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Tay Ho Is a Vietnamese Treasure in Oakland Chinatown
With cocktails, a fresh aesthetic, and a focus on unusual regional dishes, the family-run restaurant stands out from the pack.
By Janelle Bitker
Let's set the record straight: Tay Ho is not the same as Banh Cuon Tay Ho. This is understandably confusing. The Oakland Chinatown restaurant Tay Ho was once a location of Banh Cuon Tay Ho, the California Vietnamese restaurant chain. But in 2010, Denise Huynh bought the restaurant from her aunt and started doing things her way. Oakland's Banh Cuon Tay Ho had a decent customer base though, which Huynh didn't want to lose, so she only changed the name slightly, removing the words "Banh Cuon" but keeping the signature dish on the menu.
Tay Ho has a full bar and is verging on hipster - a bike hangs from the ceiling - yet it is still the type of place that people bring their grandma...
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This stylish Chinatown restaurant serves Vietnamese-inspired cocktails alongside its traditional Vietnamese eats. The menu draws from all over the country, but diners should pay special attention to dishes from central Vietnam and the Mekong Delta regions. Bánh bột lọc (chewy Hue-style dumplings) are delightful, as are the Mekong turmeric cakes, fried turmeric catfish, and fish curry. Northern Vietnamese bánh cuốn — delicate rice noodle rolls — are also a specialty. Read more>
Oakland has many Vietnamese restaurants, but none like Tay Ho.
For starters, the chic Chinatown restaurant is a mom-and-daughter affair: “The menu really reflects what we eat at home and what I ate growing up,” says owner Denise Huynh. Mama Ho (aka Chef Anna)
Among the future tenants are Brown Sugar Kitchen Counter, a branch of Tanya Holland’s growing soul food emporium similar to what’s coming to the SF Ferry Building; A16 Pizzeria, presumably a pie-focused version of the Italian favorite; Tay Ho Oakland, the second location for the Chinatown Vietnamese restaurant...Read more>
There's no place like Oakland with
Bravo Top Chef Tu David Phu
344 12th street Suite B Oakland CA 94607 US
Take Out Only Menu
TUE-SAT / 11:00AM—7:00PM
SUN - Closed
Downtown's 'Tay Ho Restaurant & Bar' Is
'As Authentic As We Can Be'
344 12th St., Oakland, CA
When it comes to serving Vietnamese cuisine, "we try to be as authentic as we can be," said Denise Huynh, owner of Downtown's Tay Ho Restaurant & Bar.
In addition to standbys like phở and noodle and rice bowls, house specialities include banh cuon, a savory rice noodle stuffed with ground pork and mushroom. Rolled by hand fresh daily, they usually run out long before closing time.
Tay Ho's menu is rounded out by a full bar that offers a lineup of traditional and house cocktails infused with Asian flavors, along with beer, wine and Vietnamese-style hot and iced coffees.