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Recommendations for Vietnamese restaurants

I'm coming back to NOLA in late March with my wife, daughter, and parents to celebrate my birthday. I visit often but one thing I haven't done is try the Vietnamese food. I live in New York, so I can get it here, but I understand NOLA has some excellent authentic restaurants. We'll probably rent a car so don't mind going over to New Orleans East or Gretna. So I'd love to know which restaurants have the best food and atmosphere and weather you would recommend lunch vs dinner.

By the way, I'm planning to try Dooky Chase, Tracy's, and Pascale's Manale--I haven't been to any of them.

Thanks,
Brett

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  1. Ba Mien in New Orleans East shouldn't be missed!
    13235 Chef Menteur Hwy
    Suite C
    New Orleans, LA 70129
    (504) 255-0500
    www.bamien.com

    Best Pho in the NOLA area by far!

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      1. re: bmoskowitz

        urbanspoon.com/new orleans list alot of vietnamese restaurants. I have never gone to any of them, but it's a start for research.

        1. re: califkatie

          Thanks. It seems like it is all about the Pho. I was kind of hoping for a Vietnamese sandwich (banh mi). I understand some places make them with NOLA French bread? Any recommendations?

          1. re: bmoskowitz

            Yes, Dong Phuong has it’s own bakery. It’s also in New Orleans East. I think Ba Mien has a little better atmosphere, but both can be very busy and have slow service.

            1. re: bmoskowitz

              Banh Mi Sao Mai if you just want to have the Vietnamese sandwiches. But if you want to have both then Dong Phuong is a great option. Ba Mien does have good pho and com ga roti.

      2. I am a fan of Pascal's Manale. We have been 3 or 4 times now. Always at lunch. The bartender last time, kept us very entertained with his stories of his whole life just blocks from the restaurant. We are going to go to Dooky Chases, this January for the first time. I am very excited. We were thinking of trying Parasol's, which the Tracy's owners used to run, but has new operators. so, as for Vietnamese, i looked at nomenu.com, there is a catagory for Vietnamese, so you may find something there.

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        1. re: califkatie

          Thanks. I looked on nomenu.com--always forget about that site! I think Dong Phuong is just what I'm looking for since we're a big group with different likes. I'm sure my 5 year old will love the bakery too.

          califkatie, have you been to Tracey's already? I've heard Parasol's in not as good.

          1. re: bmoskowitz

            No, I have not been to Tracy's. I love old, run down places, so my thought was to try Parasol's.Maybe not to eat, maybe just a drink.

            1. re: califkatie

              Tracey's is good. it's more of a sports bar than the management's prior run at Parasol's. the poboys aren't as large as Parkway or Johnny's, but the roast beef is pot-roast style and is delicious.

          2. re: califkatie

            califkatie,

            Did you go to Dooky Chase? How was it?

          3. Tan Dinh on Belle Chasse hwy is my overall favorite vietnamese place. Great bun, pho, and other stuff. However, I don't profess to have visited all the vietnamese restaurants around town. There's tons of em.

            1. I love Dong Phuong. Don't know what your timing is, but be advised they are closed on Tuesdays. The pho is excellent. There's also a pork dish (I forget what it's called, but the server may recommend it as they did with us, with pork chops, pork cooked another way, and sunny side eggs on top of it. Yummmm! If I have a chance, I'll try to find the menu and post the name of the dish.

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              1. re: rouxdauphine

                Pho Tau Bay also is deserving of consideration

              2. I ate at Tan Dinh today and it was awesome.
                I ate at all your poboy places within the past couple of months and my 2 favorites are Guys and Crabby Jacks. I will say the smoked sausage po boy, which the lady behind the counter at Domileses insisted I try after having the shrimp and roast beef, was very good. Id go back for that. Guys is very good and consistent with normal prices. I find most uptown poboy places to be overpriced and mediocre.