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“The best Vietnamese food I have ever had”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Banh's Cuisine

Banh's Cuisine
Ranked #161 of 763 Restaurants in Durham
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese, Chinese
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Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout
Durham, North Carolina
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175 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
“The best Vietnamese food I have ever had”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

It's noisy and crowded and often with long lines, but this tiny humble family-run shop on NInth Street has been in business for decades and does Vietnamese food monumentally well. Dishes are made fresh when you order. Prices are nominal. I suggest take-away food, as it is often very hard to find a seat at this small venue. The soup entrees are wonderful.

  • Visited July 2013
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Durham
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Freshly made to order-inexpensive, yummy food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2013

Bahn's is a long-time Durham institution. This family-run restaurant uses fresh vegetables and will cook up your food while you wait. I love the ginger tofu (or chicken) it's loaded with fresh ginger. Orders are placed at a counter and food then delivered to your table. As others have said it's good value re: portion size to cost ratio. All dishes/silverware/cups are disposable. Be advised they only accept cash. They serve Vietnamese specials on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Food can be prepared to go. The space is clean and simply decorated, The walls are adorned with a local artist's (and regular Bahn's patron) paper cuts of animals celebrating the Chinese New Year. There is also have a small outside sitting area. Family friendly and you can order half orders with smaller portions for children.

  • Visited January 2013
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Blowing Rock, NC
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“Very disappointing”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2012

Visited after reading some strong reviews. Granted, we did not go on a Wednesday or Saturday, so there were not a lot of Vietnamese choices, but the curried chicken and the sesame chicken were downright terrible. On the other hand, the Imperial roll was quite tasty. I'd try it again on a Wednesday or Saturday if I am in the area, simply because it's so inexpensive and the reviews of the traditional menus are so good; but I don't have high expectations.

  • Visited May 2012
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Durham, North Carolina
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“fabulous sesame chicken”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2010

Got there early'ish, which was great - completely full by 8. Food came out in a reasonable amount of time. My husband's kung pao chicken was decent, but I had the special sesame chicken and it was delicious. Both of us had doggy bags! Prices are very reasonable. We want to come back on a wednesday or saturday when they have vietnamese food!

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“Banh's is the best cheap...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2009

Banh's is the best cheap food in Durham. Super friendly owners, no frills.

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