10 Favorite Vietnamese Restaurants in Greater Phoenix
Affordable, mostly healthy, and not "too weird" for most American palates, Vietnamese food is easy to enjoy. But if you don't plan on using the sauces and condiments on the table, you're missing out on what makes the cuisine so delicious. Don't worry about having to understand them all; just try a few, or better yet, ask for help. And if there's a language barrier, simply shrug your shoulders, look confused, and point to them. The reward is better-tasting and more flavorful dishes.
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This no-frills eatery in Chandler focuses on solid and inexpensive fare as well as friendly service. Check out satisfying spring rolls, sweet lemongrass chicken over rice, and the popular Saigon beef rice noodle soup (pho) or opt for less familiar (but still delicious) dishes such as ca kho (caramelized clay pot catfish) and canh chua (sour soup with okra and taro stems).
This warm, contemporary restaurant in Mesa features stellar bo bia (rice paper-wrapped spring rolls packed with sweet Chinese sausage) and banh tam bi (rice noodles with shredded pork and coconut milk), but it may be most coveted for its varieties of bun. Don't miss creations like bun bo xao xa (Vietnamese beef sauteed with lemongrass) or spicy bun bo hue (Hue-style noodle soup with lemongrass.)
This family-owned staple in Central Phoenix has been serving up crazy-cheap, authentic Vietnamese fare from its hole-in-the-wall home for around 20 years. With over 75 items in the menu, indecision can set in fast, but remember to stick with the highlights: gigantic spring rolls, dishes of barbecued pork and shrimp, the seafood hot pot, and, of course, pho. Flour crepes pan-fried with shrimp and pork or a cháo (porridge) are also tasty selections.
The number of steaming bowls of pho being slurped up by regulars at this cozy spot tucked into a Tempe strip mall should be a good clue as to what to order. From sliced chicken breast, to thin sliced rare beef, to the all-kinds-of-beef " #1 Super Everything" variety, the bowls of pho come out quicker than you might expect. Perfect if you're in a rush -- or just really hungry.
1537 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ