Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Houston

As a Vietnamese person who grew up in Houston with a mom who makes amazing Vietnamese food, I rarely made it out to Vietnamese restaurants. Recently, I decided to make an effort to include the food of my motherland when exploring Houston. Of course, I’m not surprised to see that there are so many quality Vietnamese restaurants in this beloved hometown of mine, and it’s about time I gave them a feature on my blog.

Nam Giao

Nam Giao,  a hidden gem of a Vietnamese restaurant specializing in cuisine from Huế, Vietnam. They have been a long-time staple in the Houston community but were made even more popular when the Netflix show Ugly Delicious featured them in the Houston/New Orleans episode (My favorite episode of that fantastic show.)  You can make a meal off of their appetizers menu. Pictured from top to bottom: Crystal dumplings, Banh Ram It, and Banh Beo. Banh Beo is a must-order. Everything is dipped in their delicious fish sauce.

Nam Giao
6938 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77072

Nguyễn Ngọ French Cafe

One of the more popular traditional French style banh mi shops in Houston. Their game changer is you can order their classic banh mis with croissant bread which they make in-house. They do not skimp on anything and give generous slatherings of pâté and housemade buttery mayo, two cornerstone ingredients of Vietnamese sandwiches.

Nguyễn Ngọ French Cafe
11210 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072

Phanh Ky Hu Tieu Mi My Tho

A list of best Vietnamese food in Houston is not complete without the classic gem, Phanh Ky Hu Tieu Mi My Tho. They specialize in dry noodle dishes (hu tieu mi kho) whose origins are credited to the Vietnamese city, Mỹ Tho.   These noodle dishes are served dry with a delicious and unique sauce. (They are secretive on what makes their sauce so great.) These bowls of flavorful noodles are served with sides of bone broth with tender pieces of pork ribs in the soup. At the time of my writing this, they’ve been open for eighteen years.

Tip: They are cash only.

Phanh Ky Hu Tieu Mi My Tho
1602 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072

LES NOO’DLE

Speaking of dry noodle dishes, Les Noo’dle in Montrose, a newer establishment, also has dry pho which is so good. They have pho for just about anyone. They have traditional pho, dry pho, vegan pho, and even keto pho with zucchini noodles! I am in love with their dry pho and was most surprised by their vegan pho. I operate with a slight negative bias against most vegan foods but I would happily finish a bowl of their vegan pho.


LES NOO’DLE
717 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
lesnoodle.com

My Baguettes

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There’s a new Vietnamese dish that popped up in the states. It’s called “bo ne” which directly translates to dodging cow.  “Bo” can mean either beef or cow. “Ne” means “to dodge.” This Vietnamese version of steak and eggs gets its name from the sizzling splatter of the meat from the platter. I vetted My Baguette and fell in love with their bo ne instantly after trying a few in Houston and took my mom to have her first experience of bo ne. She spoke to the owner who lived close to her old neighborhood in Saigon and confirmed that this is not a dish that gets its roots in Vietnam but was first made here by Vietnamese immigrants. I also introduced her to their deconstructed banh mi with headcheese they make in house.  Their drinks are also delightfully unique. Try their corn milk for a sweet refreshing drink; I love their mung bean milk. If you are quick, I’m hosting a giveaway for a 25 dollar gift card to My Baguettes on my Instagram.


My Baguettes

10613 Bellaire Blvd Suite A-125, Houston, TX 77072

Pho Binh

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I rarely order pho when I’m in Houston because I love my mom’s bowl so much and rather order things she doesn’t often make. But if I’m at Pho Binh with friends, I’m getting my bowl of pho with a side of bone marrow.  Pho Binh is one of the only places in Houston where you can actually order your pho with a side of bone marrow. My mom says that means they use beef bones to make their soup and therefore have the actual marrow to offer! I have been eating bone marrow since before it became more of a staple in American fine-dining. Anthony Bourdain would call it the “nasty bits” which refer to the trim and parts of an animal that is often discarded in American cuisine but has been resourcefully used and revered in other cultures, like bone marrow! I have complicated feelings about seeing something my mom used to get for a dollar a bag marked up to be a delicacy in Western restaurants after being ignored for years, but all those feelings aside, adding a side of bone marrow to your pho will make your bowl feel like luxurious self-indulgence.

5901 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77057
phobinh.com

Roostar Vietnamese Grill

Roostar Vietnamese Grill is a recent discovery of mine! They are my favorite banh mi place in Houston. I’ve seen some of my friends post from this restaurant and coincidentally saw that I live so close to one of their locations. I took my mom recently, and she’s still raving about them. She promptly converted my brother into a fan. Their bread is perfect! I have lockjaw and sometimes baguettes do a number on my jaw. These toasted baguettes are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Their filling is generous and you can add fried eggs to your sandwiches. I’m writing this blog from North Carolina and am in almost tears with want for this banh mi as I type this.

multiple locations
myroostar.com

Thien Thanh Restaurant – Bánh Cuốn

Best Vietnamese food in Houston

I don’t know if you noticed but I’m featuring a lot of shops that do one thing very well. Banh cuon is another dish that I grew up eating and will never tire of. They are thin rice noodle crepes wrapped around a meat filling. They are delicate. I associate eating this dish with love. It takes a lot of care to wrap these rolls and plate them. If you’re having a banh cuon craving or are simply curious on where to try this dish for the first time, go to a Houston classic, Thien Thanh Restaurant – Bánh Cuốn. That pitcher at your table is not ice tea, by the way. That’s fish sauce. Don’t be like one of my friends and take a gulp of it! As you explore Vietnamese food, you’ll find lots of fish sauce used!

Tip: They are cash only.

11210 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072
thienthanhhouston.com

Lua Viet Kitchen

Best Vietnamese food in Houston

Located in the museum district in Houston, Lua Viet Kitchen is a new addition to the Vietnamese food scene in Houston. They pride themselves in offering hormone-free meats and organic vegetables. They recently invited my friends and me to try a big selection of their menu and they were so good. Their wonton noodle soups taste so simple, clean, and elegant. Their tofu luc lac (a vegetarian option to the popular Shaken Beef  (bo luc lac) dish was one of my favorite dishes. The things they did to the tofu makes that ingredient such a star. I also loved their Vietnamese meatballs.

Lua Viet Kitchen
1540 W Alabama St #300, Houston, TX 77006

And that concludes my list thus far.

I plan on updating this post as I continue to explore the amazing Houston food scene. Did I miss any of your favorites in this list of Best Vietnamese food in Houston? And if you’re not from Houston, which dishes (and they don’t have to be Vietnamese) do you associate with love?

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