At Pho Le in Dorchester, steam wafts straight up from a gigantic bowl of soup, tender slices of beef floating in the clear broth, a mound of thin rice noodles at the bottom of the bowl. This Vietnamese pho is accompanied by a plate piled high with mint, cinnamon basil, and bean sprouts.  — Matt Barber

PHO LE 1356 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, 617-506-6294, pholedorchester.com