Red Moon Cafe - National Blvd.
Just went to this place for lunch, had the pho, which was not especially terrific.
Any dishes that people recommend here? I noticed there were also Chinese items on the menu. Hope it's worth another try, it's in my neighborhood.
Lived one block away from this place for several years, so I've eaten there dozens of times, mostly back when it was known as Young's Cafe. It's not the tastiest or most authentic place around, but not bad at all for a cheap, convenient neighborhood joint. I don't recall ever having a bad meal there.
I remember liking the lemongrass chicken, garlic chicken and satay-flavored stir fries for lunch (cheap specials...heavy on the veggies). The cha gio, as DU mentioned, were pretty good. The bun cha is decent (hard to screw that up)...I think they had a dish called the Super Bowl, which was bun noodles with a bit of everything. My wife really liked the sesame chicken -- very sweet candy-like chicken (she has a sweet tooth) -- and the grilled pork on rice (very simple).
The service seems to have slipped a little bit since it changed from Young's Cafe to Red Moon, but it's not like it tries to be a four-star joint.
The LA Times had a positive review of Red Moon a few years back. I'm sure they have it posted at the restaurant. You could check that for some more guidance.
IMHO, it's decent rather than spectacular. Moderate your expectations, and you'll have a solid neighborhood standby.