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CAFE MINH 4139 Canal St., 482-6266 Chef Minh Bui cooks modern Vietnamese-inspired dishes with local flavor. Favorites include jumbo diver scallops with Japanese eggplant covered with sweet chili sauce. Other dishes include red curry shrimp over angel hair pasta and his version of traditional spring rolls. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DONG PHUONG ORIENTAL BAKERY AND RESTAURANT 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., 254-0296 Fresh-baked loaves encase spiced meats, pates, herbs and pickled vegetables in Dong Phuong's popular banh mi sandwiches. The combined restaurant and market is a culinary epicenter of the Vietnamese-American community in eastern New Orleans. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

DOSON NOODLE HOUSE 135 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-7283 Noodle soup, pan-fried noodles and lo mein are popular at this Vietnamese eatery. For appetizers, try spring rolls or summer rolls. For entrees, the triple delight comes with chicken, shrimp and beef with mixed vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

HOA HONG/9 ROSES 1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 366-7665 The menu at 9 Roses includes a wide array of Vietnamese dishes plus some Chinese specials. Vermicelli noodle bowls come with char-grilled pork, crunchy spring rolls and sprouts. Whole fish over scallions arrives still steaming. Some dishes are cooked at the table, like paper-thin beef which can then be wrapped with lettuce and herbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

JAZMINE CAFE 614 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9301; Jazmine's pineapple crunchy salad mixes flavors and textures: crisp cucumber, crunchy peanuts, sweet fruit and spicy vinaigrette. Alongside Vietnamese staples like spring rolls, vermicelli salad bowls and banh mi are specialties like Sweet Heat noodles: a stir-fry of chicken, shrimp, sprouts and cilantro. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

KIM SON 349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489; Cantonese, Szechuan and Vietnamese cuisines share space on Kim Son's pan-Asian menu. Fresh Gulf fish comes with black bean sauce. The seafood platter boasts an assortment of scallops, lobster and salt-baked shrimp. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PHO HOA RESTAURANT 1308 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 302-2094 Order familiar dishes like spring rolls, banh mi or beef broth pho with a choice of rare steak, well-done flank steak, brisket, tenderloin, chicken, shrimp or tripe. Also look for vermicelli noodle bowls filled with lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro, bean sprouts, crispy egg rolls and char-grilled beef, pork or shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO KING AT LOST LOVE LOUNGE 2529 Dauphine St., 949-2009; There's Pho King in the back of the Lost Love Lounge. The small menu features spring rolls with pork or shrimp, pho and vermicelli bowls. Dishes include fried tofu and curried beef over vermicelli. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO NOLA 3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 941-7690; Pho NOLA's po-boys are New Orleans meets Vietnam versions of banh mi sandwiches. Try one filled with minced barbecue pork, roasted pork, ham, pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro and aioli. The Shakin' Beef is served atop a salad, as an entree and in a sandwich with house-made honey mustard sauce. Bubble tea is available in a variety of flavors. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PHO ORCHID 3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 457-4188; Pho Orchid serves pho and a wide variety of Vietnamese dishes. Get the staple soup topped with brisket, beef, chicken or other options. Pho Orchid also offers family sized portions of its entrees. Popular items include grilled duck bundled in rice paper and lettuce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO TAU BAY 113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846 Choose from more than 20 pho varieties and dozens of rice and noodle dishes. Pho ap chao is a combination of pan-fried noodles and stir-fried beef with vegetables and pineapple. "P.T.B." wonton soup features house-made pork and shrimp wontons. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TAN DINH 1705 Lafayette St., Gretna, 361-8008 This Gretna favorite can satisfy a pho fix, but its voluminous menu is packed with rewards for those exploring Vietnamese cuisine. One popular 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 131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-8678; Thanh Thanh's menu of pan-Asian offerings includes Vietnamese dishes as well as pad thai, the noodle dish topped with crunchy bean sprouts, carrots and peanuts. The pho and made-to-order spring rolls can be customized to suit your palate with the addition of basil, jalapenos or bean sprouts. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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