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Gambit's 2012 Winter Restaurant Guide: Vietnamese 

CAFE MINH 4139 Canal St., 482-6266; www.cafeminh.com Grilled pork pho combines pork, egg noodles, bean sprouts, bok choy, garlic chives and cilantro in pork broth. Pan-seared scallops are drizzled with sweet chile-soy sauce and served with grilled Japanese eggplant. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$

DONG PHUONG ORIENTAL BAKERY AND RESTAURANT 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., 254-0296 The No. 5 Viet grilled pork banh mi stuffs the bakery's French bread with carrots, jalapenos, cilantro and cucumbers. The restaurant's banh xeo, or Vietnamese crepe, is a crisp egg and rice flour crepe stuffed with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

DOSON NOODLE HOUSE 135 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-7283 Traditional Vietnamese pho with pork and beef highlight the menu. The vegetarian hot pot comes with mixed vegetables, tofu and vermicelli rice noodles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

HOA HONG/ 9 ROSES 1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 366-7665 Hot-and-sour fish features catfish with tomatoes, pineapple and okra in tangy broth. Marinated sliced beef is grilled at your table and served with lettuce, herbs, pickled carrots and rice paper. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

JAZMINE CAFE 614 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9301 Vietnamese shrimp salad is served with a side of fish sauce vinaigrette. The baked sesame plate features grilled sirloin cubes served with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, pickles and rice. Pho also is available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ 

LOST LOVE LOUNGE 2529 Dauphine St., 944-0099; www.lostlovelounge.com The walk-up counter at the back of Lost Love Lounge offers a menu of Vietnamese staples including pho, banh mi and vermicelli bowls. Spring rolls are filled with shrimp, herbs and vermicelli and served with peanut dipping sauce. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO HOA RESTAURANT  1308 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 302-2094  Order traditional pho topped with a choice of rare steak, well-done flank steak, brisket, tenderloin, chicken, shrimp or tripe. Get char-grilled pork on top of a vermicelli bowl filled with lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro, bean sprouts and crispy egg rolls. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO NOLA 3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 941-7690; www.pho-nola.com The crispy bird's nest features stir-fried beef, chicken, shrimp and vegetables atop a nest of egg noodles. NOLA rolls are fried egg rolls stuffed inside rice paper spring rolls with vermicelli, pickled carrots and cilantro. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PHO ORCHID 3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 457-4188 The namesake Orchid pho tops beef noodle soup with eye-round steak, brisket, tenderloin, tripe and a meatball. Spring rolls can be filled with shrimp, pork or chicken. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO TAU BAY 113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846 This family-owned Vietnamese restaurant features pho ap chao, a dish of pan-fried noodles and beef with vegetables and pineapple. P.T.B. wonton soup is served with house-made pork-and-shrimp wontons. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TAN DINH  1705 Lafayette St., Suite A, Gretna, 361-8008  This West Bank restaurant offers a wide array of Vietnamese dishes including traditional pho with sliced beef, peppers, herbs and lime wedges. One house specialty combines seared goat meat and lemongrass-infused goat curry with crushed peanuts, cilantro and basil. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

THANH THANH  RESTAURANT 131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-8678; www.t2restaurant.com  The Asian grilled chicken salad combines baby spring mix and romaine lettuces with grilled chicken, cucumbers, pickled carrots, tomatoes, roasted peanuts, red onions and peanut vinaigrette on top of vermicelli. Mama's pad thai offers a choice of chicken or shrimp over flat rice noodles stir-fried with onions, garlic, bean sprouts, peanuts and spicy sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Breakfast Sun. Credit cards. $$

THREE HAPPINESS 1900 Lafayette St., Gretna, 368-1355; www.threehappiness.com The seafood hot pot combines squid, scallops, shrimp, crabmeat, Chinese greens and mushrooms on top of clear rice noodles. Boneless and crispy Peking duck is served with the restaurant's special sauce and a steamed bun on the side. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

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