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1. Pho Ga Quang Minh2651 Barataria Blvd, Marrero
2. Pho Tau Bay133C Westbank Expwy, Gretna
3. Tan Dinh1705 Lafayette St, Gretna
4. Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans
5. Lilly's Café1813 Magazine St, New Orleans
6. Magasin Vietnamese Cafe4201 Magazine St, New Orleans
7. Hong Kong Food Market925 Behrman Hwy, Gretna
8. MoPho514 City Park Ave, New Orleans
"Pho ga" is basically a term for Vietnamese chicken-noodle soup, and since this place has that in its name, there's a good chance they do it particularly well. The only thing left to decide is do you go for lunch or dinner?
This has been a popular Vietnamese spot since it opened more than 30 years ago. They specialize in Asian sweets, but don't pass up an opportunity to try their classic pho tai, either.
This uptown Vietnamese joint advertises a massive menu loaded with traditional favorites, as well as creative takes on classics, like the frog legs in garlic butter. Though the space is cafeteria-like in its spacious impersonableness, the garlic butter chicken wings and excellent pho will ensure you leave wholeheartedly comforted.
This eastern New Orleans Vietnamese standby might not amount to much from the outside -- with a mixed brick exterior and fading eggshell awning greeting diners -- but the signature bahn-mis here have drawn accolades from the country over. In addition to functioning as a casual full-service restaurant, the venue comes with a bakery that turns over equally excellent pastries like coconut rolls, egg tarts, and strawberry shortcake.
This spot became a quick favorite of celeb Chef Tom Colicchio while Top Chef was filming in NOLA, and for good reason. It serves up delicious options like roasted pork spring rolls and huge bowls of hot pho.
Though the best Vietnamese food is usually hiding in shabby hole-in-the-walls, Magasin is an exception to the rule. The sleek space on Magazine Street prepares exceptional banh mi, buns, and spring rolls, but you're here mainly for the pho. The full-bodied broth is rich in beef and ginger notes, and can be complemented with unconventional toppings like oxtail and meatballs.
This massive market has all the ingredients you need to make your favorite Asian dishes, and if you'd rather have someone else do the cooking, stop by their Saigon Grill & Deli where you can get fresh food ready to go.
This Mid-City eatery is run by former chef from John Besh's August, and the quality is apparent. It combines the flavors of the Gulf with the flavors of Vietnam making for a fresh exploration into classic Vietnamese dishes. The drink program is just as eclectic as the eats, with house cocktails and spiked boba teas. The space feels modern and trendy for a strip mall spot, with a blue and orange color palette and wooden accents. On Saturdays, they roast a full pig, meaning you should probably cancel your other weekend plans.