The question of which restaurants serve the best Vietnamese food can’t always be answered easily. It depends on what you want – pho, banh mi, beef soup…etc. So here we’ve rounded up some of the best Vietnamese dishes in the restaurants where they are popular.
As evident from the name, Pho (beef and rice noodle soup), is the standout at this Vietnamese restaurant. As soon as the temperatures cool down, I find myself craving the rich broth with warming spices. Make sure to play around with the toppings and the hot sauce to get your perfect taste, and dive right in. Who am I kidding -- I crave this all year when I want something comforting!
1436 Park Rd NW
Obviously, Eden Center is the mecca for Vietnamese food in the area, but Huong Viet is one of the most popular restaurants in there. Known for their home style cuisine, stop by for a snack and a Vietnamese iced coffee, or for a full meal. The banh xeo, which is a crispy egg crepe filled with bean sprouts, shrimp, and pork and served with lettuce, basil, and a dipping sauce is a fantastic and flavorful dish. They have an extensive menu with a variety of rice and vermicelli dishes, and even pho. Cash only, so go prepared!
6785 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA
This simple, unassuming family run spot in Georgetown does not too much, but still covers all the bases of typical and well known Vietnamese foods. That being said, their family’s recipes of banh mi sandwiches are the star here, although you can get rice bowls or vermicelli noodle bowls with the same combinations too. The lemongrass pork is a favorite but you can also get chicken, BBQ pork, beef, or tofu. The meats are flavorful, they don’t skimp on the toppings, and the bread has the right amount of chew. They also have vegan, gluten free and halal options on the menu, so it’s a good spot for anyone with dietary restrictions. Also, banh mi fries. Yes, please!
1624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Saigon Kitchen in Glover Park is one of the newer additions to the Vietnamese dining scene in D.C. Their modern dining room serves up fresh, home style food with something for everyone. The tender short ribs and the flaming beef both have fantastic flavor, but the caramelized fish is one of the best in terms of depth of flavor. You can't go wrong with great taste, good prices and good service.
2412 Wisconsin Ave NW
Yes, this is out in Silver Spring, but it’s absolutely worth going there just for the popular Bun Bo Hue. The broth in this vermicelli soup is spicy, salty, sweet and absolutely delicious, and is served with beef plus additional toppings -- tons of flavor in one bowl that will hit the spot. The crispy Maryland chicken is also a fan favorite – Vietnamese style fried chicken with tomato flavored rice. The noodle soups are also delicious here. It does get busy, but once you get a table the food comes out pretty quick.
2407 University Blvd., Silver Spring, MD
Of course, if you are willing to travel outside D.C. just a bit, a whole new world opens up. Popular spots in the surrounding areas are Pho Viet in Camp Springs, MD, Present in Falls Church, and Four Sisters in the Mosaic District.