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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!

Egger

January 18th, 2012
12:12 pm

Quoc Huong or Pho Bac both have great Banh Mi.

Andrea

January 18th, 2012
12:36 pm

Le Me Kong off of Medlock Bridge: http://www.lemekongcuisine.com/

JustMe

January 18th, 2012
1:19 pm

DuA – 53 Broad Street in Atlanta
Absolutely the best! Get there early, it get’s packed before Noon on a daily basis. The (M4) Shrimp Mi Xao (sp?) is delicious and my favorite.

Sargon

January 18th, 2012
1:23 pm

#1 with a bullet Com!
#2 Lee’s Bakery

Tim

January 18th, 2012
1:25 pm

Definitely Quoc Huong for Banh Mi. The best pho I had was at a place a few doors down from Quoc Huong but it’s been closed for a while. Still looking for good pho in Gwinnett.

loki44

January 18th, 2012
1:31 pm

I really like Pho Dai Loi, but I think my vote has to go for Pho 96. Dua in downtown Atlanta is surprisingly good, but not for pho. Go for the bun, com, or mi xao there.

Regina – Ming’s is not Vietnamese.

HoneyB

January 18th, 2012
1:34 pm

‘What the Pho’ in Duluth

sansho1

January 18th, 2012
1:37 pm

Much as I love Lee’s Bakery, the banh mis I got there last week were subpar. Quoc Huong has served up the best banh mi I’ve had lately, but I need to branch out. Pho Dai Loi on Buford Hwy has great pho, as does Nam Phuong in the Oakbrook Square shopping center on Jimmy Carter. Saigon Cafe is an okay introduction, but you gotta branch out soon after.

Sargon

January 18th, 2012
1:39 pm

Quoc Huong is great for banh Mi and the chef special spring rolls with assorted greens on the side is delicious.
The place Tim is referring to, Pho Hua, is a chain – with locations all over the west coast.

KT

January 18th, 2012
1:43 pm

health rating

January 18th, 2012
1:45 pm

Any pho restaurants with a consistent “A” health rating?

Lew

January 18th, 2012
1:50 pm

Lee’s Bakery, hands down. They sell their Bon Mi rolls to most other Vietnamese places in ATL, why not just go to the source?

Denise

January 18th, 2012
2:09 pm

Lee’s Bakery on Buford Hwy!!!!

Marshall

January 18th, 2012
2:14 pm

Dai Loa #2 off Buford Hwy, you can always tell the best because it is packed with asians.

David

January 18th, 2012
2:16 pm

Nam was the best and truly hope that it opens back up soon. So Ba in East Atlanta is where I like to go for Pho and Com Grill is best for other.

DagnyT

January 18th, 2012
2:25 pm

Quoc Huong for Bahn Mi. Fresh and delicious every time.

Tim

January 18th, 2012
2:44 pm

Sorry, I was thinking of the wrong place – best pho was at Pho Bac.

Kathy

January 18th, 2012
2:49 pm

Du’A on Broad is wonderful! Great fresh dishes. Always crowded but don’t let the long lines stop you; it moves pretty fast. Only open for lunch on weekdays though.

th

January 18th, 2012
2:50 pm

Pho Bac on Buford Hwy is my favorite. We pick up rice vermicelli, pho, bahn mi sandwiches and spring rolls every Friday night for dinner.
I prefer Pho Bac’s bahn mi’s to Quoc Huong. Pho Bac’s have more meat and I’m not a big fan of the toasted bread at Quoc Huong. Its too dry.

Scott

January 18th, 2012
3:03 pm

Pho Dai Loi in Forest Park get’s my vote. Located on Jonesboro Road which is quickly becoming the southside’s version of Buford Hwy with it’s many choices of international cuisine.

Thanh

January 18th, 2012
3:08 pm

Banh Mi: Quoc Huong
Pho: Pho Bac and Dai Loi on Buford Hwy

Chris

January 18th, 2012
3:10 pm

I frequent New Saigon on the corner of Old Norcross and Steve Reynolds blvd. all the time. Great food that’s always fresh. The owner and staff are extremely friendly and take pride in giving great service!

GFree

January 18th, 2012
3:19 pm

Im w/ the guy who dissed everyone. I’m not naming my ‘best Pho’ in the ATL for the same reason I hate it when some TV personality goes to my favorite restaurant: I will no longer be the only non-local in the place! If you’re really into good Vietamese you’ll do the research like I did(literally visit every shady looking place on Buford Highway until you find what suits you best) only to discover the best was right underneath your nse the whole time.

MEB

January 18th, 2012
3:23 pm

Lee’s Bakery!!!

spike

January 18th, 2012
3:42 pm

Dai Loi (Forest Park) – Best Pho, best overall Vietnamese
What the Pho – Best traditional Goi Cuon
Com – (Buf Hwy) – Best Bun, and their take on spring rolls is just unbelievable.
Quoc Huong – Great Banh Mi

Noodle, Saigon Cafe, Doc Chey’s et al do serve a valuable function, but I wouldn’t go unless I really had no choice.

spike

January 18th, 2012
3:43 pm

Oh, and I love Lee’s Bakery. Food is inexpensive and good, bread is awesome and I always pick up some to take home.

flint

January 18th, 2012
4:06 pm

Lee’s. did CRAIG JAMES KILL FIVE HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU?

Doug

January 18th, 2012
4:06 pm

Pho Hoang Long on Pat Mell Road. Best soup and bun I’ve had.

Juan Posada

January 18th, 2012
4:10 pm

What The Pho off pleasant hill rd is da BOMB! they have array of Vietnamese selection. Check it out! I have been to other Phos. they are decent yet This one is off da chain! reasonable price also

johnfman

January 18th, 2012
4:16 pm

My Vietnamese wife and her family frequent Nam Phuong, on Jimmy Carter at I-85, and Lee’s Bakery on Buford Hiway.

jdobdawg

January 18th, 2012
4:30 pm

Le Mekong in Johns Creek is amazing!!!!!

Jillian

January 18th, 2012
4:38 pm

Best Bahn Mi without a doubt – Quoc Huong Banh Mi
Best Vietnamese restaurant – Com Vietnamese or Chateau Saigon

karen

January 18th, 2012
4:51 pm

Lotus Pho in the same shopping center of H-mart on Pleasant Hill Road recently changed a new owner, their Pho soup is very lite non-greasy and come out w/ hot temperature instead of warm (cold) noodle. GOT TO TRY IT OUT!!

leverettd

January 18th, 2012
5:08 pm

Pho Bac on Buford Hwy is the best for noodles. Services and food is great. This is the place where the ex pats go to eat.

Edward

January 18th, 2012
5:10 pm

Lee’s Bakery for bahn mi, Pho Dai Loi #2 for pho, com, bun.

Barry

January 18th, 2012
5:14 pm

Quoc Huong Banh Mi Fast Food for Banh MI!!! I’ve traveled Vietnam from Sapa to Saigon, it’s good. A close second is Pho Bac especially for Pho. They even have Pho Hue, a regional specialty.

@LeasePlan

January 18th, 2012
6:34 pm

What The Phở on Pleasant Hill Rd has the BEST PHỞ. Although the restaurant specializes in PHỞ, it also has other very interesting dishes, such as Bun Thit Nuong Khay (you make your own spring rolls), Com Bo Luc Lac (shaking beef), and Bun Mang Vit (duck in soup available only on weekends). Also try the French-drip coffee & smoothie while you’re there. My only wish is that they have pictures of the dishes…

dagnabit

January 18th, 2012
9:06 pm

Are there no good vietnamese rest. in cobb.

Dee Dee

January 19th, 2012
12:21 am

I also reccomen Lee’s Bakery. They have the best banh mi, hands down. For pho, Pho 24 has the best pho ever!

JP

January 19th, 2012
12:30 am

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.

LawDawg

January 19th, 2012
10:53 am

There are about 50 good places in the Buford Highway area, the best of which (Pho #1) recently closed.

Dave J.

January 19th, 2012
4:22 pm

Dua Vietnamese Noodle House on Broad Street is unbeatable. I would eat there every day if I could. Sadly, they’re only open for lunch on weekdays which doesn’t always fit my schedule. The food is so good that they have a sister restaurant which just opened in Jonesboro which is open for dinner and on weekends. I have made the 45 minute drive from the city on more occassions than I’m willing to admit.

kat

January 19th, 2012
4:31 pm

The best place around is Dua Vietnamese Noodles on Broad Street downtown. Only open weekdays, you can’t get any better than their pho and bun bo hue. Everything else on the menu is delicious too, and the owners and staff are great!

eatoutatlanta

January 19th, 2012
5:57 pm

Chateau de Saigon 4300 Buford Hwy

Fred

January 20th, 2012
12:57 am

Pho Bac on Buford Highway

jennywrocks

January 20th, 2012
10:18 am

Nam Phuong in the old Pho#1 spot on Buford Hwy & Soba in EAV!

Jenn in Kennesaw

January 20th, 2012
10:52 am

Pho Hoang Long on Pat Mell Road. This place is great and I dont have to drive all the way to Buford Hwy. The grocery store attached has interesting things available if you are a foodie that cooks.

But Pho Dai Loi on Buford Hwy is GREAT when we are willing to drive.

Tas

January 20th, 2012
11:15 am

I love NAM in virginia highlands…..It is in the same complex as traders joes…FOOD IS AWESOMEEEEEE

loki44

January 20th, 2012
4:09 pm

Several people have mentioned Pho Hoang Long in Marietta. Has the ownership changed? I haven’t been there in probably 6-7 years and I don’t recall it being that good. To be honest, I forgot about it until now. May give it another go since it’s a bit closer to home than Buford Hwy.

Old School

January 20th, 2012
5:56 pm

Pho and Com in Roswell is outstanding!

Jessica

January 21st, 2012
6:03 pm

Pho Bac on Buford Highway. I love pho, and didn’t know a great place in Atlanta until my friend took me to Pho Bac last week. The pho is FANTASTIC. We ordered the “everything” bowl, and the meat-to-noodles ratio was great. Good amount of meat, plenty of noodles, and the broth is absolutely perfect. I love Pho Bac! (And for 7.95, a gigantic medium bowl was practically bottomless!)

mac

January 21st, 2012
7:15 pm

Check out Quoc Huong food inspection report

mac

January 21st, 2012
7:15 pm

Debbi

January 22nd, 2012
12:31 pm

Chateau de Saigon on Buford Highway – always consistent, always delicious, conscientious management. Lemongrass tofu like “little pillows of happiness”!

Barbara W

January 22nd, 2012
9:24 pm

Moto on Cheshire Bridge is a new Vietnamese Restaurant that is really good. Give it a try.

William W

January 22nd, 2012
9:26 pm

We love Moto on Cheshire Bridge Rd.

Bill W

January 22nd, 2012
9:28 pm

When we are in Atlanta we try to go to Moto on Cheshire Bridge Rd.

abby1971

January 22nd, 2012
9:51 pm

The BEST Vietnamese cuisine in Atlanta! Highly recommend.

Nina

January 22nd, 2012
9:53 pm

Moto on Cheshire Bridge Rd. is the best that I have had. They are new and very good!!!

abby1971

January 22nd, 2012
10:35 pm

Sorry I forgot to name the best Vietnamese restaurant in Atlanta in my last comment.
It is MOTO on Cheshire Bridge Rd.

Maya

January 23rd, 2012
3:01 am

Restaurant: Nam Phuong. Food Truck: Munch

JRG

January 23rd, 2012
11:40 am

Quoc Huong for Bahn Mi. Chateau Saigon for full meals.