In search of a new favorite Vietnamese spot?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Vietnamese restaurants around Charlotte, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best places to venture next time you're on the hunt.
1. Le's Sandwiches & Cafe
Topping the list is Le's Sandwiches & Cafe. Located at 4520 N. Tryon St. in NoDa, this is the highest-rated Vietnamese restaurant in Charlotte, boasting 4.5 stars out of 320 reviews on Yelp.
The menu includes an array of bánh mì sandwich options, stuffed with meatballs, grilled cured pork and sardines.
Yelp reviewer ColtnVivi P. wrote, "Beats all the trendy hipster versions. I have eaten here long before these sandwiches were trendy. Definitely a pit stop every time I'm in Charlotte."
2. Lang Van Vietnamese
Next up is Eastland's Lang Van Vietnamese, situated at 3019 Shamrock Drive. With 4.5 stars out of 318 reviews on Yelp, the restaurant has proven to be a local favorite.
Check out the house special curry: coconut cream with lemongrass, chiles, white onion, sweet potato and more, served with rice, vermicelli or French bread. There are also 11 types of phở, made with fresh beef bones and flank steak simmered overnight with herbs and spices.
3. Crispy Banh Mi
Starmount's Crispy Banh Mi, located at 5100 S. Boulevard, Suite C, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the Vietnamese spot 4.5 stars out of 215 reviews. According to its website, the counter-service eatery specializes in sandwiches and desserts, and has another location opening on Shamrock.
Check out the crispy fried fish bánh mì sandwich, filled with daikon, carrot, cucumber, cilantro and more, or the noodle bowl with egg roll and shrimp. Pair your meal with a Vietnamese coffee, frappe or one of several smoothies like the tropical Mango Tango. (Find the full menu here.)
4. Pho Hoa Restaurant
Pho Hoa Restaurant, a Vietnamese restaurant in Plaza Midwood, is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 200 Yelp reviews. According to its website, the international chain has been making a healthy version of phở for 35 years. Menu items include brisket, flank, tendon, tripe and fatty flank noodle soup. Head over to 3000 Central Ave., Suite 1, to try it for yourself.
5. Banh Mi Brothers
Over in University City, check out Banh Mi Brothers, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 178 reviews on Yelp. You can find the Vietnamese spot at 230 Wt. Harris Boulevard, Suite A-7.
Check out the "pho-tine" fries, topped with brisket, basil, cilantro and reduced phở gravy. The specialty Vietnamese sandwich menu includes the porchetta — roasted pork belly and cracklings topped with a savory-sweet caramelized sauce and served with homemade aioli, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeño, pickled daikon and carrots.