In search of a new favorite Vietnamese spot?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Vietnamese spots around Alexandria, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you're on the hunt.
1. Caphe Banh Mi
Topping the list is Caphe Banh Mi. Banh mi and phở are the specialties of the house. The sandwiches run from the traditional ham-and-pâté to grilled chicken lemongrass or even a spicy red curry ground beef "sloppy" banh mi. The phở is available with a variety of meats, or try a vegetarian version with tofu and chayote. Located one block off King Street, at 407 Cameron St. in Old Town, it is the highest rated Vietnamese restaurant in Alexandria, boasting four stars out of 909 reviews on Yelp.
2. Pho Viet Flare
Next up is Landmark-Van Dom's Pho Viet Flare, situated at 514 S. Van Dorn St., Suite B. This is a phở-focused spot, with 16 protein choices on the menu and even a "phở 101" section on its website. (Pro tip: add a little bit of the bean sprouts at a time to avoid over-cooling your broth). With four stars out of 304 reviews on Yelp, it has proven to be a local favorite.
3. Sunday In Saigon
Old Town North's Sunday In Saigon, located at 682 N. St. Asaph St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving it four stars out of 171 reviews. An elegant-yet-funky atmosphere, with artistic references to 1960s Saigon, is the setting to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine from across the country. For example, you'll find bun cha ha noi from the North and bun bo hue from Central Vietnam. A brunch menu includes unlimited small plates and five-cent drinks.
4. Pho Huy
Pho Huy, a Vietnamese spot at The Shoppes of Foxchase, is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 54 Yelp reviews. Phở meat options include brisket, tripe, meatball and seafood; there is also a vegetarian phở. The menu also features vermicelli entrees, rice dishes and appetizers like spring rolls and calamari. Pair your meal with fresh-squeezed lemonade, coconut juice or matcha milk tea. Head over to 4527 Duke St. to see for yourself.
5. Pho 95's
Finally, back over in Landmark-Van Dom, check out Pho 95's, which has earned four stars out of 64 reviews on Yelp. It's a casual, counter-order take on Vietnamese with all the classics: rice, vermicelli, summer rolls, phở. Many regulars round things out with smoothies made with fresh juices, from strawberry to kiwi. You can find it at 265 S. Van Dorn St.