New Orleans is home to one of the largest Vietnamese populations in the South, which has resulted in a number of Vietnamese staples becoming mainstays in New Orleanians’ diets. Bakeries, delis, James Beard Award-winning restaurants, and casual eateries are all among the list of must-try Vietnamese spots during your next visit to New Orleans.
With a deliciously authentic Vietnamese menu, innovative specials and a breathtakingly beautiful interior, dining at Mint Modern Bistro is a delightful culinary experience. Located uptown New Orleans in the Freret corridor, Mint Modern offers everything from traditional pho and vermicelli bowls to unique offerings like sticky chicken wings and pork belly tacos. Plan your next romantic date night or a happy hour with friends at Mint Modern.
Locals love Lilly’s. This Lower Garden District-based cafe is a Magazine Street staple. In the midst of shopping along its seven-mile stretch, stop in and enjoy a number of Vietnamese favorites, including jasmine rice dishes with an assortment of veggies, meats and fish sauce, a variety of pho and a number of vegan and vegetarian-friendly items including spicy tofu and spring rolls.
A French Quarter favorite for authentic Vietnamese and contemporary Asian fare, Nine Roses never disappoints. Choose from traditional Vietnamese staples like Nem Nướng (chargrilled pork meatballs) and Gỏi Vịt (duck and shredded cabbage), or Chinese favorites like moo-shu and chow mein. This is the perfect place to grab a bite before any French Quarter festivity.
From starters to entrees, sides and even drinks everything on Pho Tau Bay’s menu is truly authentic. Family-owned and operated for over 30 years and cool-cousin approved Pho Tau Bay is a New Orleans staple. Their menu highlights include goi cuon, pho tai, da chanh and much more. Stop in and discover a taste of Vietnam right here in the Crescent City.
With locations in both the Central Business District as well as Uptown, Magasin and Magasin Kitchen are convenient options for authentic Vietnamese cuisine on-the-go. Their freshly-rolled spring rolls and pho are a must-try. Start your meal off with their coveted potstickers and crab rangoons for a complete dining experience.
Located in New Orleans East, Pho Bang is a casual Vietnamese eatery open seven days a week. In addition to their delicious menu of hearty appetizers, pho, buns and rice dishes, make sure to browse their extensive list of authentic Vietnamese beverages.
Using both French and American influences, Cafe Minh takes a modern twist on traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Vietnamese BBQ Catfish, Honey-Glazed Chicken, Slow Braised Asian Short Ribs and much more are part of Cafe Minh’s savory and sophisticated menu.
At Namese, the flavors of Vietnam are brought to the streets of New Orleans. Savory sauces such as peanut, hoisin vinaigrette, dijon ginger and others are served atop or alongside their decadent Vietnamese dishes. In addition to their perfectly grilled pork, beef, chicken and shrimp, Namese also offers grilled tofu, veggies and other vegan-friendly options. Their banh xeo, or Vietnamese crepe stuffed with shrimp, pork and bean sprouts, is also not to be missed.
Ba Chi Canteen takes a twist on traditional Vietnamese cuisine and transforms them into a modern take on beloved staples. Their assortment of spring rolls includes bbq roast pork, shrimp, beef, ba chi and more are a great way to start off your dining experience. Their must-try entree is the signature “baco” (bao + taco), topped with the pickled carrots, daikon and the protein of your choice.
Chef Michael Gullota’s Mid-City eatery deliciously combines Vietnamese and Louisiana cuisine. The lemongrass wings are downright addictive, as are the Po-Mi (a po-boy/banh mi hybrid) sandwiches. You can also construct custom bowls of pho, with additions such as duck confit, flank-marinated tofu and meatball braised pork shoulder. Be sure to check out their inventive cocktail menu, which includes a number of boozy blended boba teas.