Need Vietnamese recommendation (not eating Pho)
I would like to include a Vietnamese restaurant on my itinerary for a New Orleans trip this summer. I like Pho but do not plan to order it this time of year. We have a car and can travel. Sorry to say that although I like meat, I am not adventurous when it comes to types of meat. (no problem if these are offered, of course, but if it is the specialty, I might not order it.) We can do lunch or dinner, and a good value would be great since we expect that we will be spending plenty on some other meals this trip. Many thanks!
It really depends on what kind of atmosphere and price point you're looking for. For higher-end, in Gretna (across the river) are Tan Dinh and Hoa Hong 9 Roses. I prefer Tan Dinh but the atmosphere is nicer at 9 Roses, and they have an incredibly extensive menu. In New Orleans East there's Dong Phuong, which is basically a cafe that has most of the usual suspects on the menu, plus an outstanding bakery and the best banh mi (which is about as good a value you can get). If you don't want to travel so far, there are many passable options on Magazine St. that serve the basics: Lilly's, Pho Noi Viet, Pho Cam Ly, and Magasin (less traditional than the others). Then on Maple Street there's Ba Chi Canteen, which is owned by the same people as Tan Dinh and serves the basics plus "bacos," Vietnamese fillings in a folded steamed bun.
I've mentioned only a few of the dozens of options across the city. Tons of choices. Have fun!
I do love tan dinh, but Ba chi is just as good (especially if you're not wanting to get adventurous with the meat), and wouldn't require a drive to the West Bank.