Amazing Pho in LA?
I've tried the pho at Pho Cafe, Indochine Vien, and Gingergrass and am not impressed with any. The broth is not as rich or flavorful as some of the Pho I've had on the East Coast. (Namely Pho Pasteur in Boston - yum!). Any suggestions?
My current favorite is Pho So 1 in Van Nuys, at Sepulveda and Victory.
I haven't been to the restaurants you name, but their names strike me as somewhat catering more to a Western clientele, or trying for a more upscale vibe. Maybe I'm jumping to conclusions here, but that's just my initial take.
Try instead Pho 99 in Chinatown. There's another one in West LA on Wilshire.
I haven't been to the one in Chinatown, but 'hounds here rave about it. I don't think the West LA branch holds up against Pho So 1.
For comparison purposes, there's a Pho 999 across the street from Pho So 1.
Or go to Orange County, to Little Saigon in Westminster.
There's a Pho Pasteur on Valley Blvd in Rosemead that has good reviews and is always packed. I don't know if it's associated with the one in Boston.
Pho Cafe, Gingergrass, etc. are more watered-down/trendy style Viet
For much more authentic, I tried the tiny Thien Hong in Chinatown recently and had excellent phở dac biet with a nicely flavorful and rich broth. They have good handmade nem too. Definitely a better broth than Phở 97 down the hall in the same shopping plaza.
727 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Golden Deli (or if it's too crowded then Vietnam House across the street).
*The pho dac biet at Vietnam House can't be beat.
815 West Las Tunas Dr.
710 West Las Tunas Dr.