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Ask a Foodie: Two Questions About Vietnamese Restaurants

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Q. I am looking for a good Vietnamese restaurant with soft rice paper spring rolls and peanut sauce. Are there any in San Antonio?

— V.R.

Q. Where can I get a Vietnamese salted lemonade in San Antonio?


A. Vietnamese food may not be as common as Chinese or Thai food in San Antonio, but you’ll find some excellent places across the city, and rolls in rice paper are available at most. You might find have to study the menu closely.

Some places refer to their fried rolls as spring rolls while the cool rolls with shrimp, pork or chicken rolled up with fresh herbs and raw vegetables summer rolls. If you’re not sure, just ask.

Your choice may depend on where in town you’re at, so here are a few places we recommend (see map below). Hopefully one is close to you:

  • VN Bistro, 9910 W. Loop 1604 N.
  • Pho Thien An, 126 W. Rector St.
  • Savor Fare, 8601 Huebner Road
  • Pho Ha Long, 6424 N.W. Loop 410
  • Saigon Express, 1626 McCullough Ave.
  • Vietnam Garden, 5433 Blanco Road
  • House of Pho, 7302 Louis Pasteur

You can also find these treats at some Thai restaurants as well.

Salted lemonade is exactly what it sounds like, with salt added to the sugar and lemon juice. You can find that wonderfully refreshing and decidedly different drink at Pho Ha Long, where they make a version with soda as well.

So, readers, what places did we miss? Where do you like to go for Vietnamese food, whether it’s for pho or bun?

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4 Responses to “Ask a Foodie: Two Questions About Vietnamese Restaurants”

  1. the barking dog says:

    I’m a big fan of Pho Hai An, which is just off Walzem near I-35.

    • John Griffin says:

      I haven’t been there for a couple of years, but I have enjoyed it and, as I recall, they may also have the salted lemonade. Thanks for reminding me of it.

  2. Heather says:

    Every Sunday during the summer, Ming of Ming’s Thing prepares summer rolls to order at the Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market, 9-1. Choose from tofu, pork, shrimp or veg.

    • John Griffin says:

      That’s a great suggestion. Are there any other Vietnamese food stands, food trucks or non-restaurant formats that anybody is doing out there?