Tâm Deli & Cafe
8222 N. Lamar Ste. D-33, 512/834-6458
Serves authentic and exquisitely crafted Vietnamese noodle-house fare. Don't skip the shrimp-and-yam cakes or the cream puffs. The báhn mì rocks. Nice portions, good service, and low prices.
A group of local Buddhist nuns and volunteers are spreading their message of peace and love through vegan dishes like soy-caramel braised tofu and spicy lemongrass seitan.
2301 W. Parmer Lane, 512/696-1807
The beef- and chicken-based broths here are flavorful and rich. Try the Pho Tái Nam, featuring rare eye of round steak, well-cooked flank, and fatty brisket.
11220 N. Lamar Blvd., 512/837-7800
The broth here is terrific but meat-based, so this isn't a choice for vegetarians. Some of the greatest pho in town.
2521 Rutland #400, 512/339-6002