Food & Drink

New Orleans' Vietnamese Bakeries Blend Tradition and Taste

Published On 11/15/2016 Published On 11/15/2016
Hong Kong Market
Sesame pastry at Hong Kong Market | Nora McGunnigle/Thrillist
Dong Phuong | Nora McGunnigle/Thrillist
Dong Phuong | Nora McGunnigle/Thrillist
French bread from Dong Phuong | Nora McGunnigle/Thrillist
Hi Do Bakery | Nora McGunnigle/Thrillist
banh mi | Flickr/Luke Vu
Michael Gulotta/Courtesy of MoPho
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1. Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129

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.

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2. Killer Po-boys 811 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Located in the back of the Erin Rose bar, you can get fresh po boys served on Vietnamese baguettes.

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3. Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29 321 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Latitude 29 in the French Quarter is a Tiki lover's paradise. Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s shrine to all things Tiki has proven itself to be a refreshing and enlightened pillar of the NOLA drinks scene due to its large menu of deliciously concocted cocktails. Check out the bar's take on classics like Mai Tai and Zombies, and for something a bit more inventive, go for the Davy Jones' Lager, which is a mix of Antigua gold rum, Japanese beer Curacao, and spiced cane syrup.

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4. Boucherie 8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

This Crescent City butcher and bistro serves up savory mains like smoked Wagyu beef brisket with Garlicky Parmesan fries and St. Louis-style Niman Ranch ribs with spicy boiled peanuts & crispy fried shallots.

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5. McClure's Barbecue NOLA Tap Room, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

One of NOLA's finest BBQ joints, McClure's cooks his meats in a gigantic courtyard smoker and gives you the option of selecting from a variety of sauces, including North Carolina-style, sweet Kansas City sauce, and white Alabama sauce.

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6. Hi-Do Bakery 441 Terry Pkwy, Terrytown, LA 70056

Every Mardi Gras, locals and "in the know" visitors head to this quaint Terrytown bakery for one reason: it has the best king cakes in town. The regional delicacy -- a gloriously flaky, hand-shaped cake festively trimmed with emerald, violet, and golden sprinkles and silver beads to boot -- is one of the reasons why this family-owned counter service spot has been thriving for over 30 years, with a slew of artisanal croissants (almond, chocolate, ham and cheese, just to name a few varieties regularly in stock) and traditional French breads ensuring regular business year-round.

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7. O'Delice Bakery 6033 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118

This spotless French-Vietnamese bakery creates reputable desserts, including renown almond croissants filled with housemade paste and a king cake that draws loyal fans during mardi gras season. The space is small, but short wait times, low prices, and freshly made baked goods make the drive to Riverside worth it.

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8. Chez Pierre French Bakery 1008 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70116

With 3 locations (and counting) in the Big Easy, Chez Pierre is the go-to for traditional French pastries. The cozy, Paris-inspired café boasts a wide selection of classic baked goods: glazed fruit tarts, eclairs, cheesecakes, heavenly cream puffs, croissants, and various kinds of bread (catering and cakes are also available, for those looking to host a party of New Orleans proportions). As an added bonus, the kitchen doesn't ignore regional tastes -- there's also savory Cajun meat pies and light Vietnamese fare on the lunch menu.

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9. Green Goddess 307 Exchange Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130

Tucked in an alley in the French Quarter, this oasis serves lunch and dinner and provides creative cuisine and cocktails. There’s even a vegan Bloody Mary variation on the list, along with watermelon sangria and two different boozy SnoBall ice cocktails.

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10. MoPho 514 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

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.