From fresh banh mi sandwiches to pho, Vietnamese food satisfies with a variety of options. For fresh, fragrant, and flavorful fare, we turn to these top Vietnamese restaurants across Austin.
The top reason to visit this relatively new addition to Airport Boulevard is the banh bao, steam bun sliders filled with pork belly, brisket, shrimp, eggplant, or even ice cream. Another standout is the Vietnamese crepe, a traditional rice batter pastry served with fish sauce.
Elizabeth Street Cafe
A South First Street staple, Elizabeth Street Cafe is one of the only places in town where you can get banh cuon and a fresh macaron. The menu ranges from traditional Vietnamese offerings to French fare; banh mi, bun, and pho all make appearances. If you're short on time, call ahead and place a to-go order.
Me Con Bistro
This one's for you, South Austin. Start with the tom yum-flavored chicken wings as an appetizer, and then go for the pho with "the works" (flank steak, meatballs, and brisket) for your main course. If you can't make it down to William Cannon Drive, order online and enjoy quick delivery.
Pho is the name of the game at this new outpost on Riverside Drive. While the traditional noodle soup usually showcases chicken and beef, Pho Please also offers brisket and shrimp as toppings. You can also pick a protein and add it to rice, vermicelli, or a salad. Vegans will delight in the veggie-friendly dishes.
PhoNatic is a small but successful Austin chain specializing in (what else?) pho. Here you will find meat and veggie broths with plenty of tasty add-ons, as well as a diverse selection of other Vietnamese dishes. Locations include Mueller, Anderson Lane, Southpark Meadows, Cedar Park, and Round Rock.
Saigon le Vandeur
This cute food truck in East Austin serves up banh mi and vermicelli, but don't mistake the menu's simplicity for a lack of flavor complexity. These two items come with your choice of protein, including spicy chicken, grilled pork, and tofu. Look for curry and ramen on special, especially during colder weather.
Tam Deli & Cafe
This Research Boulevard gem has a 17-year legacy. The options here seem limitless — spring rolls, vermicelli bowls, and banh mi are among favorites. The Vietnamese coffee (thick drip coffee with sweetened condensed milk) is worth a taste too.