for PHO i think hands down the best version in town can be found at KIM AHN'S NOODLE HOUSE.
it is way out on Jefferson Highway past Clearview and just after the S turn on Jeff Highway.
PHO NOLA in Metairie rules for Bahn Mi and has some nice options and are loaded with flavor and fresh ingredients. The bread is impeccable. The prices are shockingly low on these tasty treats! PHO TAO BAY is close to my heart. You can't really go wrong their ever!
Consider 9 Roses on the West Bank- with a very nice atmosphere and large menu. Dong Phuong in N.O. East has a bakery and many choices, has been there forever and is my sentimental favorite. Both have a very large menu. Pho Tau Bay is the best for vegetarian options in my opinion- the owner is American and his wife is Vietnamese. I don't eat beef so may not be the best judge for pho or other meat dishes.
Pho Tau Bay Restaurant
113 Westbank Expy, Gretna, LA 70053
IMO people are usually loyal to vietnamese restaurants just as much as Japanese ones. That said, hands down my favorite, food, atmosphere, service is Ba Mien
Dong Phuong (restaurant and bakery) is quite good as well and you have the connecting bakery with a wide variety of banh mi, pastries etc
Pho Bang has a much smaller but strong menu.
Pho Bang Restaurant
14367 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
Ba Mien Restaurant
13235 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
Orient Dong Phuong Restaurant
14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
re: Suzy Wong
Tan Dinh, on Lafayette St. in Gretna, has lots of interesting menu options (goat curry, shrimp paste on sugarcane, jellyfish salad). Kim Son on Whitney Ave in Gretna has "bo 7 mon" (beef 7 ways, a multicourse beef feast).
1705 Lafayette St, Gretna, LA 70053
Kim Son Restaurant
349 Whitney Ave, Gretna, LA 70056
re: Hungry Celeste
I love all of the restaurants named above but there is this fairly new restaurant that just opened in the west bank by the hong kong supermarket named Tay Do. It is great for family style dinners and bigger parties. What you should get there is the Duck dish ( the owners told us this was what people come there for), the Lobster dish that is flash fried and tossed with salt and pepper, and Bo luc lac (beef shakened) just to name a few.