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New Orleans’s 15 Essential Vietnamese Restaurants

From N.O. East to the West Bank to Mid City, there is no shortage of excellent Vietnamese cuisine

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Thanks to the plucky Vietnamese community that has made New Orleans home since the mid-70s, the city has a thriving restaurant scene, one that’s gotten bigger and better in the last five years or so. It used to be seekers of the cuisine had to go to New Orleans East or the West Bank to sample lemon-grassed scented bao and pho fragrant with star anise and cardamom. Now mom and pop shops are everywhere, from Uptown to Mid City to the French Quarter. Lovers of this clean herb-fueled cuisine couldn’t be happier.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Banh Mi Boys

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5001 Airline Dr
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 510-5360
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Although it looks like part of a gas station (actually it’s just next door), Banh Mi Boys on Airline Highway is worth the drive. The menu ranges from straight up Vietnamese specials like spring rolls, vermicelli plates and banh mi to a mash up of Cajun, Korean and local flavors — try the bulgogi beef banh mi, the Asian wings and the darn good soft shell crab po-boy. Owner Peter Nguyen cares and it shows.

A banh mi filled with charred beef, carrots, white onions, and cilantro sits on a wood slab.
Pho Spice Beef Rib Banh Mi from Banh Mi Boys
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2. Singleton's Mini Mart

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7446 Garfield St #3635
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 866-4741
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Singleton’s is a typical corner store, family run, located a few minutes from Tulane and Loyola. The family happens to be Vietnamese, which means the fried egg rolls are homemade, the pho (only offered Saturdays) is super, and the banh mi po-boys rock. The “usual” po-boys are also good, from fried oysters to roast beef.

3. Ba Chi Canteen

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7900 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 373-5628
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The menu at this Maple street gem is a kick: bacos (bao meets taco), gyoza nachos, kimchi fries, green tea Kit-Kat cheesecake — the mash-ups never stop. Insanely good, cheap, and friendly, Ba Hi Canteen is a winner.

A white dish containing dumplings topped with chilis, soy sauce, and cilantro
A special Ba Chi Canteen calls the “steamed beggar’s purse” with chili soy
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4. Rolls-N-Bowls

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605 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 309-0519

Consider heading to this Old Metairie cafe for happy hour, when spring rolls are half off and they are spot-on good. Located on a busy section of Metairie Road, 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. Bubble tea is here, one of few spots in town.

Rolls-N-Bowls
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5. Mint Modern Vietnamese

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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. There’s a banh mi burger (which also happens to be one of the city’s greatest burgers) and banh mi stuffed with everything from fried soft shell crab to french fries and mushrooms. A meat lover’s option combines barbecue pork, pate, Vietnamese ham and meatballs. This contemporary spot has a full bar, table service, and a playful menu.

A bright green sign hangs outside a restaurant reading “Mint Modern Vietnamese Bistro & Bar”
Mint Modern
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6. Namese

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4077 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 483-8899
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Namese is one of the new generation of Vietnamese eateries that honors tradition while breaking new flavor ground. There’s great pho and banh mi, but also surf and turf — shaken beef and garlic shrimp, lamb lollipops, and a Cuban made with braised duck, bacon, cheese, hoisin aioli, and pickled veg. Ingredients are pristine and every dish is postcard pretty.

A man stands in a small corner of a kitchen wearing a bright red chef’s coat
Namese owner Hieu Doan
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7. Le's Baguette Banh Mi Cafe

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5529, 4607 Dryades St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-2620
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Serving breakfast from 11 a.m. every day but Tuesday, Le’s is yet another family-owned Viet cafe that exceeds expectations. Fans appreciate spring rolls, steamed buns filled with lemongrass chicken, banh mi sandwiches, and steaming pho. Worth noting: Le’s Baguette gets its bread from Dong Phuong bakery in New Orleans East.

A steamed bun filled with fried oysters, coleslaw, and aioli
Fried oyster steamed buns
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8. Pho Cam Ly

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3814 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 644-4228
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Rub the jade Buddha’s belly for luck at the entrance to Pho Cam Ly; nothing to lose. And your luck is already improving once dinner arrives with deeply fragrant pho, crusty banh mi stuffed with Chinese sausage, and vermicelli bowls spiked with tofu or shrimp. A plus that pho comes small or large.

The exterior of restaurant, with light green painted brick, two sets of gray steps, and four white columns
Pho Cam Ly on Magazine Street
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9. Pho Tau Bay Restaurant

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1565 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 368-9846
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Pho Tau Bay is a family affair, with roots that reach back to Saigon in the 60s, when the family patriarch owned restaurants there. Spiced beef stew is a specialty here, served over rice noodles or warm French bread, but all the usual suspects are represented on the menu. Lots of good vegetarian dishes, a bonus.

Oddly closed Saturdays and Sundays, so take note.

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10. 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. Lemongrass chicken, shaken beef, and plump banh mi sandwiches all served in no time at all, with a smile.

The yellow interior of a restaurant with a left wall lined with two-top tables and a right wall lined with four-top tables.
The interior of Pho Noi Viet
Pho Noi Viet/Official Photo

11. 9 Roses Cafe

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620 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 324-9450
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When 9 Roses opened in the French Quarter in 2015, it was absolutely epic. The same family that owns the large and newly renovated original restaurant on the West Bank opened this smaller cafe on Conti Street, delivering the same awesome fare, although without the Chinese food options. Never mind, as the crispy spring rolls, vermicelli bowls, and lemongrass tofu never fail to tantalize.

Pho with brown broth, rare beef, white and green onions, and cilantro is served in a white bowl
Beef pho from 9 Roses Cafe
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12. Thanh Thanh

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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 something to please every palate. Avocado toast? Yep. Omelets, sure. Buttermilk fried chicken with truffle fries — uh, sure. But the Vietnamese fare is the real deal, from the crispy filled crepes to the banh mi.

Pho from Thanh Thanh
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13. Tan Dinh

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1705 Lafayette St
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 361-8008
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The menu at Tan Dinh is vast, just one reason this Gretna eatery is such a hot spot. Try the rice paper-wrapped or fried spring rolls filled with shrimp or pork, anything with lemongrass tofu, flavored rice bowls, and tangy vegetable-forward vermicelli bowls. There’s also Korean style barbecued ribs served with kimchi and a nice line up Vietnamese beer.

A white bowl holds rice noodles topped with shrimp, greens, crumbled peanuts and cilantro
Shrimp vermicelli bowl from Tan Dinh
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14. 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 go-tos in New Orleans East, Ba Mien is a typical strip mall joint with a menu that delivers traditional Vietnamese flavors and lots of options. There’s tripe in some pho — which isn’t always offered — and banh cuon, or steamed rice flour rolls (think feather-light Vietnamese manicotti), stuffed with grilled pork, a Saigon specialty.

Ba Mien Restaurant on Chef Menteur Hwy
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15. Dong Phuong

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14207 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129
(504) 254-0214
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Dong Phuong won a James Beard America’s Classics Award in 2018, and deservedly so. Revered for its fresh bread delivered to restaurants all over the city and its King Cakes during Carnival season, Dong Phuong was one of the first to offer banh mi sandwiches when it opened in 1982. Still drawing crowds in the morning and at lunch, the restaurant and bakery deserves a visit.

A red brick standalone restaurant with a beige roof with a parking lot in front
Dong Phuong Bakery
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

1. Banh Mi Boys

5001 Airline Dr, Metairie, LA 70001
A banh mi filled with charred beef, carrots, white onions, and cilantro sits on a wood slab.
Pho Spice Beef Rib Banh Mi from Banh Mi Boys
Banh Mi Boys/Official Photo

Although it looks like part of a gas station (actually it’s just next door), Banh Mi Boys on Airline Highway is worth the drive. The menu ranges from straight up Vietnamese specials like spring rolls, vermicelli plates and banh mi to a mash up of Cajun, Korean and local flavors — try the bulgogi beef banh mi, the Asian wings and the darn good soft shell crab po-boy. Owner Peter Nguyen cares and it shows.

5001 Airline Dr
Metairie, LA 70001

2. Singleton's Mini Mart

7446 Garfield St #3635, New Orleans, LA 70118

Singleton’s is a typical corner store, family run, located a few minutes from Tulane and Loyola. The family happens to be Vietnamese, which means the fried egg rolls are homemade, the pho (only offered Saturdays) is super, and the banh mi po-boys rock. The “usual” po-boys are also good, from fried oysters to roast beef.

7446 Garfield St #3635
New Orleans, LA 70118

3. Ba Chi Canteen

7900 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118
A white dish containing dumplings topped with chilis, soy sauce, and cilantro
A special Ba Chi Canteen calls the “steamed beggar’s purse” with chili soy
Ba Chi Canteen/Facebook

The menu at this Maple street gem is a kick: bacos (bao meets taco), gyoza nachos, kimchi fries, green tea Kit-Kat cheesecake — the mash-ups never stop. Insanely good, cheap, and friendly, Ba Hi Canteen is a winner.

7900 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118

4. Rolls-N-Bowls

605 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70005
Rolls-N-Bowls
Yelp/Bob B.

Consider heading to this Old Metairie cafe for happy hour, when spring rolls are half off and they are spot-on good. Located on a busy section of Metairie Road, 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. Bubble tea is here, one of few spots in town.

605 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70005

5. Mint Modern Vietnamese

5100 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115
A bright green sign hangs outside a restaurant reading “Mint Modern Vietnamese Bistro & Bar”
Mint Modern
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Mint Modern Vietnamese doesn’t follow any rules when it comes to Vietnamese food. There’s a banh mi burger (which also happens to be one of the city’s greatest burgers) and banh mi stuffed with everything from fried soft shell crab to french fries and mushrooms. A meat lover’s option combines barbecue pork, pate, Vietnamese ham and meatballs. This contemporary spot has a full bar, table service, and a playful menu.

5100 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

6. Namese

4077 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
A man stands in a small corner of a kitchen wearing a bright red chef’s coat
Namese owner Hieu Doan
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Namese is one of the new generation of Vietnamese eateries that honors tradition while breaking new flavor ground. There’s great pho and banh mi, but also surf and turf — shaken beef and garlic shrimp, lamb lollipops, and a Cuban made with braised duck, bacon, cheese, hoisin aioli, and pickled veg. Ingredients are pristine and every dish is postcard pretty.

4077 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. Le's Baguette Banh Mi Cafe

5529, 4607 Dryades St, New Orleans, LA 70115
A steamed bun filled with fried oysters, coleslaw, and aioli
Fried oyster steamed buns
Le’s Baguette Banh Mi Cafe/Facebook

Serving breakfast from 11 a.m. every day but Tuesday, Le’s is yet another family-owned Viet cafe that exceeds expectations. Fans appreciate spring rolls, steamed buns filled with lemongrass chicken, banh mi sandwiches, and steaming pho. Worth noting: Le’s Baguette gets its bread from Dong Phuong bakery in New Orleans East.

5529, 4607 Dryades St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. Pho Cam Ly

3814 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
The exterior of restaurant, with light green painted brick, two sets of gray steps, and four white columns
Pho Cam Ly on Magazine Street
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Rub the jade Buddha’s belly for luck at the entrance to Pho Cam Ly; nothing to lose. And your luck is already improving once dinner arrives with deeply fragrant pho, crusty banh mi stuffed with Chinese sausage, and vermicelli bowls spiked with tofu or shrimp. A plus that pho comes small or large.

3814 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

9. Pho Tau Bay Restaurant

1565 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Pho Tau Bay is a family affair, with roots that reach back to Saigon in the 60s, when the family patriarch owned restaurants there. Spiced beef stew is a specialty here, served over rice noodles or warm French bread, but all the usual suspects are represented on the menu. Lots of good vegetarian dishes, a bonus.

Oddly closed Saturdays and Sundays, so take note.

1565 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70112

10. Pho Noi Viet

2005 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The yellow interior of a restaurant with a left wall lined with two-top tables and a right wall lined with four-top tables.
The interior of Pho Noi Viet
Pho Noi Viet/Official Photo

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. Lemongrass chicken, shaken beef, and plump banh mi sandwiches all served in no time at all, with a smile.

2005 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. 9 Roses Cafe

620 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Pho with brown broth, rare beef, white and green onions, and cilantro is served in a white bowl
Beef pho from 9 Roses Cafe
9 Roses Cafe/Facebook

When 9 Roses opened in the French Quarter in 2015, it was absolutely epic. The same family that owns the large and newly renovated original restaurant on the West Bank opened this smaller cafe on Conti Street, delivering the same awesome fare, although without the Chinese food options. Never mind, as the crispy spring rolls, vermicelli bowls, and lemongrass tofu never fail to tantalize.

620 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Thanh Thanh

131 Huey P Long Ave, Gretna, LA 70053
Pho from Thanh Thanh
Thanh Thanh/Facebook

Situated in the heart of Old Gretna steps from the river, Thanh Thanh serves something to please every palate. Avocado toast? Yep. Omelets, sure. Buttermilk fried chicken with truffle fries — uh, sure. But the Vietnamese fare is the real deal, from the crispy filled crepes to the banh mi.

131 Huey P Long Ave
Gretna, LA 70053

13. Tan Dinh

1705 Lafayette St, Gretna, LA 70053
A white bowl holds rice noodles topped with shrimp, greens, crumbled peanuts and cilantro
Shrimp vermicelli bowl from Tan Dinh
Tan Dinh/Official

The menu at Tan Dinh is vast, just one reason this Gretna eatery is such a hot spot. Try the rice paper-wrapped or fried spring rolls filled with shrimp or pork, anything with lemongrass tofu, flavored rice bowls, and tangy vegetable-forward vermicelli bowls. There’s also Korean style barbecued ribs served with kimchi and a nice line up Vietnamese beer.

1705 Lafayette St
Gretna, LA 70053

14. Ba Mien Restaurant

13235 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
Ba Mien Restaurant on Chef Menteur Hwy
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

One of the go-tos in New Orleans East, Ba Mien is a typical strip mall joint with a menu that delivers traditional Vietnamese flavors and lots of options. There’s tripe in some pho — which isn’t always offered — 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

15. Dong Phuong

14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
A red brick standalone restaurant with a beige roof with a parking lot in front
Dong Phuong Bakery
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Dong Phuong won a James Beard America’s Classics Award in 2018, and deservedly so. Revered for its fresh bread delivered to restaurants all over the city and its King Cakes during Carnival season, Dong Phuong was one of the first to offer banh mi sandwiches when it opened in 1982. Still drawing crowds in the morning and at lunch, the restaurant and bakery deserves a visit.

14207 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129

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