One of my favorite things about living New Orleans was heading to one of the many Vietnamese restaurants, ordering Pho Bo and spring rolls, and kissing my sorry-ass hangover goodbye. The best part? It didn’t matter where I was in life, broke, ballin’ or binge-drinking, there was always a pho for me! Promise if you visit, you will get some real foreign soul food at one my favorite four Vietnamese restaurants!
For the drinker…
514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
Get you some crafted cocktails, like my favorite, the Viper (which is made with house infused ginger/galangal vodka) and sit down on the covered patio to watch fireflies and the people go by. But the best part? So. Many. Options. You can get anything from poached eggs to pork belly including which broth you’d prefer- vegi, beef with marrow, or fowl.
To feel like a local…
1813 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Ugh, I miss this place SO.DAMN.MUCH. It was actually one of the first dates my love took me on. But mostly because it is one of the most lush bowls of pho I have ever seen- I always have extra to bring home (bonus, bitches!) Located on the quirky Magazine Street, people will drive from most of the city for this perfected place, so expect lunch time to be packed. Don’t forget to get a Lilly Roll!
On a budget…
135 North Carrolton
New Orleans, LA, 70119
Talk about a LIFE-SAVER. This is great for budget travelers, students, AND when you’re too tipsy to drive. They deliver to most neighborhoods in the area (mid-city, treme, uptown) and get it quick. Don’t worry, it may be inexpensive ($8.00) but it gets the job done.
On a date…
New Orleans, LA 70119
Nestled away on Canal street, hidden by great oaks and Spanish moss, Cafe Mihn is the ideal upscale(ish) vietnamese place. With a wonderful assortment of wine and cozy setting, Cafe Mihn makes the perfect date pho. Indulge in whatever the chef’s option is for the day- one time it was duck! (insert o-face here)
What is your favorite hang-over cure? Any tricks you’d like to send my way?
I love New Orleans, but I know I’m not alone…
Confession, I’m not a local. But I did luck out with a NOLA boy and lived in the city for a year. So for a perfect Nola day, and yes the weather was EXQUISITE yesterday! Start with an Adams street po-boy in Uptown. Head to the outskirts of Audubon Park and get enveloped by the massive grand Oaks. Then head down Magazine Street for some drinks and pool (or air hockey or foosball) at Ms. Maes. Work up an appetite and keep on heading down Magazine Street. We chose Salú Bistro and Bar for their excellent happy hour… Can you say HALF-OFF CHAMPAGNE?! Shit yeah! OHHH YEAH! Also, if you haven’t had mussels before, get them at Salú. Nola does seafood right, believe dat. Also, notice to dig in, it’s much easier to use an empty shell to remove the tasty little delicacies. I love life.