Nam has the most meat in their pho, baltimore pho was overpriced for smaller portions.

I adored Baltimore Pho - the food was always great, drinks were delicious and the staff was always great to us. Did the Pho owners want to get out of the business? Otherwise I see no reason to add yet another tavern to the many Baltimore already has.

Minato on Charles St. has pretty good pho. I liked Baltimore Pho's drinks, appetizers and random dishes more than their pho.

Seconded; Pho Nam is probably my favorite pho in town. Helluva haul to get out there from the city, but it makes a stop at the H-Mart a convenient excuse.

Minato's pho is passable, particularly on a cold winter's night. Bonus points for the generous side-fixings. Sometimes, it seems like their treatment of the meat can be a little precious, given the street fare nature of pho.

Still, Baltimore's pho is improving; there are more places now than a scant five years ago.

Thanks for blogging about this, Laura, and thank you everybody for the comments. What we tried to do in our time in business was offer a variety of good food, a warm atmosphere, and a unique dining experience, at an affordable price. We also focused on the health aspects, as previously mentioned, with options for vegetarians and vegans. As for our beef pho, we use more bone marrow instead of using any MSG, which unfortunately does cost a bit more. We sincerely thank everyone who supported us during our time in business and are glad that we were able to build a large base of regular customers and friends who enjoyed what we had to offer.

We'll miss you!! Once we finally found our way to Baltimore Pho, we enjoyed it immensely. Best of luck to you.

Really, quite bummed about this. Also, we ate there numerous times and never had to make reservations. They were very accommodating to us when we showed up with about 8 people. Truly truly truly going to miss this place.

Oh man! I just went to Baltimore Pho for the first time and loved it. They should re-open in Hamilton...

AMS, that's a great idea. OR, they could take over the old Parkside spot in Lauraville... Wishing, wishing...

Dang it! Now Pho #1 is gonna be packed with phowankers!!:(

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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