As the number of Vietnamese restaurants continues to grow around New Orleans, some are mixing up the typical script for these casual noodle shops. At one of the newest entries to the field, Pho Bistreaux (1200 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-304-8334; www.phobistreaux.biz), this means turning a banh mi into a taco and wrapping fried, crunchy egg rolls inside fresh spring rolls for a combo called the NOLA roll.
The tacos are on the restaurant's list of sliders, but they look, taste and function like banh mi tacos, with soft flour tortillas wrapped around grilled pork or chicken and the usual dressings of pickled radish, carrots, fresh cilantro, raw jalapenos and a slather of mayonnaise.
The menu also includes conventional banh mi and spring rolls, pho and bun noodle salads, along with vegetarian versions of each. Pho Bistreaux serves lunch Tuesday through Sunday and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.