America's Best Neighborhoods for Ethnic Food
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Versailles, New Orleans
There are significant Vietnamese communities in southern California, northern Virginia, and Orlando, FL, but it’s hard to beat New Orleans for replicating the Old Country. For starters, there’s that sticky, humid Southeast Asian–like weather. The food is pretty terrific, too. In the Versailles neighborhood, browse the Vietnamese farmers’ market in front of Ly’s Supermarket (Alcee Fortier Boulevard and Peltier Drive, Saturdays 5–9 a.m.). Hungry yet? We thought so. Head to nearby Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery & Restaurant (14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., New Orleans East; 504-254-0214) for sweets or a big bowl of spicy beef soup. And it’s worth the drive over to Gretna, for grilled-pork spring rolls at Phò Tâù Bay (113-C Westbank Expwy., Gretna; 504-368-9846), one of the city’s best Vietnamese restaurants.