The Five Best Vietnamese Restaurants in St. Louis

Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists and download the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis mobile app, visit our Best of St. Louis homepage.

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Jennifer Silverberg
Heo lui, a barbecued pork shish kabob appetizer, at this year's "Best Vietnamese Restaurant"
​In 2011, our "Best Vietnamese Restaurant" also happened to be St. Louis' oldest Vietnamese restaurant. This was no legacy award. It stood out among very, very strong competition.

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Deborah Hyland
The banh xeo at Little Saigon Café
​5. Little Saigon Café (10 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-8881)

This Central West End mainstay balances favorites like pho tai (beef noodle soup) and goi cuon (spring rolls) with more ambitious -- and, yes, more expensive -- dishes like sauteed prawns with asparagus and salmon cooked in a hot pot. Be sure to try the cha Saigon, fried spring rolls with a crisp (but not greasy) exterior.

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Ian Froeb
Pho at Pho Long
4. Pho Long (8629 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-997-1218)

Is it fair to include a restaurant that serves little more than variations of one dish in this list? When that dish is pho and the restaurant is Pho Long, the answer is yes. The pho here is incredible, the broth so deeply flavored that the usual additions (basil, lime, etc.) are hardly necessary -- though, of course, you can and should doctor the dish to your liking. Pho Long caters to novice and aficionado alike, with basic beef pho as well as soup loaded with tripe and tendon.


Location Info

Little Saigon Café

10 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Pho Long

8629 Olive Bvd., University City, MO

Category: Restaurant

Phuc Loi

3723 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Banh Mi So #1 - Saigon Gourmet

4071 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Mai Lee

8396 Musick Memorial Drive, Brentwood, MO

Category: Restaurant


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3 comments
IMHOANG1
IMHOANG1

Mai lee sucks balls, service is key...they don't got none.

KIMBO
KIMBO

Fuck Mai Lee, RFT continues to be a county joke

Brian Stitt
Brian Stitt

Try living west of 270 and then tell me RFT is a county joke. I've eaten a lot of Vietnamese in St. Louis and Mai Lee is the one I keep returning to. 

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