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  1. My favorite is Hien Vuong at the city market. Love everything they do there especially the Pho tai.

    Vietnam Cafe in Columbus Park also very good as well as the one on 39th st on KS side.
    Tried a couple of them on Independence Ave. (Pho 97 maybe) and they were also very good. But I like Hien Vuong's Pho the best + the atmosphere of eating in the sort of shabby garage-like storefront and the activity of the city market make it a great place for me.

    1. I love Pho 97 best, then the Vietnam cafe in Columbus park. Pho 97 has the friendliest service from the man who is always there at lunch. You get your food very quickly.

      I have eaten most often at the Hien Vuong for lunch with work folks, but service there is pretty bad. On more than one occasion we've had one member of our party of 4 wait long after the other orders came out to get his dish that was the same thing another of us ordered. Also have more than once gotten our main dishes before our spring rolls.

      1. The Vietnam Cafe on 39th and Rainbow is excellent. The pho is wonderful and they have something that will probably appeal to anyone. I'm a big fan of the chicken hot pot--nice sized chicken pieces, portabella mushrooms, and onions in a very tasty brown sauce over rice. Very spicy. I also appreciate the fact they are quick. I work at the med center and I'm able to leave my office and be back in 45 minutes.

        1. My current favorite is Vietnam Cafe at 39th and Rainbow. I could pretty much eat the bun there every single day. Particularly fond of the pork and shrimp, which is seared and limey. Mi xao bo is also very good. The service is always excellent. And the place is usually full of SE Asians, if that makes any difference to you.

          I'd also like to put in a word for Vinh Hoa on Burlington in North Kansas City (or maybe just Kansas City North -- not sure where the line is). The are the only place I've seen in KC that has bahn mi, and they are very good. Also astoundingly cheap for the amount of food you get there.

          If you're looking for something that is more chicken-foot-y, you should check out Kim Long Asian Market at 5th and Cherry. They have a buffet that looks very good, with the aforementioned braised (? maybe stewed) chicken feet. I had some very good pho there, served with the thin sliced raw beef that you cook in the broth. The broth was excellent, tangy and deeply flavored. My main problem with the large amount of tendon and tripe. I know they're delicacies and the reason the broth tasted so good. I just can't get past the texture. But even if you eat around it, there is still a HUGE amount of food.

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          1. re: heatherkay

            Vinh Hoa is no longer open as far as I can tell. The place is dark and there is a for sale sign in front:(
            I really love Pho 97. The green papaya salad is wonderful as is the Pho Ga.
            I also love Vietnam Cafe in Columbus park. Very good sizzling pancake and bun. One of my favorite soups is a vegetarian glass noodle soup with lots of fried tofu and assorted vegetable.

            1. re: zataar

              That's too bad. I ate there at least once when the "for sale" sign was up -- I assumed that someone was selling the building rather than the business. Maybe they got kicked out during the process.

            2. re: heatherkay

              i was thinking about taking a friend out to eat vietnamese tomorrow night. is pho on the buffet? Is it everynight? Do you know about how much it costs?

              1. re: asiansensation007

                I've only been there for lunch, so you should probably call ahead to get the hours. And buffet is kind of a misnomer -- it's more like a salad bar. They have items that you order by the pound or pint. They also have made-to-order entrees, soups, etc. That's where I got the pho, which was a regular menu item. As far as price -- I don't remember any specifics, other than super cheap.

            3. Is the Vietnam Cafe on 39th and Rainbow owned by the same family as the Vietnam Cafe on 5th and Campbell? I have eaten at Hein Vuong and the Vietnam Cafe in Columbus Park and although I'm slightly partial to the one in Columbus Park, I think is because as a kid, my dad and I used to go there every now and then and split orders of spring rolls and pho. It was funny because he the only white guy in a room full of asians. He had a somewhat timid palate but he always went to Vietnamese with me because I loved it so. Prices are very reasonable. I took some friends there a while back and someone ordered the basil chicken. The smell was intoxicating as they used a ton of fresh basil, but my friend, who grew up on the dried tasteless stuff was less than enthusiastic. I think she was shocked to actually be able to "taste" basil. Our orders were to go and they gave a whole sackful of cilantro...too bad I hated to stuff at the time (I'm now a big fan).