How do we brave the winter cold? By hunching over a piping-hot bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup. We've got four styles to fit the soulful comfort food you're craving.

How do we brave the winter cold? By hunching over a piping-hot bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup. We've got four styles to fit the soulful comfort food you're craving.

Novel for Novices: Lan Viet Chicken Pho

Perfect for pho beginners, Lan Viet Market's Pho Ga is a cousin to chicken noodle soup with its perfectly sliced chicken pieces, light yellow broth and deluge of green onions. Served with a tray of condiments (including pre-poured Sriracha and hoisin), this soup, with its mildly flavored broth, is simple and familiar. northmarket.com

Meat Lovers: Signature Pho at Buckeye Pho

This South Vietnamese pho is a carnivore's dream. Dense pork and beef meatballs, crunchy tripe, tendon and two types of beef (well done and raw) accompany a rich broth that simmers with ginger, clove, coriander and anise-flavored fennel seeds for 15 hours at this North Side shopping center gem. buckeyepho.com

Seafood Fancy: Pho Tom at Huong Vietnamese

Five tail-on boiled shrimp join an unctuous and almost sweet beef broth at this sure-to-be-busy Morse Road hotspot with undoubtedly some of the best pho in town. A generous portion of thin rice noodles lurks beneath the bubbles and two types of onions. Throw in a lime slice or two to complement the shellfish. huongvr.blogspot.com

Nontraditional Nosh: Pho Asian Noodle's Beef Spicy Asian Noodle

Nestled on the menu under "Pho and Noodles" at this converted fast food restaurant in Upper Arlington is a pho-like soup that may challenge some purists. Similarities include a coriander-kissed broth, a side plate of limes, cilantro, sprouts and the typical pho accoutrements. But you'll also find hearty trapezoids of braised beef, thick egg-not rice-noodles and baby bok choy, which make for creative twists on the dish. phoasiannoodle.com