The dominant presence of Vietnamese food in Seattle continues, even under challenging circumstances. Even though dining rooms in the city have been closed since mid-March due to COVID-19 measures, almost all the restaurants on Eater’s essential Vietnamese list are still open in some capacity. Banh mi is a great takeout food, while pho and bun bo hue are pure comfort fare (traveling better in separate containers for broth and noodles). Here’s where to get those classics and much more.Read More
Where to Get Fantastic Vietnamese Food in Seattle for Takeout and Delivery
From banh mi to pho to catfish and soft shell crab, the city’s Vietnamese food scene has been resilient
Cafe Banh Mi
This no-frills deli occupies a peculiar space inside an office building close to Northgate, but the shop’s hearty banh mi offerings rival those in the International District. Classics such as the lemongrass pork shine with an umami glaze and come in satisfyingly large portions. Takeout is available daily until 5 p.m.
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Greenwood’s Banh Town is a treasure trove of Vietnamese flavors, and its mix of classic sandwiches, like a delectable five-spice lemongrass pork option, and modern twists, including a corned beef version dipped in pho broth, is no exception. Available for takeout or delivery via DoorDash and Postmates.
District 1 Saigon
This popular Redmond spot owned by influential chef Taylor Hoang offers two family meal deliveries per week (which breaks down to $35 per day for a family of two or $55 per day for a family of four). Items include tofu spring rolls, spicy lemongrass chicken, cognac black pepper beef, and more, with the option to add sides from the regular menu.
Ba Sa Restaurant
The modern Vietnamese restaurant on Bainbridge Island is now offering curbside pickup from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Items include its popular braised catfsih with fried garlic and bird’s eye chili, five spiced game hen, and $5 rice bowls, plus some wine and sake bottles to-go.
Ba Bar Restaurant
The modern Vietnamese restaurant is offering 20 percent off call-in ordering at its Capitol Hill location (the South Lake Union and U Village outposts are also open for takeout and delivery from 11am-8pm daily). Some of the entrees available include bun moc (pork sausages with tofu and vermicelli), garlic crab noodles, and lemongrass rockfish.
Occupying the same lot as Vietnam House, this International District restaurant has been a favorite for years, and offers curbside pickup daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (servers will bring food out to cars). Among the standout dishes are spicy, herb-seasoned clams served with pineapple anchovy sauce, and steamed prawn coconut rice cakes.
Dong Thap Noodles
Named for a Vietnamese province known for rice production, Dong Thap in Little Saigon turns rice into fresh noodles that form the foundation of the menu. Diners can order pho with a choice of two noodles — one is a wide, flat version that is quite traditional in pho but hard to find locally. Dishes available through contactless pickup or delivery via DoorDash.
Vietnam House Restaurant
This is a reliable International District restaurant for broken rice dishes, including one with a grilled pork chop, shrimp on sugar cane, deep-fried bean curd, and a fried egg. It’s offering takeout now from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and diners should look out for the bun mang vit (duck and bamboo vermicelli noodle soup), which has limited availability.
Pho Bac Súp Shop
Little Saigon’s iconic restaurant recently launched its first-ever delivery option, using a tricked out old parking enforcement vehicle. There’s also pho broth and some family meal deals on offer, one of which includes appetizers, bun bo hue, and the popular ube cheesecake from Hood Famous Bakeshop, with the option to add a bottle of wine for $20.
Hue Ky Mi Gia
This 12th and Jackson strip mall gem has built a following for its fried butter chicken wings; crusted with garlic, green onion, chili, and salt, available for takeout. The restaurant also recently received a $10,000 grant from the city of Seattle, so hopefully it’s sticking around awhile.
The barbecue pork sandwich at this International District spot is pretty solid, but perhaps the top reason to come is the “lunch box” of two entrees and a ton of rice for just a few bucks more. Beef stew, stuffed bitter melon, and coconut chicken are among the top picks for takeout.
Phở Số 1
In a city full of pho, Pho So 1 puts the word right in its name and succeeds in making the beef noodle soup shine. The No. 20 (rare beef, well-done flank, fatty flank, tendon, and tripe) is worth a try, with the option of adding meatballs for an extra dollar, available through takeout or delivery via Postmates.
Hương Bình Restaurant
Another standout at 12th and Jackson hits the mark with its intersection of quality and value. The grilled pork, perfectly caramelized, is a specialty, particularly as part of banh hoi thit nuong, where pork skewers accompany intricate bundles of thin rice noodles. All available for takeout.
Thanh Son Tofu
This International District place has some of the best tofu in town, with large blocks of firm tofu, containers of plain or sweet soy milk, and tofu pudding with ginger syrup. Though the self-serve buffet is no longer an option, there’s banh mi available for takeout.
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This Columbia City pool hall with a sports bar feel is usually a popular hangout, but is now solely a takeout kitchen serving up banh mi, bun (dry noodle bowls), and soups like bun bo hue, bun rieu (crabmeat with tofu and rice noodles), and bo kho (beef stew with noodles or bread).
One of many good Vietnamese restaurants near Othello Station, this place offers prepared products, entrée-and-rice boxes, and more, now for takeout only. Tony’s even bakes its own bread for banh mi. While the dac biet (house special) banh mi is popular, insiders order banh mi ca xa ot, with battered and fried catfish and a smear of garlic-chive aioli.
Rainier Restaurant and BBQ
Ever since Anthony Bourdain made a stop here for an episode of “The Layover,” Rainier BBQ has been known for its suppers that include meats like cobra, deer, and frog. Now, it’s focused on more classic Vietnamese fare, such as tamarind crab and grilled short ribs, available for takeout or delivery on DoorDash and Postmates. It’s also been serving food to local medical workers.
The sign outside this humble hole-in-the-wall says Bun Bo Hue, which is easily mistaken as the name of the restaurant — rather, it’s the signature dish and the one to order, with its gelatinous pork knuckle and earthy pork blood cakes. Available for takeout daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This White Center restaurant features Da Lat-style special noodle soups, including various versions of nam vang noodle soup and a Da Lat version of bun bo hue that contains beef brisket. Available for takeout daily until 9 p.m., an hour shorter than usual.