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From new spots like Hai Hai, to classics like Quang, the best in local Vietnamese dining
Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

9 Top Vietnamese Restaurant in the Twin Cities

All the pho, banh mi and bun to devour

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From new spots like Hai Hai, to classics like Quang, the best in local Vietnamese dining
| Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

Home to a large South East Asian population, the Twin Cities have an abundance of excellent grocers and restaurants that ground themselves in the cuisine of the region. For those looking for a good bowl of pho or baguettes for bánh mì, there’s no shortage of Vietnamese eateries: particularly on Minneapolis’ Eat Street and along St. Paul’s University stretch. From rich, layered broths to complex, salty-sour gỏi bắp chuối here are nine essential Vietnamese restaurants in the Twin Cities.

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Vo's Vietnamese Restaurant

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Located at the corner of 34th and Lyndale, this colorful, vegan-friendly restaurant has unmissable lunch specials for Minneapolis’ Uptown crowd. For $7, pick between fifteen different combinations on offer: from bánh mì and a fresh spring roll to a coconut milk curry with steamed rice.

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Quang Restaurant

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A decades-long institution, this Eat Street mainstay always bustling during dinnertime. Get an order of egg rolls to share, and pick from the wide variety of noodle soups: from flavorful vegan broths to a rich bun bo hue swimming with tender braised brisket, there’s something for everyone on their extensive menu.

The bun rieu, a crab meat soup is perfect for chilly days
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Pho Tau Bay

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Though the broken rice platters and noodle soups are always excellent at this vibrant Eat Street eatery, don’t miss the rotating specials on the weekend menus: numbingly spicy dried pepper curries, thin rice noodles redolent of fish sauce, silken tofu braised in an unctuous tomato-beef froth.

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Hai Hai

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Nearing on a year in their lively Northeast space, Hai Hai draws on the flavors and ingredients of Southeast Asian cuisine: from a sweet-savory rendition of chả cá lã vọng to a salad that features a tangle of shredded banana blossoms, fried shallots, pickled onions, and a pungent, sour-sweet nuoc cham dressing.

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Simplee Pho

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For those closer to the southern edges of the Twin Cities, this strip mall Apple Valley restaurant is the perfect takeout spot. Get one of their combination rice plates or a chef’s special: like the thịt bò xào khoai tây, featuring shallow-fried disks of potato and thin cuts of ribeye glazed with savory-sweet oyster sauce.

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Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

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In an industrial-modern space on University, Ngon Bistro focuses on bringing fresh, sustainable, local Minnesota ingredients to Vietnamese cuisine. Featuring a bone broth simmered from Thousand Hills marrow and knuckle bones, a bowl of pho is a must-order.

Broth is poured from a pot into a bowl with onions and beef slices Ngon Vietnamese Bistro/Facebook

Trung Nam French Bakery

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For a tiny bakery with limited hours, Trung Nam French Bakery delivers big. For just $3.75, get the house bánh mì: one of their chewy, crackly-edged baguettes brushed with mayo and piled high with pork, pate, a strip of jalapeno, and shreds of lightly pickled carrots and daikon.

Fresh baguette serve as the base of this classic sandwich
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Trieu Chau Restaurant

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This popular St. Paul restaurant consistently tops “best of…” lists for fans of pho across the Twin Cities--and it really is worth the wait. With their rich, layered, slow-simmered broth as the base for all their noodle soups, there’s no way to go wrong. For for something beyond pho, don’t miss their mi sate or hu tien sate: egg or rice noodles in a bright, searingly spicy broth laden with seafood and pork, served with extra chiles and pickled jalapenos on the side.

Trieu Chau Restaurant/Facebook

Nestled in a bright, unfussy space on St. Paul’s University Ave, this is one of the best places in the Twin Cities for pho. The house “special pho” features a clear, complex broth fragrant with anise, crescents of white onion, a hefty sprinkle of scallions, and paper-thin slices of rare beef and tripe.

Tay Ho/Facebook

Vo's Vietnamese Restaurant

Vo’s Vietnamese/Facebook

Located at the corner of 34th and Lyndale, this colorful, vegan-friendly restaurant has unmissable lunch specials for Minneapolis’ Uptown crowd. For $7, pick between fifteen different combinations on offer: from bánh mì and a fresh spring roll to a coconut milk curry with steamed rice.

Vo’s Vietnamese/Facebook

Quang Restaurant

The bun rieu, a crab meat soup is perfect for chilly days
Quang/Facebook

A decades-long institution, this Eat Street mainstay always bustling during dinnertime. Get an order of egg rolls to share, and pick from the wide variety of noodle soups: from flavorful vegan broths to a rich bun bo hue swimming with tender braised brisket, there’s something for everyone on their extensive menu.

The bun rieu, a crab meat soup is perfect for chilly days
Quang/Facebook

Pho Tau Bay

Pho Tau Bay/Facebook

Though the broken rice platters and noodle soups are always excellent at this vibrant Eat Street eatery, don’t miss the rotating specials on the weekend menus: numbingly spicy dried pepper curries, thin rice noodles redolent of fish sauce, silken tofu braised in an unctuous tomato-beef froth.

Pho Tau Bay/Facebook

Hai Hai

Hai Hai / Facebook

Nearing on a year in their lively Northeast space, Hai Hai draws on the flavors and ingredients of Southeast Asian cuisine: from a sweet-savory rendition of chả cá lã vọng to a salad that features a tangle of shredded banana blossoms, fried shallots, pickled onions, and a pungent, sour-sweet nuoc cham dressing.

Hai Hai / Facebook

Simplee Pho

Sarah R./Yelp

For those closer to the southern edges of the Twin Cities, this strip mall Apple Valley restaurant is the perfect takeout spot. Get one of their combination rice plates or a chef’s special: like the thịt bò xào khoai tây, featuring shallow-fried disks of potato and thin cuts of ribeye glazed with savory-sweet oyster sauce.

Sarah R./Yelp

Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

Broth is poured from a pot into a bowl with onions and beef slices Ngon Vietnamese Bistro/Facebook

In an industrial-modern space on University, Ngon Bistro focuses on bringing fresh, sustainable, local Minnesota ingredients to Vietnamese cuisine. Featuring a bone broth simmered from Thousand Hills marrow and knuckle bones, a bowl of pho is a must-order.

Broth is poured from a pot into a bowl with onions and beef slices Ngon Vietnamese Bistro/Facebook

Trung Nam French Bakery

Fresh baguette serve as the base of this classic sandwich
Trung Nam French Bakery/Facebook

For a tiny bakery with limited hours, Trung Nam French Bakery delivers big. For just $3.75, get the house bánh mì: one of their chewy, crackly-edged baguettes brushed with mayo and piled high with pork, pate, a strip of jalapeno, and shreds of lightly pickled carrots and daikon.

Fresh baguette serve as the base of this classic sandwich
Trung Nam French Bakery/Facebook

Trieu Chau Restaurant

Trieu Chau Restaurant/Facebook

This popular St. Paul restaurant consistently tops “best of…” lists for fans of pho across the Twin Cities--and it really is worth the wait. With their rich, layered, slow-simmered broth as the base for all their noodle soups, there’s no way to go wrong. For for something beyond pho, don’t miss their mi sate or hu tien sate: egg or rice noodles in a bright, searingly spicy broth laden with seafood and pork, served with extra chiles and pickled jalapenos on the side.

Trieu Chau Restaurant/Facebook

Tay Ho

Tay Ho/Facebook

Nestled in a bright, unfussy space on St. Paul’s University Ave, this is one of the best places in the Twin Cities for pho. The house “special pho” features a clear, complex broth fragrant with anise, crescents of white onion, a hefty sprinkle of scallions, and paper-thin slices of rare beef and tripe.

Tay Ho/Facebook

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