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Atlanta Pho Tour

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If you ask 50 people where the best phở in Atlanta is, chances are you’ll get 40 different answers. That’s to be expected. Everyone has a preference. But what really constitutes a preference? Or a favorite? For most, going to two places is sufficient. Drawing a conclusion based on those two places is where I have a problem with. More so when they’ve only been to each place once. Classic example, I have this friend who keeps telling me that Restaurant XYZ is his favorite because it’s the best. When I asked him how many times he has been to this place, his answer was, “Once”. When I asked him how many restaurants serving the same type of food he has visited, his answer was, “One”. This is the very reason why I’m leery about believing people when they say a place is the best. Unless someone’s been to at least 10 similar places and visited each one multiple times, then that’s when I’ll trust someone’s judgment.

Call me a food snob. I’m not going to make excuses for it. I am. A huge one. You see, I’m very passionate about food. If you know me personally and as my best friend says, I’m like “a guy who has only one thing on his mind constantly”, except mine is about food. Eating is my biggest hobby. I drive around daily looking for Open Soon or Grand Opening signs. I visit many places multiple times. I eat multiple meals a day just so I can try different things and have different tastes in my mouth. Every meal is like a Chloe Food Festival.

Food makes me happy. I have no shame admitting I eat a lot of it. Bread is my Kryptonite. You’ll always hear me say I’m a breadgetarian. I am. I can down a loaf of freshly-baked Korean whipped cream bread slathered in butter in one sitting. Or four cardamom brioche from General Muir as a single snack. But don’t hate. There’s a trade off — I don’t drink alcohol (haven’t found something that tastes as good as fruit juice or Coca Cola) nor do I eat desserts or sweets. I may take a bite to taste; and to have an opinion, but that’s as far as I will go. I don’t have a sweet tooth. Works well for me.

But I digress. The point I’m making is that I eat a lot because I love food. Food is what I know best. I eat at lots and lots of different places multiple times. This year so far, I have eaten 28 bowls of ramen (down from 65 last year), 87 bowls of assorted Korean soups, and as of today, 42 bowls of pho. That’s a lot of soups combined! And it’s not even November yet. What does that mean to you? Thanks to my eating lifestyle (and eating playbook), I’ve done much of the eating research for you. The 20 places I visit multiple times to eat pho aren’t places I just visited this year. Those plus more are in my regular rotation since I started eating for fun. That will be about middle school I guess.

So without further ado, I present to you Atlanta Pho Tour 2013. By no means is this an exhaustive list. Instead, these are the places I visit multiple times on a regular basis. My visits aren’t for the same purpose all the time. Sometimes, I may go to a place because it’s convenient or I’m already in the area. Time of day or night is also a factor. But often, I go to a place because it’s the best. Ready to go around my food ‘hood? Let’s go!

The Top Five

1. Pho Dai Loi
4061 Jonesboro Rd
Forest Park, GA 30297
(404) 363-2423

4186 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 633-2111

1500 Pleasant Hill Rd
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 381-1415

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Three locations to serve you the absolute best pho in Atlanta. Hands down. The broth is simply delicious: rich yet light, hearty, balanced, and has a depth of flavor no other place in Atlanta can duplicate. The meats are fork-tender and great quality; the serving, beyond ample; and the garnish, super fresh. You come here for perfection. And with perfection, you don’t need to bother altering the taste by adding unnecessary spices and condiments.

2. What the Pho
2442 Pleasant Hill Rd
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 814-9396

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While the pho here is superb, everything on the menu is also good. Must-try include the combination fried rice, seafood pan-fried noodles, fried Cornish hen, bún (vermicelli noodle salad topped with grilled meats or shrimp), stir-fried chicken with cashews, and assorted rice plates that come with different combination of meats. Open until midnight.

3. Nam Phuong
5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093
(770) 409-8686

4051 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 633-2400

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One of the best places for all-around Vietnamese food. Aside from the fantastic pho, you can’t go wrong with anything here. Everything on the menu is good. Everything. Favorites include the Shaking Beef, chicken wings, noodle dishes, beef stew, do-it-yourself fresh summer rolls, and the best congee you’ll ever taste outside of Vietnam.

4. No. 1 Hong Kong Bakery
5494 Jimmy Carter Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093
(770) 837-0270

No. 1 Hong Kong Bakery

This is mainly a bakery. They specialize in breads, pastries, and rice cakes. The menu is very limited and there are maybe just two kinds of pho. But believe me when I tell you the pho is amazing. Inside the Hong Kong Supermarket on the left side of the building (not in the food court).

5. Pho Bac
4897 Buford Hwy
Chamblee, GA 30341
(770) 986-4273

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Another place for great Vietnamese food. Stellar soups and noodle salads. Come here for pho and add a side of Bánh mì to complete your hearty meal.

Everywhere Else (in alphabetical order):

1. Co’m Vietnamese Grill
4005 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 320-0405

Known more for their entrees and rice dishes, the grilled grape leaves rolls are a must try.

2. I Luv Pho
4650 Jimmy Carter Blvd.
Norcross, GA 30071
(770) 558-6289

4500 Satellite Blvd NW
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 249-8989

5145 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 249-8989

I Luv Pho

Open 24 Hours and with three locations in the metro, there’s bound to be one close to you.

3. Lee’s Bakery
4005 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 728-1008

The only place with pho/bánh mì combination meals on the menu.

4. Quan Ba 9
4285 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 636-2999

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A classic example of southern Vietnamese pho, the broth here is heavily flavored with leafy herbs and spices.

5. Quoc Huong
5150 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 936-0605

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First and foremost, you come here for the grilled pork bánh mì. It’s the best bánh mì in Atlanta. And then you eat the bánh mì with a bowl of pho. Perfect combination!

6. Pho 24
4646 Buford Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 710-0178

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Open 24 hours and with an extensive food and traditional Vietnamese beverage menu.

7. Pho Xe Lua
5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093
(770) 446-8908

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This is a food court stall inside the Hong Kong Supermarket specializing in pho. Lots of choices and cobinations. Cash only.

8. Saigon Café
3675 Satellite Blvd NW
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 232-5070

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The Duluth location has the best food for this local chain. Enroll in their rewards program for weekly specials. Seven locations all over metro Atlanta.

9. Yany Express
5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093
(770) 368-0094

Another place for great Vietnamese food all around. Fantastic soups and kitchen specialties. They have the best Shaking Beef in Atlanta.

Pho, ITP?

While there’s no question that great pho can be found on Buford Highway or OTP, intown residents don’t necessarily have to make the trek to get their fix. Here are some of the places within the city limits.

Dua
53 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 589-8889

The only place in downtown Atlanta for pho and with a separate location a couple of doors down for carry out and delivery orders.

So Ba
560 Gresham Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 627-9911

Located in EAV, the restaurant transforms into a late night eatery Octopus Bar after 10pm.

We Suki Suki
479 Flat Shoals Ave.
Atlanta, Ga 30316
404-901-6992

Pho available only from 11AM until they run out.

There you have it folks! We are so fortunate to have a big Vietnamese community in Atlanta. We don’t have to go far to satisfy our ethnic food cravings.


Cuban Burger: Palomilla’s

Four years ago, a couple of childhood friends of mine lived in a condo complex off Spalding Drive in Norcross while in college. We used to come over and go to this plaza next door where they have a few restaurants to get something to eat. One of those eating places was Palomilla’s Cuban Grill House. A sit-down, full service restaurant, we were a little apprehensive to come in at first given our college budgets. We soon found out the prices are actually cheap, and if you get the lunch special, meals became more affordable.

Pallomilla's Cuban Grill House

Since then, this place has been one of my go-to places for good Cuban food. Ever had a Cuban Burger? A Cuban burger (Frita Cubana) is an awesome burger that must be on your own 100 Dishes To Eat. It’s been my favorite thing to eat here. First, the huge, juicy patty is mixed with onions, peppers and spices. It is topped with canned potato sticks (for crunch and fun) then served in a huge, super soft, sesame seed bun. Call it a burger on steroids. It is a delicious, savory burger you’ll have to eat before you die. (Incidentally, I’m coming out with a CDA100 list — my very own 100 must-eat-mostly-ethnic food in Atlanta. Watch out for it.)

Pallomilla's Cuban Grill House

But that’s not all that’s good here. In fact, everything is good. The Masas De Cerdo comes with cubes of tender pork that have been marinated in spices and mojo sauce. These aren’t the typical jaw-breaking pork cubes you see at other places. Here, the crispy on the outside, deep-fried meat has a juicy, tender interior. Topped with sauteed onions and comes with rice, a cup of black beans, and a side of sweet plantains, this delicious $12.95 plate is an awesome value.

Pallomilla's Cuban Grill House

Pallomilla's Cuban Grill House

Pallomilla's Cuban Grill House

Pallomilla's Cuban Grill House

Pallomilla's Cuban Grill House

Pallomilla's Cuban Grill House

Chuletas De Cerdo. Another favorite of mine. This comes with two tender pork chops that have been marinated in tropical juices and then cooked on a grill. The Filete De Pollo, a flattened chicken filet marinated in mojo sauce then grilled is also a favorite. Very tasty. And so is the Vaca Frita which is grilled tender flank steak. The Paella? Fantastic is an understatement. And if you happen to have someone not as adventurous, let them get the chicken tenders or the chicken filet. Best chicken tenders!

Pallomilla's Cuban Grill House

Pallomilla's Cuban Grill House

You all know I’m not a big dessert eater so I usually get the empanadas to cap off my meal. Flaky crust, delicious meat filling. Enough said. Oh and my friends seem to love the preserved guavas served with a block of cream cheese. Sounds unusual but the flavors really work together. Oh and if you’re wondering how to eat this dessert — get a piece of guava, put a small dollop of cream cheese on top, then take it all in your mouth!

Now go get a Cuban Burger. By the way… it’s not on the menu :)

Palomilla’s Cuban Grill House
Norcross Location:
6470 Spalding Dr
Norcross, GA 30092
(770) 242-0078
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Johns Creek Location:
11030 Medlock Bridge Rd
Jonhs Creek, Ga 30097
678.710.8343
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Cafe Dominican

Cafe Dominican (Norcross)

It’s quite a trek for most but if you want good Dominican food, you have to make the trip to Lilburn/Norcross which has been the gateway for such restaurants. I have been here a few times, eating off of the cafeteria-style specials the first time then from the menu after. I suggest you do the same since ordering from the menu, at lunch and especially during busy dinner hours, can take over an hour to get your food. We timed it the last time we came at an off-hour, slow day and it took a good 20 minutes. I also had mistakenly come here on one of my Meatless Fridays and sure enough, the entire Dominican population in Atlanta was there observing the same practice with me. Dinner became a two-hour ordeal but the wait was so worth it.

Cafe Dominican (Norcross)

If you want a quick meal, then opt for the ready-cooked entrees from the cafeteria section. Every single one is good. I love the beef stew and the oxtail. Both are very tender and stewed in tomato-based sauces. They are so fantastic you’ll be sorry not to try them. The spices, bold flavors, and fork-tender meat make this stews so comforting. And oh so yummy.

Cafe Dominican (Norcross)

There are a couple of things you need to get from the menu. One is the deep-fried whole chillo. The red snapper is huge, about 2 pounds, seasoned lightly with salt then fried golden. The skin is crispy while the meat is juicy and tender. Served with a side salad, rice, and beans, it’s an awesome deal and a huge meal for $9.95 for lunch and $14.95 for dinner. A real steal since it’s big enough to feed two — that’s two people with normal appetites. I can down one easily, as with my lunch buddies, good friends Stan and GJ who ordered one each. Stan, a connoisseur of island food, being raised in Puerto Rico, and whose family owns a restaurant serving Dominican food among others, was very happy with their fried fish topped with a tomato-based sauce.

Cafe Dominican (Norcross)

Cafe Dominican (Norcross)
excuse the blue hue… they had the disco lights on

The plain fried fish is good as well. The clean flavor of the fish really stands out. I’ve had this fried fish three times and it goes without saying that you must try it.

Cafe Dominican (Norcross)

The other thing you need to get from the menu, the deep fried pork, is one of my favorites. Strips of tender, marinated pork are deep fried and served with rice and a very simple salad. I like this better than the fried pork belly because it doesn’t have that hard, chewy pork skin that, while delicious, can be a pain to eat sometimes. Every meal also comes with a side cup of beans. The beans here made a fan of me. It’s really good. Lots of flavor and good consistency.

Cafe Dominican (Norcross)

A friend got the sauteed, grilled steak strips that came topped with onions and green peppers. This dish is really good as the meat was just so flavorful.

Cafe Dominican (Norcross)

The spicy shrimp (similar to scampi) has that pleasant, slight kick, with just the right amount of spiciness in them. Tender, sweetish.

Cafe Dominican (Norcross)

Spaghetti? Yes. With meatballs. Unlike Italian spaghetti, the island version is more savory with only a little hint of tartness from the tomatoes. Worth a try.

Cafe Dominican (Norcross)

Mofongo. This mashed plantain is a popular Caribbean dish which originated in Puerto Rico. It is made from fried green plantains or fried yuca, seasoned with garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, then mashed with a little broth. The big serving here laced with huge pieces of pork skin is just that: tasty. And what’s a meal with Stan without mofongo!

Cafe Dominican (Norcross)

Cafe Dominican (Norcross)

Tostones and fried sweet plantains are equally good and make best sides or appetizers. You can’t go wrong with either one.

One last thing. Beware of Friday and Saturday nights when this place doubles as a disco complete with a live band and dancing. While the place becomes fun, the food takes longer to come out.


Cafe Dominican

4650 Jimmy Carter Blvd.
Norcross, GA 30093
(770) 723-3784

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Norcross Farmer’s Market

Whistler Stop Farmers Mkt (Norcross)

There are two reasons I love farmer’s markets — fresh fruits and artisan bread. But farmer’s markets are so elusive to me because I can never make it to the morning ones on time. Come to find out, there are afternoon ones, too! So I went to one, The Whistle Stop Farmer’s Market. They’re stationed in downtown Norcross near the railroad tracks every Tuesday from 4-8PM. It’s not a huge one, maybe 20 stalls at most, but you still get a great selection of produce and goods.

Whistler Stop Farmers Mkt (Norcross)

Whistler Stop Farmers Mkt (Norcross)

First stop: bread. I just wanted fresh-baked bread. The ones you can slather butter onto and eat plain. And I found it!!! Baguettes, freshly baked by Thomas Sergio of Olde World Artisan Bread Co is simply the best. They are so dense, chewy, and buttery. Seriously, these are the best baguettes I’ve had and I’ve been (eaten) everywhere! Read Thomas’ claim to fame and include his baguettes in your list of 100 things to eat before you die. Seriously.

Whistler Stop Farmers Mkt (Norcross)

Whistler Stop Farmers Mkt (Norcross)

The second reason I came here was because my mom is into peaches lately. So I got her those famous Pearson Farm peaches. These Georgia peaches are so unbelievably juicy. I don’t really remember how much they were going for. All I know is that I paid $30 for an entire box and I scored a free bag of 10 just because. If you’ve never had these peaches before, you need to make it a point to try them. And hurry as the season for them is almost over.

The Whistle Stop Farmer’s Market in Historic Norcross
7 Jones Street
Norcross, GA 30071
Tuesdays, 4-8PM

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The Atlanta Bánh Mi Guide

Banh Mi!!!

I was 10 years old when I had my first bánh mi. My mom has a very good lady friend who is Vietnamese and always had us for dinner. Growing up, Sunday afternoons were spent visiting them all the way in Jonesboro, having dinner, and staying til past our bedtime. She made the best pho and bo kho (beef stew) from scratch, and of course, bánh mìs.

Banh Mi

Bánh mìs are the Vietnamese version of subs. But a thousand times better. A heavy influence from the French, chewy, crusty French baguettes are used then filled with an assortment of tantalizing meats. Roast or grilled pork are the most popular here in the US but pork roll (meat balls), liver paté, and cold cuts are the norm in Vietnam: turkey, ham, chicken, and head cheese. Butter is normally spread on the bread but most places nowadays use mayo or a variation of butter-mayo or mayo dressing. Pickled carrots and daikon lend a hint of sweet-tangy taste plus strips of cucumbers and sprigs of cilantro all add crunch. These inexpensive sandwiches are delicious and I urge you to try one.

When Dinho grocery first opened in the late 80s, they had a sandwich shop next to it (it’s been replaced by what is now Dinho Bakery). It was the first place in Atlanta to sell bánh mi and early childhood memories always include them. All they sold were bánh mìs (slathered in butter instead of mayo) at $1.00 apiece, and these phenomenal Vietnamese cakes with the most amazing buttercream icing. The cakes were made by hand by the Vietnamese proprietress who would only make them when she felt like it, or if you happen to be good friends with her. We got a cake every month and my mom would always get bánh mìs regularly for us. They didn’t have grilled/roast pork bánh mis then so our favorite was relegated to the homemade cold cuts-luncheon meat combo. Nowadays, the bánh mì is as staple as the Big Mac. Buford Highway (and a little bit beyond) is literally peppered with bánh mì places so I thought it would be nice to showcase some of them. Call it your Atlanta Bánh Mì Guide. Here goes.

1. Quoc Huong
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5150 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 936-0605
Cash only
Closed Thursdays

Quoc Hong

Quoc Huong

Coming in at number one and the undisputed bánh mì king of Atlanta is none other than Quoc Huong. Did you know? The grilled/roast pork (Bánh Mì Thit Nuong) here is stellar, unrivaled, and tastes exactly the same since they’ve been open (early 90s). Seriously, don’t get anything else. The super flavorful, salty-sweet, smoky red pork is well-marinated, roasted, then grilled. Both texture and taste are phenomenal. They are the only place that uses a sweetish mayo dressing (think milder thousand island) and the perfectly-balanced sweet-tart pickled daikon/carrots are delicious additions. Sliced cucumbers and cilantro all add flavor and crunch. I love that they use a good ratio of meat to veggies that keeps the flavor of the grilled meat to stand out.

The baguettes they use have a crisp, flaky crust and a chewy inside, thanks to a super secret French bakery they employ because as Mr. Quoc Hong (as I’ve always known him) would always tell my mom: “Bánh mìs are only as good as the baguettes. No other bakers can make the best other than the French. Vietnamese-baked baguettes can never compare.” By the way, their bánh mìs heat up really well so take some home and pop them in the oven or toaster oven for a couple of minutes. P.S. Get your bánh mìs with jalapeños for punch.

2. Pho Viet
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4300 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30341
(678) 999-9110

Pho Viet

Pho Viet

A good contender and the one that takes the number two spot in Atlanta is none other than Pho Viet. The bread, baked in-house, is crisp and flaky outside, and smooth and soft inside. They use the traditional butter-mayo spread that tastes buttery rather than oily. They make the best combination bánh mi in town (Bánh Mì Dac Biet) consisting of liver paté, ham, pork roll (they call it meatball), and head cheese. Each piece of deli meat is made in-house and sold in the store. They are fresh-tasting, not salty, and sliced thick. Head cheese is quite tricky because most places that don’t prepare it right cause the cold-cut to have an off-putting taste and smell. Such is not the case here. I highly suggest you try their version. It’s the best.

The grilled pork bánh mì is just as good, with the pork tasting wonderfully savory yet sweetish. The pickled daikon/carrots has the right amount of sweet-tart flavors. The good-sized baguettes plus the generous filling of meat make their bánh mis quite filling.

3. Pho Bac
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4897 Buford Hwy
Chamblee, GA 30341
(770) 986-4273

Pho Bac

Pho Bac

Pho Bac’s grilled pork bánh mì is fantastic. The grilled pork has the perfect salty-sweet taste. They use mayo very sparingly and they don’t skimp on the meat which is nice. Go past the chewy, uncrusty baguette they use and they still take the number 3 position.

4. No. 1 Hong Kong Bakery
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5494 Jimmy Carter Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093
(770) 837-0270

No. 1 Hong Kong Bakery

No. 1 Hongkong Bakery

The combination bánh mì (Bánh Mì Dac Biet) here is quite amazing. Reminds me of the ones we got at Dinho when we were young. The meat slices are thick and plenty. Homemade cold cuts include pork, turkey, ham, and head cheese. The pickled daikon/carrots are sliced thick and chunky to provide great crunch and offset the soft meats. The grilled pork bánh mi is just as good. The pork is seasoned well and goes well with the other toppings. The baguettes that are baked in-house are so flaky. Add plenty of cilantro and these are one of the best bánh mìs $3 can buy.

5. Huy’s Sandwich
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6100 Live Oak Pkwy,
Norcross, GA 30093
770-666-6762
Open Daily from 8:00AM – 8:00PM
Closed on Tuesdays

Huy's Sandwich (biggest bánh mì shop)

Huy's Sandwich (biggest bánh mì shop)

The biggest bánh mì shop and newest joint of the bunch. Did you know? They offer 16 kinds of bánh mì. Including varieties you won’t find in many places: sunny side up eggs, fish (anchovies), meat balls, and liver paté, to name a few. The French bread they use is huge: 10 inches! They use butter!!! The crust is crumbly rather than flaky and the inside is soft and chewy. The meat filling is abundant, with a perfect 4:1 ratio to veggies. The pickled daikon and carrots are balanced in sweet and tart flavors. The cilantro and cucumbers are fresh and crunchy. I ate three bánh mìs on my visit. The Grilled Pork (Number 9) is the best of the lot. The grilled pork has a tiny hint of sweet crust and undertones of lemongrass. It’s tender yet at the same time, crunchy. It’s delicious.

Huy's Sandwich (biggest bánh mì shop)

Huy's Sandwich (biggest bánh mì shop)

The Combination (Thit) bánh mì which includes paté, headcheese, and steamed pork is equally good. You get a lot of different flavors from the housemade deli meats. The paté is bold and tastes of concentrated liver. The headcheese is mild and does not have that off-putting smell and off-putting porky taste. The BBQ Pork isn’t the one you’re accustomed to see in other places. Here, it’s more a pork loin that has been roasted. I prefer the grilled pork.

6. Viet Tofu
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4897 Buford Highway
Atlanta, GA 30341

Viet Tofu

Viet Tofu

Viet Tofu offers ready-made, cooked-on-premises dishes such as fried rice (Com Chien), rice cakes, pastries, noodles, snacks, sticky rice, wraps, rolls, tofu, and, of course, bánh mì. Don’t bother coming in to sit down, this is a take-out only place. They offer two types of bánh mì pork here: the red roasted-then-grilled pork and a regular grilled pork. Although, the grilled pork they use isn’t quite as good as the others, they are the next best thing. The regular grilled pork is very tender and juicy. Both are grilled on-premises and very flavorful. The bánh mìs here are humongous — about three inches longer and fatter than anywhere else. They use regular mayo but the chunky pickled daikon/carrots are more tart than their counterparts so they balance well. Other notable choices include the chicken and the meatloaf. In any case, all are equally good.

7. Lee’s Bakery
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4005 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 728-1008

Lee's Bakery

Lee's Bakery

Did you know? My favorite here at Lee’s is their chocolate croissants. I order them in batches of 25 every so often. But let’s talk about their bánh mìs. I’m sad to say that I’ve never been a fan of Lee’s bánh mìs. And I notice that most people ITP really love this place. Is it the proximity to town? I find Lee’s the most inferior in the company of other places. Nevertheless, it’s a popular joint so I had to include it. The grilled pork they use here border on the sweeter side and the texture is just off. It seems like they grill the pork early in the day and reheat as needed. The result is wet, grilled meat with a boiled meat texture. The flavor is not as good as the other places in town. And they really skimp on the meat in their sandwiches.

The deli meats in their combination bánh mi is so thinly sliced, you can hardly taste them. Most times, the amount of pickled daikon/carrots is just so much that it makes me feel like I’m eating a salad bánh mi with specks of meat. It’s also worth noting that their pickled daikon/carrots border on the salty side, thanks to the heavy use of nước chấm (fish sauce). The baguettes, made in-premises, however, are quite good. No matter, it’s a good place to get a very inexpensive bánh mì fix especially if you live ITP opt for their daily special: half bánh mi with a bowl of pho all for $6.50. Can’t beat that.

There you have it, folks. Although I’ve been eating bánh mis regularly since I was 10, I ate so many bánh mìs lately that I’m laying off them for a while. Hope this guide helps you out. I had so much fun doing it.

~Chloe
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