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Where to Eat Pho in New Orleans This Winter

17 spots for steaming bowls of pho in and around New Orleans

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Simply put, pho is a New Orleans staple. Many people outside of the city don't know, but the Big Easy is home to a vibrant Vietnamese community, which primarily dates back to 1975, when many refugees from Vietnam arrived in Louisiana following the Fall of Saigon. Over the decades, Vietnamese cuisine has only made New Orleans's food culture richer and is widely regarded as an integral component of contemporary Creole.

It's not very difficult to find a neighborhood restaurant for pho — the Vietnamese soup known for its long-simmered beef — or chicken, or vegetarian — broth containing various proteins and thin rice noodles — there are dozens. Here, Eater’s picks for the best 17 spots for pho in and around New Orleans. — Gwendolyn Knapp

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NOTE: A number of New Orleans restaurants are offering dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Louisiana Department of Health website.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Phở Orchid Restaurant

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3117 Houma Blvd
Metairie, LA 70006
(504) 457-4188
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The Pho Orchid team runs two Metairie locations, including a speedy Express spot on Airline that’s a better option for fast food. A dine-in only combo offers pho with half a banh mi or 2 spring rolls and a drink for less than $12.

Brisket and meatball pho from Pho Orchid
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2. Ba Chi Canteen

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7900 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 373-5628
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Operated by Phat Vu and Quinn Nguyen of Tan Dinh fame, this is one of the best options for contemporary Vietnamese with lots of specialty items and pork belly dishes. No shock that the pho is fantastic, including vegetarian variations with kimchi and tofu.

Ba Chi Canteen’s rare brisket pho
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3. Rolls N' Bowls

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605 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 309-0519
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Rolls N’ Bowls specializes in two things: spring rolls of all flavors and steaming bowls of pho on the quick and cheap. The tasty bowls are crammed with vegetables, nice and fresh. One of few spots in town to offer bubble tea.

4. MINT Modern

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5100 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 218-5534

Mint Modern Vietnamese doesn’t follow any rules when it comes to Vietnamese food. Beyond its popular banh mi burger (one of the city’s greatest) and banh mi, it’s the spot vegetarians will want to head for a bowl of great pho.

MINT Modern Vietnamese
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5. MoPho

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514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-6845

Chef Michael Gulotta's intention isn't to be totally traditional. Here the former August chef who also leads the Maypop kitchen serves pho with a contemporary Southern twist — think hogs head cheese, tripe, spicy meatballs and noodles in a build-your-own format featuring rich fowl or beef broth, and a pretty tasty vegetarian broth as well.

6. Le's Baguette Banh Mi Cafe

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4607 Dryades St #5529
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-2620
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Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day but Tuesday, Le’s is yet another family-owned Viet cafe that exceeds expectations. Fans appreciate spring rolls, steamed buns filled banh mi, and of course, pho. Open for takeout and dine-in.

7. Magasin Vietnamese Cafe & Magasin Kitchen

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4201 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 896-7611

Nola native Kim Nguyen's Magazine hot spot basically kicked off a contemporary Vietnamese boom in 2012. Magasin has a sleek, comfortable interior and a menu that's cheap, quick, and the second location in the Warehouse District, Magasin Kitchen, (611 O’Keefe Avenue) now offers delivery.

8. Pho Cam Ly

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3814 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 644-4228
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Pho Cam Ly serves deeply fragrant pho, crusty banh mi, and vermicelli bowls in a small Uptown cottage that’s home to the Pho Challenge, a giant bowl consisting of two pounds of noodles and two pounds of meat, which customers must finish within one hour to get make the Wall of Fame and get a free shirt. Don’t be intimidated, though, the regular order of pho comes in small or large.

Pho Cam Ly
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9. Eat Well NOLA

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2700 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 821-7730

Located on Canal and Broad near a very busy bus stop and the courthouse, this mini mart with a killer food counter now also has a stall in Pythian Market not too far away. Both locations serve excellent pho including a vegan variety, as well as a “phoritto,” a bowl of pho stuffed inside a tortilla with rice noodles, bean sprouts, jalapeños, herbs, lime and house sauce.

10. Pho Tau Bay

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1565 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA
(504) 368-9846
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A local institution when it comes to pho and banh mi, this restaurant held down a longtime spot on the West Bank, but moved back to its original CBD location a few years back with counter service, a menu of hits, and broth that many consider the richest in town. Open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for dine-in, takeout, and delivery via third party apps. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

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11. Pho Noi Viet

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2005 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-3399
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Simply delicious Vietnamese food is the standard at Pho Noi Viet on Magazine. There’s a vegan pho option, but the rare beef brisket is tough to miss. Open for takeout and dine-in Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

12. Lilly's Cafe

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1813 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 599-9999

Some New Orleanians claim the the rich pho broth simmered for eight hours at this longtime LGD cafe is the best in town, and the spicy shrimp is a known cure for colds. Lucky for us, owners just announced a second location due late 2021.

13. Thanh Thanh Restaurant

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131 Huey P Long Ave
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 368-8678
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Situated in the heart of Old Gretna steps from the river, Thanh Thanh serves a surprisingly wide range of food — including traditional American breakfast items and Southern fried chicken with fries, but the Vietnamese fare is the real deal, especially the pho.

14. Tan Dinh

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1705 Lafayette St
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 361-8008
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This West Bank favorite is a great spot for pho, from meaty to vegetarian options, but the menu reaches well beyond that with many flavorful soups, from bun bo hue (spicy beef soup) to shrimp hot and sour. Delivery or pickup now available via Postmates.

15. Em Trai Sandwich Co.

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2372 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 302-7772
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Formerly located in St. Roch Market as T2 Streetfood, Tung Nguyen (hailing from the West Bank’s highly-regarded Thanh Thanh dynasty), now cranks out steaming bowls of pho with 24-hour simmered broth in his own place on St. Claude Avenue.

Meatball pho from Em Trai Sandwich Co.
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16. Ba Mien Restaurant

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13235 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129
(504) 255-0500
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One of the city’s favorite Vietnamese restaurants is in New Orleans East, located in a strip mall with a menu that delivers traditional Vietnamese flavors and lots of options. There’s a tripe pho option —not particularly common — and banh cuon, or steamed rice flour rolls (think feather-light Vietnamese manicotti), stuffed with grilled pork, a Saigon specialty.

17. Pho Bang

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14367 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129
(504) 254-3929
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While many folks head out to New Orleans East for banh mi at Dong Phuong and less common Vietnamese dishes at Ba Mien, the quiet Pho Bang shouldn't be overlooked when it comes to a lunchtime bowl of soup. Try the ultra meaty Pho Bang house special featuring tripe, flank, brisket, 'navel' and tendon.

Pho at Pho Bang
Pho at Pho Bang
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1. Phở Orchid Restaurant

3117 Houma Blvd, Metairie, LA 70006
Brisket and meatball pho from Pho Orchid
Pho Orchid Restaurant/Facebook

The Pho Orchid team runs two Metairie locations, including a speedy Express spot on Airline that’s a better option for fast food. A dine-in only combo offers pho with half a banh mi or 2 spring rolls and a drink for less than $12.

3117 Houma Blvd
Metairie, LA 70006

2. Ba Chi Canteen

7900 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Ba Chi Canteen’s rare brisket pho
Ba Chi Canteen/Facebook

Operated by Phat Vu and Quinn Nguyen of Tan Dinh fame, this is one of the best options for contemporary Vietnamese with lots of specialty items and pork belly dishes. No shock that the pho is fantastic, including vegetarian variations with kimchi and tofu.

7900 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118

3. Rolls N' Bowls

605 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70005

Rolls N’ Bowls specializes in two things: spring rolls of all flavors and steaming bowls of pho on the quick and cheap. The tasty bowls are crammed with vegetables, nice and fresh. One of few spots in town to offer bubble tea.

605 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70005

4. MINT Modern

5100 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115
MINT Modern Vietnamese
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Mint Modern Vietnamese doesn’t follow any rules when it comes to Vietnamese food. Beyond its popular banh mi burger (one of the city’s greatest) and banh mi, it’s the spot vegetarians will want to head for a bowl of great pho.

5100 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. MoPho

514 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Chef Michael Gulotta's intention isn't to be totally traditional. Here the former August chef who also leads the Maypop kitchen serves pho with a contemporary Southern twist — think hogs head cheese, tripe, spicy meatballs and noodles in a build-your-own format featuring rich fowl or beef broth, and a pretty tasty vegetarian broth as well.

514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Le's Baguette Banh Mi Cafe

4607 Dryades St #5529, New Orleans, LA 70115

Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day but Tuesday, Le’s is yet another family-owned Viet cafe that exceeds expectations. Fans appreciate spring rolls, steamed buns filled banh mi, and of course, pho. Open for takeout and dine-in.

4607 Dryades St #5529
New Orleans, LA 70115

7. Magasin Vietnamese Cafe & Magasin Kitchen

4201 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Nola native Kim Nguyen's Magazine hot spot basically kicked off a contemporary Vietnamese boom in 2012. Magasin has a sleek, comfortable interior and a menu that's cheap, quick, and the second location in the Warehouse District, Magasin Kitchen, (611 O’Keefe Avenue) now offers delivery.

4201 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. Pho Cam Ly

3814 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Pho Cam Ly
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Pho Cam Ly serves deeply fragrant pho, crusty banh mi, and vermicelli bowls in a small Uptown cottage that’s home to the Pho Challenge, a giant bowl consisting of two pounds of noodles and two pounds of meat, which customers must finish within one hour to get make the Wall of Fame and get a free shirt. Don’t be intimidated, though, the regular order of pho comes in small or large.

3814 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

9. Eat Well NOLA

2700 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Located on Canal and Broad near a very busy bus stop and the courthouse, this mini mart with a killer food counter now also has a stall in Pythian Market not too far away. Both locations serve excellent pho including a vegan variety, as well as a “phoritto,” a bowl of pho stuffed inside a tortilla with rice noodles, bean sprouts, jalapeños, herbs, lime and house sauce.

2700 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119

10. Pho Tau Bay

1565 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

A local institution when it comes to pho and banh mi, this restaurant held down a longtime spot on the West Bank, but moved back to its original CBD location a few years back with counter service, a menu of hits, and broth that many consider the richest in town. Open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for dine-in, takeout, and delivery via third party apps. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

1565 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA

11. Pho Noi Viet

2005 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Simply delicious Vietnamese food is the standard at Pho Noi Viet on Magazine. There’s a vegan pho option, but the rare beef brisket is tough to miss. Open for takeout and dine-in Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

2005 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Lilly's Cafe

1813 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Some New Orleanians claim the the rich pho broth simmered for eight hours at this longtime LGD cafe is the best in town, and the spicy shrimp is a known cure for colds. Lucky for us, owners just announced a second location due late 2021.

1813 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Thanh Thanh Restaurant

131 Huey P Long Ave, Gretna, LA 70053

Situated in the heart of Old Gretna steps from the river, Thanh Thanh serves a surprisingly wide range of food — including traditional American breakfast items and Southern fried chicken with fries, but the Vietnamese fare is the real deal, especially the pho.

131 Huey P Long Ave
Gretna, LA 70053

14. Tan Dinh

1705 Lafayette St, Gretna, LA 70053

This West Bank favorite is a great spot for pho, from meaty to vegetarian options, but the menu reaches well beyond that with many flavorful soups, from bun bo hue (spicy beef soup) to shrimp hot and sour. Delivery or pickup now available via Postmates.

1705 Lafayette St
Gretna, LA 70053

15. Em Trai Sandwich Co.

2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Meatball pho from Em Trai Sandwich Co.
Em Trai Sandwich Co./Facebook

Formerly located in St. Roch Market as T2 Streetfood, Tung Nguyen (hailing from the West Bank’s highly-regarded Thanh Thanh dynasty), now cranks out steaming bowls of pho with 24-hour simmered broth in his own place on St. Claude Avenue.

2372 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

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16. Ba Mien Restaurant

13235 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129

One of the city’s favorite Vietnamese restaurants is in New Orleans East, located in a strip mall with a menu that delivers traditional Vietnamese flavors and lots of options. There’s a tripe pho option —not particularly common — and banh cuon, or steamed rice flour rolls (think feather-light Vietnamese manicotti), stuffed with grilled pork, a Saigon specialty.

13235 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129

17. Pho Bang

14367 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
Pho at Pho Bang
Pho at Pho Bang
Bill Addison/Eater

While many folks head out to New Orleans East for banh mi at Dong Phuong and less common Vietnamese dishes at Ba Mien, the quiet Pho Bang shouldn't be overlooked when it comes to a lunchtime bowl of soup. Try the ultra meaty Pho Bang house special featuring tripe, flank, brisket, 'navel' and tendon.

14367 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129

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