March 17, 2013

Buford Highway Eats: Quoc Houng, Pho Dai Loi #2, Crawfish Shack

I'll start with a confession. I've never spent time eating on Buford Highway. There, I feel better confessing to what is surely some kind of sin amongst foodies in the ATL. Buford Highway, that road with seemingly endless opportunities to try legit ethnic cuisine from a dizzying array of cultures and ethnicities. From Mexican, to Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and beyond. Finding it unbelievable that I as a Buford Highway-food virgin, my buddies the Buddha, and this guy, recently took me on the first of what will likely be many more adventures on Buford Highway.
First stop, Banh Mi at Quoc Huong Banh Mi and Fast Food.
The banh mi at Quoc Huong are ridiculously inexpensive; think $2.50 each. And if you buy 5, you get 1 free, which means you can get six of these buggers for around 12 bucks. Seems crazy, right? Oh, they are pretty damn good, too.
Pictured above is the roast pork, below is the special with pork, pate, and chicken. Great stuff.
Next up was Pho Dai Loi #2 for some Pho.

The rich broth, which is both sweet and salty, is the key here. I got #12, brisket and pork.
The pork spring rolls were  a good little starter.
Not quite done at this point, we had to run across the street for some crawfish from the Crawfish Shack. I wasn't too impressed with this stop.
We chose to get a pound fried, which takes time, I guess, as we waited nearly 25 minutes for our basket of crawfish and side of fried mac and cheese nuggets. Eh...Not a great ending to the afternoon, but two out of three isn't bad for a first run. I'm already gearing up for the next time.

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