In search of a new favorite Southeast Asian spot?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Southeast Asian restaurants around Boston, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fill the bill.
1. Pho Viet's
Topping the list is Pho Viet's. Located at 1095 Commonwealth Ave. in Allston, the Vietnamese spot is the highest-rated inexpensive Southeast Asian restaurant in Boston, boasting four stars out of 434 reviews on Yelp.
If you're hungry for more, we found these details about Pho Viet's.
"Family owned and operated, Pho Viet's offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine with generous portions and affordable prices," the business states in the history section of its Yelp profile.
Furthermore, we found this about the business's signature items: "Pho Viet's is a family-run, authentic, award-winning Vietnamese restaurant serving your favorite pho, banh mi, rice plates, vermicelli, smoothies, vegetarian dishes and more," it states on Yelp in the section explaining specialties.
2. New Saigon Sandwich
Next up is Chinatown's New Saigon Sandwich, situated at 696 Washington St. (between Lagrange and Stuart streets). With four stars out of 432 reviews on Yelp, the deli and Vietnamese spot, serving sandwiches and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a budget-friendly option.
Yelper Vi L., who reviewed New Saigon Sandwich on Aug. 26, wrote, "This place has pretty solid banh mi at reasonable prices. It's a small shop so it's best that you order to go."
Yelper Andy L. wrote, "If you are looking for a quick, tasty bite, I would highly recommend New Saigon Sandwich. As other reviewers have noted, this is a no-frills, all-cash shop located in the center of Chinatown."
3. Banh Mi Ba Le
North Dorchester's Banh Mi Ba Le, located at 1052 Dorchester Ave. (between St. William and Pearl streets), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the budget-friendly Vietnamese spot, which offers sandwiches and more, four stars out of 356 reviews.
The site can tell you a thing or two more about Banh Mi Ba Le.
"Best in the area French-influenced Vietnamese bakery," it states on Yelp in the section about specialties. "We have all the traditional Vietnamese dishes with homemade recipes passed down for decades. Baked fresh daily baguettes filled with your choice of Vietnamese meats, fresh veggies and all the toppings including our very own special sauces."
4. Saigon Hut
Saigon Hut, a Vietnamese spot in East Boston, is another inexpensive go-to, with four stars out of 164 Yelp reviews. Head over to 305 Meridian St. (between Trenton and Princeton streets) to see for yourself.
Yelper Tim B., who reviewed Saigon Hut on July 8, wrote, "We wanted pho for dinner and Saigon Hut didn't disappoint. It's a small neighborhood joint and the owner was working the tables. She was incredibly friendly and accommodating. The food was fantastic as well - at the price you'd be hard-pressed to beat it."
5. Pho 2000
Over in South Dorchester, check out Pho 2000, which has earned four stars out of 158 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the Vietnamese spot by heading over to 198 Adams St. (between Arcadia Street and Dorchester Avenue).
Yelper Cira B., who reviewed Pho 2000 on July 16 wrote, "While I haven't tried much of their extensive menu, I still feel compelled to review this place due to their excellent pho and fresh rolls. Both may be the best I've had in the Boston area."
Yelper Sarish B. wrote, "The chicken wings were just okay, nothing spectacular. While the pho was well worth the wait. Perfect soup for a rainy day in Boston."