The Seven Best Vietnamese Restaurants in St. Louis

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        Wings capable of changing your life. | Cheryl Baehr

Mi Linh
(9737 Manchester Road; 314-918-8868)

The soups are the highlights of the menu, along with the mi vit tiem, or five-herbs duck soup -- a clean, savory broth hinted at just a scent of lemongrass perfume to give it a subtle sweetness and duck, its skin somehow able to maintain its crispiness even though it was resting atop a bowl of steaming soup (they really get texture at Mi Linh). However, it's the butter garlic chicken wings that will leave a lasting impression. These meaty wings burst with garlic pungency, and the breading has a delicate, crispy texture. Green and white onions cooked in the pan drippings of the chicken are infused with the garlic, spices and pepper and serve as a bed for the wings. This is one of the best dishes in town and alone merit a visit. Have fun with a creative cocktail list that includes concoctions made with house infused vodkas.


Dao Tien Vietnamese Bistro
(8600 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-995-6960)

While the menu here isn't as broad or as adventurous as at other Vietnamese restaurants in the area, it offers many of the most popular dishes, and what Dao Tien does, it does well. You certainly can't go wrong starting your meal with an order of goi cuon (spring rolls), one of a half-dozen appetizers. The filling keeps things simple: vermicelli, crisp mint and plump shrimp; on the side, for dipping, is a thick hoisin-peanut sauce. The cha gio (egg rolls) come with a side of the restaurant's excellent nuoc cham dipping sauce. Tart and spicy, nuoc cham is a signature Vietnamese condiment, its flavor profile drawn with bold strokes of fish sauce (nuoc mam), lime juice, vinegar and minced chiles and garlic.

-- Ian Froeb

Read original review of Dao Tien here: Nuoc Charm: Dao Tien is a peach of a Vietnamese bistro, and a slice of home-style heaven


Location Info

Pho Long

8629 Olive Bvd., University City, MO

Category: Restaurant

Mai Lee

8396 Musick Memorial Drive, Brentwood, MO

Category: Restaurant

Mi Linh - CLOSED

9737 Manchester Road, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Dao Tien Vietnamese Bistro

8600 Olive Blvd., University City, MO

Category: Restaurant

Pho Grand

3195 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 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

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2 comments
backporchpoet77
backporchpoet77

Little Saigon in the Central West End is always overlooked. Freshest flavors in town.

ehend44
ehend44

This list is a farce if it doesn't include Little Saigon in the CWE.  Right up there with Mai Lee.  Smaller menu but the quality is next to none. 

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