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Nov 2, 2006 10:48 PM

Vietnamese Restaurants in/around Hollywood

I would love to hear any suggestions about great Vietnamese spots in the Hollywood/KTown/Wilshire areas (if there are any). Anyone?

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  1. Not too much in this area except a few pho places in Koreatown -- I've heard good things about Pho 2000 and Pho 4000. Otherwise there's a few Vietnamese places around Silverlake and Absolutely Phobulous on La Cienega.

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      Not too much? Really? I drive down Western, Wilshire and 8th all the time and always draw a chuckle when I see Vietnamese noodle houses in K-Town.

      No, I don't have any particular recommendations (my favorite pho places are in the SFV and Westminster) but it isn't for lack of them in the area.

      1. re: SauceSupreme

        There do seem to be a lot of noodle houses catering to Koreans, but since I haven't heard about any good bahn mi or anyplace with a wider Vietnamese menu outside of the places listed in this thread, it still seems rather limited to me, especially outside of Koreatown.

        1. re: SauceSupreme

          i would stay away from pho in ktown as much as possible. with the exception of a couple (4000 and one other i think) they're all korean-owned and koreanized. not that that's a bad thing, but it's not pho, with bland soup, less fixins, and just an overall sort of not-goodness.

          1. re: rameniac

            I agree. Went to Pho 4000, and it was servicable at best. Mostly broth, not much to it at all. If that's the best that KTown has to offer (and I've heard that it's the case), then it looks like I'll have to make a serious time commitment to go anywhere good.

            But hey, it beats hopping on the freeway, as I live near 3rd and Fairfax. So if I just need a quick fix, Pho 4000 isn't a bad option.

        1. re: JBC

          That place looks/sounds great...anyone know any more about?

          1. re: Ciao Bob

            i LOVE michelia...really surprised it doesn't get more attention. the owners are so nice, and the food is really delicious. i loved the potstickers and the lamb dumplings. for dishes, the salt and pepper filet is fantastic, as is the chicken stir fry (lightly breaded, with peppers and a sweet sauce- forget the name). additionally, the wine list is very reasonably priced.

            1. re: ckbear

              Michelia is wonderful. While all of the dishes are prepared with skill and love, among my particular favorite are the pepper mignons and the new mini-burgers. The aforementioned potstickers are yummy, and the noodles are light and flavorful. Chef-owner Kimmy Tang is an absolutely sweetheart. What many people don't know about Michelia is they have probably the best lunch deal in LA: what other restaurant of this quality offers a cup of soup, small salad and appetizer, main course and dessert for $8.95? Each of the more than half-dozen "lunch special" selections (for example, sweet chili sauce) comes with a choice of chicken, fish, shrimp or vegan-style. And all of this in a very comfy dining room with high-backed, cushy chairs.

          2. re: JBC

            just peeped the menu for this place. looks interesting but i can see why it's under the radar. two words:

            NO PHO!

            1. re: JBC

              Finally went there and oh my goodness, had such a fantastic meal. It's funny, Michelia generally doesn't have good reviews here on Chowhound but I absolutely loved it. Everything tasted very fresh, the flavors shined...I would recommend to anyone. Thanks for the suggestion.

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              1. gingergrass and pho cafe in silverlake.

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                1. re: rameniac

                  pho cafe in silverlake is about the worst I"ve had. I've tried it several times. It's close and I wish It was good, but it's not. poor service and worse food. Gingergrass is VERY americanized.

                  1. re: rednyellow

                    pho cafe is right down the street from me, and while it's pretty gnarly, at least it's fairly authentic. (right down to the ugly discount plates they use.)

                    gingergrass is totally gentrified and the pho is awful, but authenticity aside, their "summer" and "gingergrass" rolls are supreme!

                2. Gingergrass in Silver Lake is pretty good. The food is a little Americanized, on purpose (one gets the feeling), but it manages to stay faithful to Vietnamese flavors and textures.