Nam Phuong

This Philadelphia import is much more complex than the average Vietnamese restaurant but is still inexpensive enough for dining on a budget. For something fun and novel, try the house specialty, Ba Vi, which translates as Three Delights. It consists of a platter of stuffed grape leaves, pork strips (a cross between meatballs and sausage), shrimp grilled on sugarcane skewers, vermicelli, and herbs, with a stack of rice paper for wrapping. The Norcross restaurant is located at the latest epicenter of Vietnamese culture, in the same shopping complex as Hong Kong Supermarket. A second outpost opened in 2011 on Buford Highway with a smaller menu but the same level of sophistication.
5495 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross, 770-409-8686; 4051 Buford Highway, 404-633-2400,