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30 Restaurants in 30 Days: Nam Phuong


I’ve always thought that one of my great failings as an omnivore is that I get stuck in ruts. This is particularly true at Asian restaurants with encyclopedic menus.

Case in point: Nam Phuong. If I go to the grander Norcross branch, I usually have a posse in tow to feast on bun hoi — the platter of grilled meats, herbs and marinated vegetables to roll up in rice paper rounds. If I go to the close-to-home and more modest Buford Highway branch, I’m there for pho — my favorite local version of this beef noodle soup.

On a recent visit I noticed the menu had started to feature a list of “Vietnamese street food” appetizers, including canh ga chien nuoc mam, chicken wings glazed in fish sauce. The food gods must have been looking out for me when this caught my eye.

More of a full meal than an appetizer, this huge portion of wings are flavored to the bone with their salty-sweet marinade, crispy, tossed in a sticky and tangy sauce with cooked scallions and red chiles, then showered with crunchy fried shallots. A salad of cukes, tomatoes and lettuce comes on the side, along with a scoop of rice.

I’m obsessed. These are my new favorite wings. I think my pho consumption is about to go way down.

- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog

20 comments Add your comment


July 17th, 2013
11:12 am

Have you tried the Bot Chien at the buford hwy restaurant? I have to get it every time, even if I am the only one eating. Its a pan fried rice cake topped with fried egg and they bring this salty sauce to dip them in. Now that I’m thinking about them I need to hit Nam Phuong up again. Thanks!

By the way, I am loving the review a day.


July 17th, 2013
11:54 am

Where is the one on Buford Hwy? The website only shows the Norcross address.


July 17th, 2013
12:00 pm

Pho #1

July 17th, 2013
12:15 pm

It’s in the old Pho #1 location across from plaza fiesta


July 17th, 2013
12:39 pm

Those wings are the best!!!That and a lotus root salad and my hubby and I are good to go.


July 17th, 2013
1:35 pm

Um….what’s a “ute”?

Ute to eat

July 17th, 2013
2:33 pm

I thought it was either one of two things:
Utility vehcile or native people

John Kessler

July 17th, 2013
2:39 pm

Thanks, RK. Fixed.


July 17th, 2013
2:40 pm

Pass……………Is there a Dairy Queen near there…..Please.


July 17th, 2013
2:54 pm

Thanks for the suggestion JK-sounds awesome. I rarely go to my favorite Vietnamese places during the warmer months since I can’t pass up the pho when I’m in one. Now I have an excuse to go during the summer heat and order something that won’t leave me with a heat stroke


July 17th, 2013
4:42 pm

@RK, “ute” is how they pronounce “youth” north of the Mason-Dixon line :)

Big Play Jay

July 17th, 2013
4:47 pm

Vietnamese food makes my tummy hurt and legs quiver. Few bites of the stuff and I am running to the nearest crapper. Fish oil ? pppppppplllllllllllll……….. wings and chutes? ppppppppplllllllllllllll………….. No thanks JK. Pass on this one. My lower quandrant will thank me later.


July 17th, 2013
4:54 pm

Thanks John, I’ll try to try it next time! But the Pho is so awesome there.


July 17th, 2013
5:20 pm

I love that place but there are so many wonderful things to eat there besides the pho. Try the street food item that has an omelet with veggies and you eat it wrapped in lettuce with herbs (can’t recall what its called but it is a must have item!).

John Kessler

July 17th, 2013
8:19 pm

SP — banh xeo?


July 18th, 2013
10:25 am

Nam Phuong is a true asset to the restaurant scene in Atlanta. Their phở won me over, besting my previous favorite at Dai Loi #2 just up the street. The other menu items confirm them as being a delicious destination.

Cancer Breath

July 18th, 2013
11:40 am

Yep. SP is referring to banh xeo.
It’s really good at Chateau de Saigon on BH.


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July 19th, 2013
3:18 pm

Good wings! Now I can probably convince the Bride to go. Thanks!


July 21st, 2013
7:16 am

I was unimpressed by the Buford Highway location. I love a good bowl of Bo Bun Hue. I’ve traveled to Vietnam. I have Vietnamese friends. And I want authentic Vietnamese food. When they brought my soup, there was no pork blood, no ankle, I was like what is this is? They said that they didn’t think I would like those things. Then why would I order it? Haven’t had this happen at any other pho places.