Good pho' in Marina Del Rey/Culver City area?
Hm, I know of *a* pho restaurant a bit north. I've never eaten there, but it serves pho and it smells like pho from the outside. It's on Santa Monica between Federal and Barrington I believe. On the same block as California Roll Factory. I forget what it's called, sorry.
A coworker summarized it as, "Overpriced, but about the only place near Culver City that has pho."
I think an average bowl of pho there is around $7.
I have been to this place. I think it is called Little Saigon, but I may be inventing that. They have good pho in a flavorful broth. I often go to Red Moon on National just E of Sawtelle, but only because it is more convenient for me. Their broth doesn't have enough flavor. They serve Vietnamese & Chinese food. I think their Chinese food is better. Nice and light and fresh maybe because of the vietnamese influence. But it's worth trying if it's close. There is also a place at Venice Beach called China Beach on the corner or Venice Blvd. & Pacific. I haven't had pho there ( I am assuming it is on the menu since it is a Vietnamese restaurant), but I have had some other things that have been pretty good. Those three are the only places I know of in the area.
In addition to the places others have mentioned, there's a place called Phoreign (groan when you get the pun) at 2123 Sawtelle (formerly Hanoi Cafe across the street) It's serviceable, not great. I think it's on a par with Le Saigon on Santa Monica and Pho 99 - which is to say that they're ok if you're desperate for a local pho fix - with Red Moon and China Beach a step below.
re: Miss En Place
Oh! I remember going to that place now. Yeah, it's not that great. They say they're serving pho, but it's like pho without a soul. The broth tasted salty and watery and not very flavorful.
On the plus side, they do serve vegetarian pho if you ever need to dine with the veggie folk.
I think everything mentioned are all of the pho options available on the Westside. In terms of taste I'd rank them as the following:
1. Le Saigon (not Little Saigon) - fresh and tasty, but broth is not very complex; overpriced and cash only
2. China Beach - very sparse on accompaniments and a rather small portion
3. Pho 99 - not bad but kind of "conveyer-belt" pho if that makes sense
Red Moon and Phoreign I think are the worst of the bunch and I wouldn't go there. If you're willing tolerate the 405 freeway, you've got Pho 999 and Pho So 1 over in Van Nuys which are both very good.
I like Pho So 1 for dinner/weekends, but it's too far to go during my 1 hr lunch break. I don't think I've ever had the pho there, though. I usually order the bun or mien.
6450 Sepulveda Blvd. #C & D
Van Nuys, CA 91411
7231 Reseda Blvd
Reseda, CA 91335