San Antonio's 5 favorite spots to find cheap Vietnamese food

Pho Plus. | Photo: Roshi M./Yelp
Pho Plus. | Photo: Roshi M./Yelp

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Vietnamese fare?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Vietnamese restaurants around San Antonio, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to satisfy your cravings.

1. Taste Of Asia

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Topping the list is Taste of Asia. Located at 300 W. Bitters Road, Suite 115 and 120, the Vietnamese and Chinese spot is the highest-rated budget-friendly Vietnamese restaurant in San Antonio, boasting four stars out of 374 reviews on Yelp. 

Cost-conscious consumers may opt for the lunch specials, which include fried rice, an egg roll and a choice of chicken, beef, shrimp or pork. Noodle soup without meat is another option.

Yelper Marta D., who reviewed Taste of Asia on July 5, wrote, "We enjoyed a dinner here two nights ago. Saw a throwback to my childhood in the form of a PuPu Platter, so I had to introduce my children to it."

And Stephanie B. wrote, "My hubby loves to go here for their egg fo yung and I love their spring rolls which are always fresh and crispy. The food is great and the servers are nice as well."

2. Pho Ha Long

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Next up is Thunderbird Hills's Pho Ha Long, situated at 6424 N.W. Loop 410, Suite 104. With four stars out of 369 reviews on Yelp, the Vietnamese spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a low-priced option.

If you're hungry for more, we found these details about Pho Ha Long.

"Pho Ha Long is based on the style of food originated from the Northern region of Vietnam, the Ha Long Bay," per the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "We wanted to share the knowledge of our most favorable Pho Bowl [with] San Antonio."

As to what the business is known for, "We specialize in the iconic food of Vietnam, which is Pho; every item in our menu will be as authentic as possible," it notes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "Our goal is to provide the utmost credited style of Vietnamese food and to provide a true taste of traditional Vietnamese cuisine."

Cheap eats on the menu here include 17 different signature pho options, along with pork broth, spring rolls, rice plates and vermicelli bowls. 

3. Pho Thien An

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Shearer Hills - Ridgeview's Pho Thien An, located at 126 W. Rector St., Suite 108, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the budget-friendly Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai spot four stars out of 240 reviews.

The site has lots more information about Pho Thien An.

 "A family-owned and operated business," it states on Yelp. "Vietnamese and Chinese dishes that will guarantee to make you full. We know Asian food, come and enjoy with great quality food!"

On the menu, cheap options include the Banh mi sandwiches (pork, chicken, egg, steak or shrimp) or the steak noodle soup, as well as the eggplant tofu entree. (Find the full menu here.)

4. Pho Hong Phat

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Pho Hong Phat, a Vietnamese spot, is another inexpensive go-to, with four stars out of 214 Yelp reviews. Head over to 6180 Wurzbach Road to see for yourself. 

There are large bowls of pho, fried and steamed rice plates, vermicelli bowls and stir-fried noodle dishes.

Yelper Brandon A., who reviewed Pho Hong Phat on Aug. 23, wrote, "Love Pho Hong Phat! This Vietnamese restaurant has been here for a while now... The prices for pho are definitely affordable compared to other places I've been to."

Erica K. wrote, "A solid Vietnamese joint in the med center area! Coming from Houston, where there is an abundance of awesome Vietnamese food, I was searching for something that reminded me of the same vibe — comforting Vietnamese food that is delicious and authentic — this place definitely delivers."

5. Pho Plus

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Over in Wilshire, check out Pho Plus, which has earned four stars out of 172 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the Vietnamese spot, which offers juices and smoothies and shaved ice, by heading over to 1550 Austin Highway, Suite 103. 

Pho Plus has lots of budget-friendly options like pho with rare round steak, banh mi sandwiches and stir-fried pork. The spot also offers affordable slushies, smoothies and milk tea with lots of flavor and topping options.

Yelper Jean M., who reviewed Pho Plus on Oct. 20 wrote, "We were in the neighborhood for the first time and came in for bubble tea. The fruit one is just a little sweet for me. Family-run place. Clean. Great and friendly service."

And Katina J. wrote, "Always fresh, delicious ingredients. Service is fast and friendly and I've never had a bad meal here. The vermicelli bowls are to die for!"

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