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Little Saigon

kittyfood Aug 22, 2006 10:33 PM

I'll be in the LA area for a couple of days and I'm meeting some friends tomorrow evening; we're planning to go to Little Saigon. None of us have been there for years and I know we'll find something good to eat no matter where we end up, but does anyone have any particular favorites?

Sarah C

  1. russkar Aug 23, 2006 04:42 AM

    Newport Seafood for House Special Lobster or a Live Alaskian Crab?

    1. Hershey Bomar Aug 23, 2006 04:08 AM

      Good question. One I've always meant to ask. I go to the Boiling Crab a lot for shrimp and crawfish but I'm always looking out for a good Vietnamese style French pastry shop for desert.

      Maybe someone can recommend a place for cream puffs?

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      1. re: Hershey Bomar
        chica Aug 23, 2006 04:32 AM

        I recommend buying the vanilla cream-filled frozen ones at TJ's. They come in a pack of about 20-30; pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds, and they're good to eat.

        1. re: Hershey Bomar
          xanderbear Sep 9, 2006 07:35 PM

          Have you been to Beard Papa's yet? They have an LA location are supposed to be really good! My last visit to LA I didnt find the time to get down there.

          Good luck!

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          Carl Aug 23, 2006 12:58 AM

          There are many restaurants in Little Saigon, but most of them are routine. The most with the most interesting menu imho is Thanh My on Bolsa.

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          1. re: Carl
            LT from LF Aug 23, 2006 05:04 AM

            However, if you're thinking you want some eel, call ahead. They're always out of it if you don't.

          2. Das Ubergeek Aug 22, 2006 11:04 PM

            Quan Hy (9727 Bolsa Ave.) is more upscale Vietnamese with great banh beo (rice cakes with shrimp) -- it's really Hue-style food which isn't so common.

            For banh mi (French sandwiches) go to Banh Mi Che Cali at Bolsa and Magnolia; send the most physically imposing person in to do the ordering -- they'll be noticed more quickly and served sooner, because there's not so much a line for the counter as a scrum.

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            1. re: Das Ubergeek
              Professor Salt Aug 23, 2006 04:14 AM

              Quan Hy, absolutely! One of my favorites. Brodard's a standby, Thanh My is usually solid, and either Seafood Cove or Newport Seafood for Viet / Chinese. See russkar's recent thread on Newport Seafood. Top Baguette, Banh Mi Che Cali or Banh Mi Cho Cu for Viet sandwiches.

              Pup and I grazed at several places today, a few of which really sucked (Dragon Phoenix for dim sum, and Pho Hoah below it - both absolute disasters for food and service). Goes to show there's plenty of tailings in a restaurant goldmine like Little Saigon.

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