Favorite Austin Restaurants For Vietnamese Cuisine
Many Austinites judge the quality of a Vietnamese restaurant by the quality of their pho. Here are several places to get good bowls, as well as excellent rice, vermicelli, and other dishes.
Tan My Restaurant
1601 Ohlen Rd., Austin TX 78758
Many consider this the best place for pho in Austin. Combination of high quality Vietnamese food and low prices make this a local favorite. Vermicelli dishes with grilled pork or chicken and the Vietnamese iced coffee are highly recommended. The pho is also popular. The restaurant is small and simply furnished. It is in a convenient northside location but a little hard to find as it’s hidden behind another building. But the pho has good, satisfying broth and fresh ingredients, and the bun bo hue (spicy noodle soup) is good on a chilly winter day. Also recommended is the iced coffee. The place does get crowded, but the owner and staff are friendly and attentive, portions are large, and prices reasonable.
Pho Saigon Noodle House
10901 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin TX 78753
Pho Saigon has eight locations in Houston and one here in Austin. It’s a trendy, brightly lit restaurant that has consistently great Vietnamese food and fast service. The pho, rice dishes, and spring rolls are excellent, and so are the vermicelli bowls. The portions are large. Conveniently located in the Chinatown shopping center, it gets crowded at lunchtime. When you’re ready to pay, go up to the cashier and give your table number. Don’t wait for the check; you’ll be waiting forever.
DUY Vietnamese Restaurant
10901 N. Lamar Blvd. Ste. A 101
Located a few doors down from Pho Saigon, and smaller, with more traditional Vietnamese flavors. Good Vietnamese food and quick, attentive service. Pho, beef stew, vermicelli and rice dishes, fried rice, lunch specials. Large servings. The lunch specials are good. Big screen TV in one corner.
11220 N. Lamar Blvd. Ste. 200, Austin TX 78753
A less crowded alternative to Pho Saigon, located in the same vicinity. Atmosphere is slightly more plain but the food is top notch. Many consider Pho Dan their favorite Vietnamese place in Austin. The food is top quality, the restaurant is immaculate, and the service is efficient. The portions are large - even the small bowl is quite large. Their spring rolls and egg rolls are among the best in town, though a little small. They also have good rice dishes. The grilled pork cutlet is fresh, well marinated, and sliced. Prices are reasonable. Free wi-fi.
If you’re looking for banh mi, those tasty Vietnamese sandwiches, here are a couple of good choices.
Tam Deli & Cafe
8222 N. Lamar Blvd. Ste. D33, Austin TX 78758
A smallish, slightly odd-looking restaurant in a north Austin strip mall that has great Vietnamese food and very friendly service. Slightly odd only because of the quirky decor. Good banh mi; instead of cucumber and carrots they use lettuce, tomato, and mayo. They come in many different types including lemon grass beef, shrimp garlic, and vegetable tofu. Also very tasty spring rolls, noodle bowls, and good cream puffs.
10901 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin TX 78753
The Baguette House deli combo and Chinese barbecue pork sandwiches are fresh and tasty
Here the banh mi are more like long, thin hoagies. They come in different varieties including deli combo, Chinese barbecue pork, and vegetable. The baguette is very tasty – crunchy outside, tender and moist inside. The meats and vegetables are fresh and delicious. Place your order with the guy at the counter and several young Vietnamese ladies in the back make your sandwich. $3 to $4 for a sandwich almost a foot long. Good for lunch or a quick snack. Bread loaves are also sold separately. The place is rather small, but the service is fast and the few tables are clean. Sports is showing on the flat-screen TV in the corner.
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New restaurant serves Vietnamese cuisine with a Texas accent
Dang Banh Mi, newly opened in north Austin, is the brainchild of a pair of native Texans with a love of southeast Asian food. The restaurant serves fresh banh mi sandwiches and Pho soups based on century-old Vietnamese recipes which they acquired during their extensive travels in Saigon, Hanoi, and Da Nang.
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