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2013 Winter Restaurant Guide: Vietnamese

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Vietnamese

CAFE MINH
4139 Canal St., (504) 482-6266; www.cafeminh.com
Chef Minh Bui draws from French and Vietnamese cuisines at his cafe. Duck confit is served with shallot-Dijon vinaigrette. Charcoal-grilled pork soup brims with egg noodles and baby bok choy. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DONG PHUONG  ORIENTAL BAKERY AND RESTAURANT
14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., (504) 254-1568; www.dpbanhmi.com
Grilled pork banh mi fills the bakery's French bread with carrots, jalapenos, cilantro and cucumbers. The restaurant's banh xeo, or Vietnamese crepe, is a crisp egg- and rice-flour crepe stuffed with pork, shrimp, lettuce and bean sprouts. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

DOSON NOODLE HOUSE
135 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 309-7286
Special spring rolls fill rice paper with shrimp chicken, ham, avocado, mint and cucumber. Chicken salad features shredded chicken, cabbage, carrot and mint. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

HOA HONG/ 9 ROSES
1100 Stephens St., Gretna, (504) 366-7665
Hoa Hong offers Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. Hot-and-sour soup features a choice of fish, shrimp or chicken in a tangy broth with tomatoes, pineapple and okra. Diners can grill marinated, sliced beef at their table and wrap it in lettuce or rice paper with herbs and pickled carrots. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

JAZMINE CAFE
614 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9301
Spicy mango salad is made with julienne mango, jicama, cucumbers, carrots, cilantro, peanuts, fried shallots and sesame vinaigrette. Tamarind soup comes with a choice of shrimp, fish or tofu in tangy lemon grass broth with celery, pineapple, okra and tomato. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ 

KIM SON
349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, (504) 366-2489; www.kimsonnola.com
Charcoal pork is broiled and served over fried rice and comes with an egg roll. The fish fillet is cooked in a clay pot with curry and coconut. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LE VIET CAFE
2135 St. Charles Ave., (504) 304-1339
Vegetable pho features an assortment of broccoli, bean sprouts, noodles and jalapenos in broth. Pork banh mi comes on a crisp baguette dressed with chopped vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LILLY'S CAFE
1813 Magazine St., (504) 599-9999
A variety of meats and shrimp are available as toppings for vermicelli noodle bowls. Spicy tofu is stir-fried with ginger, scallions and sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LOST LOVE LOUNGE
2529 Dauphine St., (504) 944-0099; www.lostlovelounge.com
A traditional pho features Vietnamese meatballs in spicy beef broth. Leek and kimchi dumplings are steamed and chicken, pork or shrimp dumplings can be fried or steamed. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MAGASIN VIETNAMESE CAFE
4201 Magazine St., (504) 896-7611; www.magasincafe.com
Magasin's pho options combine vermicelli, vegetables and broth, and optional meat additions include filet mignon and oxtail. Chinese sausage banh mi features fried egg, daikon and julienned vegetables on a buttered French roll. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PHO HOA RESTAURANT
1308 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 302-2094
One popular pho is topped with tripe and served with a basket of herbs. Banh mi thit nuong is a Vietnamese-style po-boy with lemon grass char-grilled pork, pickled vegetables and jalapenos. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO NOLA
3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, (504) 941-7690; www.pho-nola.com
The Nola Roll is a crispy fried egg roll wrapped inside a spring roll with pickled carrots, cilantro, lettuce and vermicelli. There's also a house special boba tea made with mango, lime juice, honey and a kick of cayenne pepper. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PHO ORCHID
3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie, (504) 457-4188; www.phoorchid.com
The namesake beef broth soup comes with lean eye-round steak or additions such as brisket, meatballs or tripe and a choice of rice, egg or clear noodles. Entrees include beef, chicken, shrimp or tofu curry and pork spare ribs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO TAU BAY
113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, (504) 368-9846
Pho Thai soup comes with medium rare beef and rice noodles. Banh mi come on baguettes with house-made garlic aioli. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TAN DINH
1705 Lafayette St., Gretna, (504) 361-8008
Tan Dinh offers a wide variety of Vietnamese dishes as well as some Korean and Thai items. Goat curry is served over rice or noodles. Marinated and roasted quail is served with noodles. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

THANH THANH RESTAURANT
131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 368-8678; www.t2restaurant.com
Pad thai includes flat rice noodles stir-fried with onions, garlic, bean sprouts, peanuts and spicy sauce. Asian grilled chicken salad features spring mix and romaine lettuces, cucumbers, pickled carrots, tomatoes, roasted peanuts, red onions, vermicelli and peanut vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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