I've had plenty of experience with bun bo hues in the past, but it's been a while since I've gone on a hunt to find the best. So I decided to take on the challenge and visit seven eateries around Houston to taste test each of their bun bo hues.

After tasting every one, I compiled my thoughts of my experiences with each into an article titled "Best Bun Bo Hue in Houston". I guarantee you will be tempted to try them all!

Huynh Restaurant

Huynh Restaurant
🗺️ 912 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003
☎️ 713-224-8964
🌐 Website
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 11 AM–3:30 PM
Monday: 5–9 PM
Tuesday: 11 AM–3:30 PM
Tuesday: 5–9 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–3:30 PM
Wednesday: 5–9 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–3:30 PM
Thursday: 5–9 PM
Friday: 11 AM–3:30 PM
Friday: 5–9 PM
Saturday: 11 AM–9 PM

I've had the pleasure of trying many types of bun bo hue, but Huynh Restaurant's version is by far the best I have ever tasted. The flavor is exquisite, with just enough spiciness to make it enjoyable. This combination of spices and flavors creates an unforgettable taste that leaves me wanting more!

The texture of the soup is perfect; it has a nice balance between smoothness and chewiness. The generous amount of fresh herbs like Thai basil and cilantro add brightness to the mix that really brings out what makes this dish so special.

The restaurant itself is charming, with friendly staff and an inviting atmosphere. The service was fast, even though there was a bit of a wait for our table. We appreciated that they took the time to explain each dish in detail before we ordered.

To top off my experience at Huynh Restaurant, I got to try their homemade shrimp chips - they were incredibly crunchy!

All in all, Huynh Restaurant serves up some of the best bun bo hue in Houston - definitely worth a visit if you're looking for an amazing Vietnamese meal!

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Thien An Sandwiches

Thien An Sandwiches
🗺️ 2611 San Jacinto St, Houston, TX 77004
☎️ 713-522-7007
🌐 Website
Sunday: 9 AM–6 PM
Monday: 9 AM–6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM–6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM–6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM–6 PM
Friday: 9 AM–6 PM
Saturday: Closed

I've eaten at Thien An Sandwiches several times and each time I have been met with the same excellent quality of their famous Bun Bo Hue. The broth is beefy, flavorful, and has the perfect amount of spice. Each dish is also served with generous amounts of pork and beef that are cooked just right. The noodles were also cooked perfectly to a firm yet tender texture.

Although it's not your traditional style bun bo hue, it's still definitely worth trying out! There's something special about this place that you won't find elsewhere - the atmosphere, the taste, or even just the service is top-notch!

I highly recommend Thien An Sandwiches for anyone looking for the best Bun Bo Hue in Houston.

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Kim Tai

Kim Tai
🗺️ 2602 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77002
☎️ 713-652-0644
Sunday: 11 AM–8 PM
Monday: 10:30 AM–8 PM
Tuesday: 10:30 AM–8 PM
Wednesday: 10:30 AM–8 PM
Thursday: 10:30 AM–8 PM
Friday: 10:30 AM–8 PM
Saturday: 11 AM–8 PM

I was absolutely amazed with the quality and variety of bun bo hues that Kim Tai offers. From their classic soup to more inventive options like spicy beef roll, they have something for everyone. The beef rolls are particularly impressive - succulent and tender.

The flavor of their soups were also amazing - packed with unique herbs, spices, and aromatics that had me wanting seconds! Not only do their soups hit all the right notes for anyone looking for an authentic bun bo hue experience, but the broth is protein-packed and hearty enough to fill you up after a long day of work.

Overall, I would highly recommend Kim Tai to anyone looking for the best bun bo hue in Houston. The flavor is unbeatable and the quality is exceptional!

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Cali Sandwich & Pho

Cali Sandwich & Pho
🗺️ 2900 Travis St, Houston, TX 77006
☎️ 713-520-0710
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 10 AM–8 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM–8 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM–8 PM
Thursday: 10 AM–8 PM
Friday: 10 AM–8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–8 PM

I've been to many places around town and have tried various types of bun bo hue, but nothing compares to the one at Cali Sandwich & Pho. The rich and flavorful broth is unlike anything I've ever had - it's so thick you can actually see bits of vegetables and meat in it! And the wide variety of toppings is perfect for creating your own unique flavor.

The overall atmosphere of the restaurant is also quite pleasant. The staff are friendly and helpful, while the decor is modern yet inviting. Plus, they always seem to be playing some kind of music that adds a nice ambiance.

Overall, I highly recommend Cali Sandwich & Pho if you're looking for the best bun bo hue in Houston! From its delicious flavors to its cozy atmosphere, this restaurant is sure to please.

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Pho Saigon

Pho Saigon
🗺️ 2808 Milam St D, Houston, TX 77006
☎️ 713-524-3734
🌐 Website
Sunday: 9 AM–8 PM
Monday: 9 AM–8 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM–8 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM–6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM–8 PM
Friday: 9 AM–8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM–8 PM

The broth was rich and flavorful, the herbs perfectly balanced. I especially appreciated the generous portions of pork, beef, and shrimp that made up the bowl.

The noodles were cooked to perfection - not too hard or too soft - which really added to the overall taste. The thinly cut pickled ginger and bean sprouts added a nice crunch as well!

Overall, Pho Saigon's bun bo hue is one of the best in Houston. If you're ever in search of authentic Vietnamese cuisine with a good kick, this is definitely your spot!

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Bun Bo Hue Duc Chuong 1 - Buba T-2

Bun Bo Hue Duc Chuong 1 - Buba T-2
🗺️ 11415 Bellaire Blvd suite k, Houston, TX 77072
☎️ 832-351-2622
Sunday: 8 AM–4 PM
Monday: 8 AM–4 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM–4 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM–4 PM
Thursday: 8 AM–4 PM
Friday: 8 AM–4 PM
Saturday: 8 AM–4 PM

The first thing I noticed was the fantastic flavor of the broth. It was flavorful, yet not overpowering - which is one of the hardest things to get just right. The large amount of lemongrass and shrimp paste made it taste like a traditional and authentic Vietnamese dish.

The next thing I noticed were the fresh ingredients used to make the dish. From the slices of pork belly to the thin slices of beef, they all tasted as if they had been prepared with utmost care and attention.

One thing that made this bun bo hue stand out from others was its generous portion size - you can easily share between 3 people with no issue!

Lastly, I would like to mention how affordable this dish was. This will come in handy for those who are on a budget but still looking for a delicious bun bo hue experience.

In conclusion, Bun Bo Hue Duc Chuong 1 - Buba T-2 offers an amazing combination of flavor, fresh ingredients, generous portion sizes and affordability making it one of my favorite places for bun bo hues in Houston!

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Mai's Restaurant

Mai's Restaurant
🗺️ 3403 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002
☎️ 713-520-5300
🌐 Website
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 11 AM–10 PM
Tuesday: 11 AM–10 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–10 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–10 PM
Friday: 11 AM–3 AM
Saturday: 11 AM–3 AM

I've been to Mai's twice and the flavor is simply outstanding. The broth is savory and well-balanced while the noodles are cooked just right. The spiciness of the soup pairs well with their selection of protein (beef, pork, and shrimp), making it one of the best places to enjoy a bowl of bun bo hue in Houston.

The atmosphere at Mai's is also great: it's friendly and relaxed. The staff is always accommodating, providing excellent customer service to every guest.

I'd definitely recommend trying out Mai's if you're ever craving bun bo hue in Houston - it's the best I've found yet!

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Jen Norman

Jen is a Houston born native with a knack for spotting the top restaurants and businesses in town. She loves to read and play with her 3 dogs - Charlie, Cheddar, and Cheezit