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The beef noodle soup and lemongrass beef rolls at Pho Golden are excellent representatives of classic Vietnamese dishes, but it's the banh xeo that's just irreplaceable. Served at Pho Golden (3004 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls), it's a thick pancake made of coconut milk batter, golden and earthy with turmeric. Where American flapjacks might have blueberries or chocolate chip…

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Real-deal Asian food is an easy score in Amherst, thanks to the University at Buffalo’s large community of international students. But that hasn’t included the flavors of Vietnam and Thailand, until now. At first glance, Pho 54, a 50-seat restaurant off Sweet Home across from UB’s North Campus, seems to cater to typical American tastes: spring rolls, hot-and-sour soup, …

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With the opening of Pho Kim Chi Feb. 7, Lackawanna now has its own full-fledged Vietnamese restaurant. Formerly Daisies Cafe, the spacious rooms at 2711 South Park Ave. can seat more than 100, said owner William Mai. Mai is an experienced restaurateur, who last opened Pho Dollar, a Vietnamese restaurant on West Ferry Street, before selling it last year. His restau…

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A new Vietnamese restaurant has opened on Millersport Highway north of the University at Buffalo's Amherst campus. It's in the former Rocky's Indian spot in the plaza that already contains noted wing site Elmo's and a Burrito Bay outlet. Pho Cafe, 2351 Millersport Highway, Amherst, hasn't been open a month. When we stopped by for lunch on Saturday, we were the only custom…

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Saigon Café plans to bring an expanded menu of Vietnamese and Thai cuisine to the corner of Elmwood Avenue and West Utica Street. “As of right now we are shooting for Nov. 6 for an opening,” said manager Tri Lam. The restaurant moved from near Buffalo State College to the heart of the Elmwood Village, doubling its size and adding a full bar. It took over a high-visibilit…

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By Andrew Z. Galarneau If you didn't know that one of the greatest sandwiches on the planet is the banh mi of Vietnam, do not despair. Here's the best news: It's not too late to repair that gap in your eating experience, right here in Buffalo. The banh mi combines a crusty baguette-like roll, one reminder of the French colonial impact on Vietnamese cuisine, with a livel…