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Banh's Cuisine

4.7

750 9th St
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 286-5073
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Photo of Sherri Burch Sherri Burch
Jun 12, 2019 5

Been going for a out 25 years; obviously awesome. Thx Bahn's.

Photo of Marek K Marek K
May 28, 2019 5

Good food, quick service. I wish they had a website, I could place order online and just pick it up.

Photo of Krista Ung Krista Ung
Mar 23, 2019 3

Not great but not horrible. The traditional Vietnamese dishes lack certain essential ingredients. The spring roll had one piece of basil and the "pho" had no herbs with it. The vegetable platter only came with fried tofu. The menu didn't have any descriptions so this came as a surprise. I typically think vegetables would come in a vegetable platter.

Photo of Corey Bagley Corey Bagley
Jun 12, 2019 5

Fresh veggies, great sauces and hot soup. Thumbs up! Love the salad roll too!

Photo of Caitlin McCoy Caitlin McCoy
Mar 25, 2019 5

Cash only place that has been amazing time and time again. It's a small menu but the egg rolls and lemon grass pork were out of this world. At first glance you might make some assumptions but the older woman who runs the front is nice and you can tell the food is homemade. I can't recommend this place enough.

Photo of Ewunike Patterson Ewunike Patterson
Mar 28, 2022 5

Go on Wed and Sat. Be sure to order from the specials menu. Rinse. Repeat. The food is flavorful and the prices are easy on the wallet. I ordered way more food than I could eat in one sitting just to be able to taste everything but I think I could've gotten away with a ordering half off what I got and I would've been satisfied.

Photo of Cory Flannery Cory Flannery
Feb 13, 2022 5

Incredible Moo Goo chicken! Will put this place into the weekly rotation! Ginger chicken was a fresh ginger sauce, quality is unreal.

Photo of Brendan Martens Brendan Martens
Feb 2, 2022 5

Fantastic American Chinese dishes. Serves Vietnamese specials on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The staff are helpful and friendly.

Photo of Rendon Foy (Rendon) Rendon Foy (Rendon)
Jan 26, 2022 5

Does Banh's need another 5-star review? No. We all know they're great! I guess just now that I live farther from Durham and don't get the chance to fight for a table on specials days as much anymore, I don't mind sharing!

Photo of Anya Gupta Anya Gupta
Dec 25, 2021 5

Wonderful staff and great vegetarian options! Probably my favorite place in Durham. Awesome prices for college kids!

Photo of Erik Landfried Erik Landfried
Dec 22, 2021 5

The best deal in Durham and the nicest owners you’ll ever find. One very important note: Always order off the Specials board, especially on Wednesdays and Saturdays when they serve more traditional Vietnamese dishes. I cannot stress this enough: order off the regular menu and you’ll be somewhat disappointed. Order off the Specials and you’ll be blown away.

Photo of SD Williams SD Williams
Dec 4, 2021 5

Banh's has been my go-to place for years. Great food. Great people. Seven stars!

Photo of Kristi Combs Kristi Combs
Dec 9, 2021 3

Just very bland. Seen good reviews, was hoping to get good food. My daughter got curry and you can see it’s got huge chucks of chicken, very little sauce, no spice. I got the moo goo gui pan, or something. Again bland. Nice array of veggies but very bland. Even the rice. Very disappointed.

Photo of Dulu Dala Dulu Dala
Nov 23, 2021 5

The sauce is very good! I highly recommend the chicken wings, and the broccoli does not taste like plastic (which means it’s very well cooked). They only have Vietnamese food on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The portion size is perfect too!

Photo of Jake Rudulph Jake Rudulph
Oct 27, 2021 5

Fantastic food every single time - I love arriving and trying a new special!

Photo of Barbara Ontiveros Barbara Ontiveros
Oct 15, 2021 5

We love the food of these little sisters. They are the healthiest and recommended in a great area.

Photo of Han Setiawan (Han) Han Setiawan (Han)
Sep 29, 2021 5

Great Chinese and Vietnamese food! (No Pho or Banh Mi though). Street parking (or across the street).

Photo of Indigo Lamb Indigo Lamb
Aug 20, 2021 5

This is a very simple straight forward place with the usual college favorites except two days a week they post their specialties and you can get a taste of some authentic flavors for a great price. They are cash only and a great little place for a bite to eat.

Photo of Dan Tran Dan Tran
Jul 6, 2021 5

I’ve been here since i was 16 (now 33), and the women here are hard working and personable. It’s a little gem, and a great representation of quality in their craft. They always give you enough to feel miserably full, and I hope more people check this place out! Spicy chicken wings are cheap for what you get!

Photo of Owen Dunne Owen Dunne
Jun 21, 2021 5

This is a really authentic place. Very small. Enjoyed it thoroughly …the women behind the count were sweet and helpful. The tofu with veggie pho was delicious -

Photo of Matt Brown Matt Brown
May 28, 2021 5

Bahn's has been a favorite since the early 90s. I literally came 90 miles out of the way while visiting family to eat here today, and it is still excellent. My favorite is the delicious kung pao chicken, although the ginger chicken is excellent when available. If you are a student at NCSSM or Duke, do not miss out on this excellently priced deliciousness.

Photo of Todd Allen Todd Allen
May 3, 2021 5

Food is prepared for you at time of order and is surprisingly good. I was honestly surprised by this place. We took a chance here because we saw locals doing a lot of takeout. We've had the sweet and sour chicken, sesame chicken, cabbage egg roll and kung pao chicken. The portions are large. Think of this place as a food cart in New York.

Photo of Patrick Ross Patrick Ross
Apr 3, 2021 5

Amazing food every single time! I wish I could give 10/5 stars

Photo of Gordon Wang Gordon Wang
Apr 3, 2021 5

Always good food at a good price. Plenty of hand sanitizer by the door. Tall plaxiglass shields the cashier and most of the counter. They even offer disposable gloves. Food has the same good quality as before. This is possibly the best Asian food around (oh, I am Asian)

Photo of Anna Lobastova Anna Lobastova
Feb 27, 2021 5

Can’t believe it took me so long to hear about/go here! The vegetarian specials are great and the portions are huge. I had the banh mi with tofu and eggplant, and my boyfriend had the black bean tofu plate. They apparently are only served Wednesdays and Saturdays but it’s worth a special trip! Owner is super nice too!

Photo of B Fadem B Fadem
Feb 17, 2021 5

The Vietnamese specials on Wednesdays and Saturdays are worth a special trip-- the vegetarian special (usually some form of crispy tofu with black bean sauce and sticky rice) is one of my favorite meals in the entire Triangle! Local, long-time standing, gem of a restaunt. Truly delicious, made to order, unique flavors. This is bare bones restaurant, so don't expect luxury or mahogany tables (fine by me.) CASH ONLY

Photo of Ruchi Patel Ruchi Patel
Feb 3, 2021 5

The vegetarian plate is one of those things that I come back for regularly. It's such a simple dish on the surface but the flavors are complex and comforting (not to mention filling!). It's a popular spot for sure.

Photo of Luke Blackburn Luke Blackburn
Jan 16, 2021 5

This is the hidden gem of Durham! Delicious food and a friendly staff. Show up on weekends and get the #1 special. It's amazing and crafted with love!

Photo of LittleTreeX LittleTreeX
Jan 20, 2021 5

I have been eating at Banh's for over a decade. In all that time, the 100+ of times I've surely been there, the food is always made to order fresh, delicious and consistent. I haven't been out much during the pandemic (only gotten takeout a very few times), and yesterday after not having been to Banh's in months we picked up some take out. The food tasted exactly as I remembered. The staff, which I'm pretty certain are mostly family members that own the place, are always friendly and just awesome. I love Banh's and I love them too. I am happy to know they are still open, and I hope they are able to continue to remain that way. These are good people sharing wonderful food. Dont take my word for it. Try it for yourself. Order off the handwritten menu, and everything will be just fine.

Photo of Bart Beefcake Bart Beefcake
Dec 21, 2020 5

Our Saturday regular eatery. The best!

Photo of Steph Ambroson Steph Ambroson
Dec 2, 2020 5

This place has the most amazing good. I absolutely love their menu and the dishes they serve. The owners and staff are so friendly, the place is very clean and they have nice outdoor seating (which helps with social distancing because of COVID). I would highly recommend this place.

Photo of Kristina Silberstein Kristina Silberstein
Nov 11, 2020 5

One of my happy places in Durham! My favorites here are the vegetarian bahn mi (has crispy tofu and eggplant, so good) and the tofu with black bean sauce. The owners are so welcoming and kind!

Photo of Priya Nakkiran Priya Nakkiran
Oct 24, 2020 5

Truly the best pho spot in town, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Being a vegetarian I had given up on finding tasty pho broth, but the Pho Chuy is everything I ever crave from pho. The tofu and veggies are always cooked perfectly as well, never soggy. Try it!

Photo of R B R B
Mar 4, 2020 5

I only leave reviews for places that are horrible or excellent. This place happens to be on the excellent end of the spectrum. I love food and I love eating at restaurants. Of all the places in the triangle to eat, the chicken and tofu with broccoli at this place has to be one of my favorite meals. I love it! Thanks for the great food!

Photo of Sherwyn Sanchez Sherwyn Sanchez
Sep 11, 2020 5

They cook your order very quickly and usually get you out the door with your food faster than they estimate.

Photo of Jonathan Kelley Jonathan Kelley
Jul 26, 2018 5

Amazing sweet and sour! Like donuts filled with chicken. Make sure to get the sticky rice if available (Wednesdays and Saturdays)

Photo of Sophie Feierman Sophie Feierman
Aug 24, 2020 5

If I could give Banh’s one hundred stars- I would. Banh’s is a durham staple that I have been going to since I was wee. The women there could not be nicer, I feel like they’re part of our family. The food is delicious- I’ve been getting mixed veggies and tofu almost every week since I first went there, and when I’m away at college, Banh’s is the first thing I miss.

Photo of Dino Mangano Dino Mangano
Jun 10, 2020 5

Amazing food at a bargain price. Banh's has been doing it right for decades. The Wednesday/Saturday specials are not to be missed. The tofu is the best I've ever eaten!

Photo of Jasmine Salters Jasmine Salters
Mar 1, 2020 5

Phenomenal vegetarian platter (Wed and Sat). Some of the best, most responsibly priced food in area. And excellent service. Quite rare.

Photo of R B R B
Mar 4, 2020 5

I only leave reviews for places that are horrible or excellent. This place happens to be on the excellent end of the spectrum. I love food and I love eating at restaurants. Of all the places in the triangle to eat, the chicken and tofu with broccoli at this place has to be one of my favorite meals. I love it! Thanks for the great food!

Photo of Kayla Judy Kayla Judy
Jan 31, 2020 5

Hole in the wall walk past with out looking kind of place. But trust me go in, the food is amazing at a good price. This isn’t one of those eat half your chicken because the rest is chewy kind of places, this is fresh made in their kitchen. BRING CASH

Photo of Hananiel Setiawan Hananiel Setiawan
Jan 1, 2020 5

Great Chinese and Vietnamese food! (No Pho or Banh Mi though). Street parking (or across the street). Cash only, no credit/debit cards.

Photo of Daniel Neil Daniel Neil
Jan 1, 2020 5

This is a Durham treasure. It’s simple and the food is handcrafted and excellent. The Number One on the Wednesday and Saturday Vietnamese Menu is a must have, also Number Six on Wednesday’s menu is fantastic. All of the 1 and 2 star ratings are almost exclusively from the young and clueless of life hipsters and Gen Z’ers attempting to infest the area. Pay them no attention.

Photo of Ashley Parandhamaia Ashley Parandhamaia
Dec 18, 2019 5

Real Vietnamese food run by incredible women!! You have to check this place out if you’re in Durham!

Photo of Henry Goodwin Henry Goodwin
Dec 11, 2019 5

Really good. Really cheap. Highly recommend.

Photo of J Huh J Huh
Dec 20, 2019 5

We had hot and sour soup, ginger chicken and sesame tofu and they tasted like 5 star dishes. They were actually out of the soup but the owner made us a fresh pot. The chicken was super tender, and the plentiful amount of fresh ginger and broccoli was exactly what we needed. It was a delicious and nutritious meal! (Thank you to the owner who made fresh soup for us).

Photo of Panther Pond Panther Pond
Nov 26, 2019 5

The best Asian food in nine st. Durham!

Photo of Joshua Nguyen Joshua Nguyen
Nov 2, 2019 5

Small shop but that just means the place is packed with authenticity and care. Order off of the specials menu, it's worth it.

Photo of Rashawn Henderson Rashawn Henderson
Sep 6, 2019 5

Everything was delicious wings was amazing just not spicy like I like but other then that will try them again.

Photo of Caroline Brodie Caroline Brodie
Aug 25, 2019 5

We absolutely LOVE this place!!! They are so kind and food is incredible! Definitely recommend

Photo of Tom ODwyer Tom ODwyer
Sep 15, 2019 5

Best deal on good food. I've been eating here for approximately 30 years. Classic, humble, cash only, food for the people. Saturdays and Tuesday? the women owners serve original Vietnamese food. Dont forget Cash only, affordable and unpretentious. Dont look for a sexy environment. It's very basic counter service and service station seating

Photo of Casey Collins Casey Collins
Aug 24, 2019 5

Best Vietnamese in Durham! Located in the bustling 9th St area, Banh's is an understated restaurant space with top-notch food, low prices and excellent customer service. Remember to bring cash--no credit cards accepted. I get to go from here a few times per month and occasionally eat at one of the outside tables if it's nice out. A great choice for a variety of people-- from foodies seeking authentic Vietnamese to college students look for a low-priced meal in a convenient location. Highly recommend!

Photo of Irena Huang Irena Huang
Jul 26, 2019 5

Great prices and great food. Very fast service

Photo of Pulkit Misra Pulkit Misra
Jul 10, 2019 5

Amazing Chinese/Vietnamese food. Have Vietnamese specials on Wednesdays and Fridays. I recommend the vegetable platter. This is the only place where I've seen a veggie dish being more popular than meat options, despite the meat options being delicious too!

Photo of Matthew Everhart Matthew Everhart
May 26, 2022 5

My favorite restaurant ever. I’ve been a loyal patron for ~2 decades, during which time the service, prices, and quality has remained excellent. The vegetarian plate (available Wednesday and Saturday) is especially exceptional.

Photo of Jeana Routh Jeana Routh
May 7, 2022 5

This place has always been great and now they accept credit and debit cards! Very exciting. Vegetarian pho was awesome.

Photo of Mac Haviland Mac Haviland
Dec 15, 2021 5

A 9th Street classic. Always good. Has been good since I was a kid.

Photo of Deborah Hughes Deborah Hughes
Apr 16, 2022 5

Fresh, delicious, generous. The proprietor and chef is a lovely person and always serves up quality food.

Photo of Andrew Stark Andrew Stark
Jun 14, 2022 5

A Durham institution! Go in Wednesday and Saturday where the menu expands to include more traditional Vietnamese fare. I love the fried tofu and veggie plate.

Photo of e e
Jun 9, 2022 5

so good and the prices are very reasonable. the portions are extremely good for the price. this is my new favorite place. ask what the specials are and order from there

Photo of Peg Pinkman Peg Pinkman
Jul 6, 2022 5

Always a good day to be at Bahn’s, especially Wednesdays and Saturdays. Ordered the vegetable plate and it tasted as good as it did the very first time I had it. Fresh vegetables and love the tofu and sauce and the sticky rice. Very generous portions and at a very reasonable price.

Photo of Bonnie Williams Bonnie Williams
Jul 16, 2022 5

This is absolutely one of the greatest places I've ever been. I never write reviews, but eating the banh mi here is a religious experience. They only sell them on Saturday and frequently sell out before 2pm because it is THAT GOOD. Locals to Durham come here all the time and so should you.

Photo of Ryder Sammons Ryder Sammons
Aug 7, 2022 5

The Vegetarian Plate on Wednesdays and Saturdays is incredible. Best Tofu I've had in my life! The iced tea was also fantastic!

Photo of Nguyen Nguyen Nguyen Nguyen
Aug 17, 2022 5

Authentic and tasty Vietnamese food at super affordable price! Some of them are served often in family meals in Vietnam. You will not find this type of cooking around the area.

Photo of melanie stokes melanie stokes
Aug 31, 2022 5

I’m absolutely obsessed with the entire experience here! The food is affordable and tastes phenomenal! The staff are sooo sweet! Has the family own vibe which I love! You will likely pay between $6 and $12 dollars for your entire meal! If I could I would give 6 stars!!

Photo of Enoch Sanchez Enoch Sanchez
Nov 20, 2021 5

Sheeeeehehehegehe! TWAS BUSSSSIN, NO KAPPA! I want whoever wrote a negative comment to not be woken up by their alarm clock, to step on a lego, and to eat overcooked broccoli because the FOOD, the SERVICE, the ATMOSPHERE were nothing short of EXCEPTIONAL. I feel blessed to have found Banhs cuisine, and I hope you’ll receive your blessing sometime soon…

Photo of Alicia B Alicia B
Aug 2, 2022 5

Beyond wonderful. A Durham institution. Everyone who passes through the city should eat here at least twice– once, to get the sesame chicken and once to try some of their Vietnamese specials (served on Wednesdays and Saturdays). The sesame chicken is so good. By so good, I mean a religious experience. They also do sesame tofu, if you're vegetarian. The sesame chicken is shatteringly crispy, super juicy, and flavored wonderfully. They don't list sesame chicken on the menu on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but if you ask, they'll make it (as long as they aren't too busy). It comes with carrots and broccoli stir-fried in the same sauce as the chicken and they're always cooked to perfection– tender with a crisp bite. The chicken itself is always large chunks of high quality chicken. The portions are generous as well– I always have left over sesame chicken. When I'm too lazy to transfer it to another container and microwave it, I'll eat it straight out of the fridge and it's still perfect and crispy. If you have to order only one Vietnamese item, I'd recommend the banh mi (only on Saturdays) or the hu tieu. Their noodle soups use the same broth, which is the type to cool to a jelly when you refrigerate the leftovers. Naturally, the gel texture indicates a wonderful, heartwarming broth. Of course, the hu tieu reheats wonderfully. It comes with ample toppings, like duck, ground pork, shrimp, caramelized onions (a wonderful touch), celery, scallions, and peanuts. Don't expect the meats to be the most succulent, tender, and high quality pieces, though I don't mind it at all. Even though it's a steaming bowl of noodle soup, it's perfect for all weather. There must be some sort of argument to make with fighting hot weather with hot foods, right? The banh mi is vegetarian and always served overflowing with tofu and eggplant. Be warned that they sell out by lunch! I understand that some people have an aversion to eggplant, but depending on what culture you're from, you probably haven't tried eggplant like this! The only downside is that they're hard to eat from being so generously stuffed. The includes shredded pickled carrots and sprigs of cilantro. The bread is perfect. The line does get pretty long when groups come in and all order sesame chicken, but the food comes out quickly. I think they only have three or four workers, but they're all very nice. 100% worth visiting.