Houston >Bodard Bistro
“The crispy crepe "banh xeo" filled with bean sprouts, pork and shrimp looks and tastes great.”
“The staff is friendly, the place is clean, and it even has a waterfall in it.”
Best spring rolls in Houston.
Bodard Bistro started in Orange County, California where it is called Brodard. One of the family members came to Houston and for whatever reason - call it originality - dropped one of the "R's" and changed the name to Bodard.
As with many Vietnamese restaurants, Bodard tries to do a lot and offer a little bit of everything. But the most popular and consistently best dish of the house is the "nem cuon" - spring rolls with pork sausage with secret recipe house special sauce. The "nem cuon" come in an order of 4, which is a good portion for lunch (you can get them to-go as well). The pho is decent, nothing to rave about. The crispy crepe "banh xeo" filled with bean sprouts, pork and shrimp looks and tastes great. My friends often come here in the evening and order the family meal (a pre-set menu for several people at a fixed price). But for me, it's all about the spring rolls.
Best Nem Nuong rolls in town.
You go to Bodard for one reason... the Nem Nuong rolls... almost no one else in town makes them as good as Bodard does... and that dipping sauce... OMG.
Everything else on their menu is standard fare for vietnamese food in Houston... but the nem nuong is what makes people keep coming back.
Spring Rolls Galore. We've been coming to Bodard since I was in college - and it's never failed to be quick and good. The springrolls are some of the best that I've had in Houston and the pork that they use is so amazing - it's a great burst of flavor and a heck of a lot of fun. During lunch, it's usually pretty easy to get a table, but weekends and night time the place is usually very busy - I definitely recommend it!
Vietnamese and Chinese Fusion. Carefully tucked away in the corner of an Asian Food store parking lot, it is a place that someone will have to bring you to the first time you go. With pre-recorded Vietnamese karaoke playing in the background, diners are surrounded by neon signs and the smell of warm bowls of Pho coming out of the kitchen. The staff is friendly, the place is clean, and it even has a waterfall in it. With the newly redesigned menus, finding and ordering what you want is a lot simpler. Offering a wide variety of both Chinese and Vietnamese entrees and appetizers, they also serve freshly prepared Vietnamese sandwiches. While popular, the waiting times if any are negligible and waiters quickly seat arriving guests. One great thing about this restaurant is that the faster you order the faster you food comes so If you know what you want, tell them when you come in and it will be out before you get situated at your table. Just a quick tip for how to get your money's worth for Pho: Order a small bowl and ask for extra noodles (it's only 50 cents more) rather than order a large for $2 more. A nice tip that I got from my friend, that hopefully will have you leaving both full and satisfied.
Perennially crowded Vietnamese restaurant in the Asian-dominated Diho Square for pho and noodle dishes..
Cheerfully decorated with plenty of neon and a kitchy rock waterfall on one rust-colored wall, the tables and booths are generally packed with loyal Asian clientele. The authentic menu focuses on the lunch favorite pho, mi (a curly egg noodle soup with pork-and-shrimp broth) and noodle dishes like the stir-fried flat rice noodles and vermicelli. Popular menu staples also include the Vietnamese sandwiches, or banh mi, with barbecue pork or chicken.
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