Edible vietnamese without going to the 'burbs?
I admit I haven't gone through all of the archives on this one, but a brief scan reveals that there haven't been many suggestions here for good Vietnamese restaurants outside of the Westminster/San Gabriel/Rosemead direction. Does anyone know of anything good that's more central (hollywood, downtown, west side, etc)? (The 2-3 places I've tried in Chinatown have been quite weak in my view; I can't remember their names but they are listed in Jonathan Gold's book. I have also tried a couple in K-town without success.) Personally, I am more into the non-pho side of Vietnamese food (e.g., the "bun" noodle bowls). Seems like an odd culinary gap.
I recommend Pho So #1, if you're ever in the Reseda/Van Nuys area. They have quite an extensive menu. The original store is on Reseda Blvd., just north of Sherman Way on the west side of the street, and the other is on Sepulveda at Victory Blvd., next door to 99 Ranch Market. If you don't trust my taste, Cybil Shepard and her daughter have been seen more than twice eating at the original Pho So #1.
Hi! Yes, there is a place. I haven't ever seen anybody (except my bf) second my view here, but I personally love Le Saigon. Very simple little place on SM between Federal & Barrington.
They have about 5 things on the menu, one of which is bun. You can get it several ways, pork, shrimp, imperial rolls . . . simple stuff.
Their food is always very fresh and tasty. I'm no expert at Vietnamese food, so I wouldn't know if this is authentic or not, but it is always good.
There's another place on Wilshire upstairs from Baja Buds (near Barrington-ish). That place was bigger and had more selection, but the fresh taste just wasn't there.
That's just my 2 cents.