Thursday, November 25, 2004


A note about Vietnamese: for the full-on Vietnamese experience, head down to Bolsa Ave. in Westminster. It's a long drive but you won't regret it for a second. While there, sample the freshly squeezed sugar cane drink, it's incredible.

Vietnam House
710 W. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel, (626) 282-6327
Don't be afraid of the legendary seven kinds of beef, it is a truly wonderful meal that is paced by the necessary assembly and constructed for leisurely enjoyment. It is also amazingly cheap at Vietnam House in San Gabriel. Good bun bo hue - Hue style rice noodle with pig foot - and cha gio/fried spring rolls, but banh xeo is a little too fat at expense of crispness.

11 E. Main St., Alhambra, (818) 289-0239
Best pho I have had in L.A.

Tay Ho
9629 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA Tel: (714) 839-1389
Amazingly delicate banh cuon, rice sheets wrapped around various fillings. Banh cuon dac biet is a delicious and varied assortment where the rice sheets enclose ground pork and mushrooms. Also has very good banh xeo/Vietnamese fried crepe.

Song Long Restaurant
9433 Bolsa Avenue, Westminster (714) 531-0792
Little Saigon beef noodle soup joint. The brown, thick long-cooked kind.

Brodard II
647 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, 626-281-1840
Alhambra Vietnamese where I had excellent banh xeo (pancakes), Hue style barbecue and broken rice.

Pho So 1
7231 Reseda Blvd - (818) 996-6515
Top quality pho in Reseda.

Saigon Sandwiches
828 N. Broadway, #1. Los Angeles. 213-625-8721 Chinatown
Banh mi and freshly squeezed cane juice. An excellent little shop.

Buu Dien
642 N BROADWAY (213) 617-8355 Chinatown
Little banh mi shop with high quality sandwiches. Combination as always is reliable.

Pho Hoa
818 N Spring St, Los Angeles, 213 485-0074. Chinatown
Good quality pho.

Pho 999
6411 Sepulveda Blvd - (818) 782-1999
Van Nuys close to Ranch 99 supermarket. Acceptable quality pho.

East West Sandwich
1116 Westwood Blvd
Banh mi in Westwood? Wonders never cease. Get your <$3 Vietnamese combo sammidge here and steer well clear of all other menu items.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brodard II is closed. Pho So 1 is the pho shop next to 99 Ranch at Victory and Sepulveda in Van Nuys -- Pho 999 is across the street, and also has a branch on Coldwater Canyon and Sherman Way in Thai Gulch.

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