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Best Vietnamese restaurant

Bun Tom Thit Nuong Cha Gio at Pho Dai Loi in Forest Park, your pick for best Veitnamese restaurant. Pho Dai Loi also has a location on Buford Highway. Photo: Becky Stein, Special

Bun Tom Thit Nuong Cha Gio at Pho Dai Loi in Forest Park, your pick for best Vietnamese restaurant. Pho Dai Loi also has a location on Buford Highway. Photo: Becky Stein, Special

YOUR PICKS
1. Pho Dai Loi
You say, “Another vote for Pho Dai Loi on Jonesboro Rd. Many a Saturday morning has found me there shaking off a hangover with a big bowl of pho and some Vietnamese coffee.” There is also a location on Buford Highway.

2. Lee’s Bakery
3. Chateau de Saigon
4. Pho Bac
5. Quoc Huong
6. Dua

A tasty bowl of pho at Nam Phuong in Norcross, our critic's pick for best Vietnamese restaurant in and around Atlanta. Nam Phuong now has a location on Buford Highway, too. Photo: Becky Stein, Special

A tasty bowl of pho at Nam Phuong in Norcross, our critic's pick for best Vietnamese restaurant in and around Atlanta. Nam Phuong now has a location on Buford Highway, too. Photo: Becky Stein, Special

OUR PICKS
1. Nam Phuong
The AJC dining team’s specialist in International Cuisine Gene Lee says, “Run by a mother and son team, Nam Phuong’s Norcross location impresses diners with a sophisticated upgrade not typically associated with Vietnamese dining. Around a year later, a second location popped up on Buford Highway offering diners a scaled down menu. A recent sampling of dishes such as a crispy banh xeo (mung bean crepe filled with pork, sprouts and shrimp) reveals the Buford Highway location hasn’t compromised in food quality consistently found in its Norcross location.”

2. Pho Dai Loi 2
3. Chateau de Saigon
4. Co’m Grill
5. Lee’s Bakery

112 comments Add your comment

Dave

January 17th, 2012
12:27 pm

Du’A on Broad Street in downtown Atlanta is one of the best around. They don’t have banh mi, but they have great pho, spring rolls, stir fry, and noodle dishes. The staff is very friendly. Packed with GSU students and office workers every day.

Ray From NY

January 17th, 2012
1:03 pm

My fav is Lee’s bakery on Buford Hwy, nothing fancy but for less than $10 it is a treat to get the #5, crispy pork over rice pasta, fresh vegys, add some crisp shrimp & spring roll, yum yum

Diane

January 17th, 2012
1:21 pm

What the Pho’ on Pleasant Hill and Saigon Cafe’s have the best Pho. I also love Wild Ginger on Savoy in Dunwoody. Their Pho is a little different, and the atmosphere there is great.

Tim

January 17th, 2012
1:50 pm

kc

January 17th, 2012
1:50 pm

So ba in East Atlanta!

ldb

January 17th, 2012
1:50 pm

Pho Hoang Long on Pat Mell Road has fantastic Pho. Unsuspecting little joint in an old strip mall, but tasty nonetheless!!

Jon

January 17th, 2012
1:53 pm

New Saigon off of Old Norcross Rd. close to the Barnes and Nobles at Pleasant Hill. Amazing food, good price, comes with flan or ice cream at the end. Every time I’m in the area, I eat there. Great friendly staff as well.

no pho'n joke

January 17th, 2012
1:57 pm

What the Pho and Saigon Cafe take the cake for me. Well priced, too!

Nhan-Ai Du

January 17th, 2012
2:00 pm

Best pho is Pho Dai Loi (any of the 3 locations) hands down. (It took me 2 years to hit all the pho joints on Buford Highway, but it was a fun project!) Best banh mi: Quoc Huong. Best all around Vietnamese: Nam Phuong Restaurant, flagship restaurant on Jimmy Carter, but they’ve recently opened a location on Buford where Pho #1 used to be.

Chris

January 17th, 2012
2:03 pm

Pho isn’t even the best Vietnamese food.
Com Grill is the winner for overall vietnamese food. Everything there is fantastic!

SAS

January 17th, 2012
2:05 pm

Pho Dai Loi for the best pho in town. Forest Park location is my favorite.

VRISKA

January 17th, 2012
2:10 pm

NAM PHONG @JIMMY CARTER/BUFORD HWY!! yummmmmm

Ima Glutton

January 17th, 2012
2:14 pm

I 2nd Lee’s Bakery. The Head-Cheese Bon Mi is to die for!

cw

January 17th, 2012
2:19 pm

Jadzia

January 17th, 2012
2:20 pm

I’m a big fan of French-Vietnamese (as in colonial fusion, not fad-fusion) cuisine. Com Grill in Dunwoody does a fine job with this type of cuisine. The owner is French, the staff is Vietnamese and Vietnamese American. Great place to go out to eat a nice dinner, relax on one of the couches. Nothing cafeteria or diner feeling about this place.

Angust

January 17th, 2012
2:21 pm

For the all round fun of it, Lee’s Bakery is my favorite when it comes to the food and the friendly atmosphere which is similar to a neighborhood deli. If I want a more of a traditional restaurant experience, then I visit Chateau de Saigon due to its extensive menu, reasonable prices, and later hours.

F.M3

January 17th, 2012
2:23 pm

Lee’s Bakery. Banh Mi, and egg rolls, yum

EAV

January 17th, 2012
2:31 pm

So Ba is delicious. I would order their fish sauce as my beverage if they would let me.

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Benj

January 17th, 2012
2:40 pm

Chateau Saigon

WCheung

January 17th, 2012
2:41 pm

Chateau de Saigon on Buford Hwy is my favorite!!

Kim

January 17th, 2012
2:42 pm

I Love Pho in Norcross!

Tiger Stripes

January 17th, 2012
2:50 pm

Com Grill, hands down.

Chris

January 17th, 2012
2:52 pm

Nam Phoung by far has the best Pho and Banh Mi Bo Kho!

steveo

January 17th, 2012
2:54 pm

Quoc Huong Banh Mi is my favorite but I love the Dua option downtown too on Baker street since I work nearby.

PhoReal

January 17th, 2012
3:00 pm

I agree with Lee’s Bakery for the Bahn Mi selection but you also have to throw in Pho96 on Buford Highway…

jennifer

January 17th, 2012
3:02 pm

Com Grill in Dunwoody is tops. Lee’s Bakery is great for casual and fast.

Midtown B

January 17th, 2012
3:09 pm

Quoc Huong Banh Mi is definitely the best. Good food quality and price can’t be beat. If you want something a little more formal Co’m is the way to go.

Ima Glutton

January 17th, 2012
3:11 pm

Also, I love the Crepes at Rondesvous Cafe (behind Ogelthorpe U). A French trained Vietnamese owner/chef. Yummy!

lawdawg

January 17th, 2012
3:16 pm

Saigon Cafe because of multiple locations and convenience. Best used to be Pho #1 off Buford Highway near Clairmont. Brokoe my heart when it closed.

bdawg

January 17th, 2012
3:19 pm

Pho & Com in Roswell, as good and probably better than Pho Dai Lo on Buford Highway

Stanley In Marietta

January 17th, 2012
3:29 pm

Pho Hoang Long on Pat Mell Road in Smyrna.

michael

January 17th, 2012
3:32 pm

Id have to agree with Dave, that Du’a on Broad is the best in the city. I actually went and ate there today. Delicious as always and very good prices

Eric

January 17th, 2012
3:51 pm

I have to agree with bdawg if you live in the Alpharetta/ Roswell area try Pho & Com. I just found this place recently and man I have been missing out! They will give any on Buford Hwy a run for their money! Awesome Pho and Bahn Mi by the sweetest Vietnamese couple ever!!

Keeball

January 17th, 2012
3:56 pm

gosh…..this is a terrible subject

Kar

January 17th, 2012
4:06 pm

I’m waiting for someone to ask the inevitable “where can I find some VEGETARIAN Pho?”

Dang Tric

January 17th, 2012
4:10 pm

I love how the local experts suggest the white-washed chains as if they actually know anything about authentic Viet food. Diane’s is my favorite:”What the Pho’ on Pleasant Hill and Saigon Cafe’s have the best Pho. I also love Wild Ginger on Savoy in Dunwoody.”
Oh, that’s great. Let me guess, you also think McDonald’s has the best hamburger?

I won;t tell you losers where the best is because I don’t want you crowding in there, but I will say there is very good pho on Jonesboro Road in Morrow called Pho VN.

Dang Tric

January 17th, 2012
4:14 pm

Also, lawdawg, you’re an idiot. Saigon Cafe is flavorless crap and pho #1 was a greasy mess, and we are all better off that it closed.
You can leave your bar card at the door on your way out.

Michael

January 17th, 2012
4:16 pm

Another vote for Pho Dai Loi. The Jonesboro Rd. location.

Fred

January 17th, 2012
4:27 pm

I’ve never eaten Vietnamese food for just the reason Dang Tric states. I don’t know what it’s supposed to taste like and wouldn’t know good or “authentic” Vietnamese food if it came up and kicked me in the ass. I’m so uninformed I don’t get Kar’s “vegetarian Pho joken or insul;t or whatever.

I’ve waited for 3 years for my buddy Tran to take me to a good place, (or his mom’s kitchen lol) but that hasn’t happened.

@Dang Tric: Other than pho what else should I try if I go to Pho VN?

Jen

January 17th, 2012
5:30 pm

I agree with Fred – wouldn’t know what’s good and what isn’t. Also, I don’t get the vegetarian pho joke either. I look on here to try and get ideas so I know what to try.

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Victor

January 17th, 2012
6:01 pm

What about Doc Chey’s, Chowbaby and Noodle in midtown? I heard they have authentic V food.
Dang, you mean McDonald’s doesn’t have the best burger? But they have served billions of them and the drive thru lines are always packed. What gives? I’m still trying to figure what that delicious sauce they use in their Big Macs is.

Eric

January 17th, 2012
6:18 pm

I only know what I like. Pho Dail Loi for Pho, Com for Bun dishes, and Lee’s Bakery for Banh Mi. Lee’s is great too because you can get a little bit of everything. Chateau Saigon is fantastic as well.

For everyone ripping Saigon Cafe’ or even its fast food version Saigon Basil, I will say this…while it may not be the greatest, it’s helped introduce what is now one of my favorite dining experiences to me and thousands of other uneducated Atlanta suburbanites.

I grew up in Woodstock, and for whatever reason, there’s one out there! It certainly helped broaden my horizons!

B

January 17th, 2012
7:33 pm

Quoc Huong in Asian Square!!!

JATL

January 17th, 2012
11:07 pm

C’OM Grill -both locations! It is FANTASTIC. I crave their dishes all the time. I could eat there several times a week -and have before. I still miss Bien Thuy but C’OM has softened that loss considerably.

rs

January 18th, 2012
12:38 am

it’s since closed, but Nam was the best vietnamese food I’ve had. Upscale and amazing.

Theresa Bailey

January 18th, 2012
10:31 am

Regina

January 18th, 2012
11:28 am

Mings at Asian Square has the best Vietnamese barbeque!!!

Elaine W

January 18th, 2012
12:07 pm

Pho Dai Loi in Forest Park is the best!