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so i'm debating where to eat dinner with my family on sunday, which is my last night before i go back to NY I've been debating between vietnamese and japanese, but leaning toward viet b/c ive sort of been on a viet kick whenever im home from NY, i've been trying to learn more about viet food b/c im starting to really like it and b/c ive had some very meals there lately (just had an awesome meal at pho tau bay, which ill write a post about soon; newport seafood, vien dong etc)

so any recs would be helpful, i was thinking about the following (but if someone has a better idea, more than willing to hear it)
- favori - im pretty interested in trying the catfish (if another place has a better catfish, more than willing to go there)
- brodard - ive been meaning to go here for a long time, but still havent had a chance to go (again if someone has a better place for nem nuong happy to hear it)

but really any great viet place, im happy to hear about. thanks.

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  1. Favori is an old stand-by...

    Brodard is a younger stand-by, more casual than Favori. You can't beat them for nem nuong... it's the standard.

    Don't know if you've been to S Vietnamese Fine Dining in the Westminster Mall area... pretty good, but "ordering right" is part of the trick. Nice atmosphere.

    1. May I suggest Xanh? It's like S Vietnamese Fine Dining, but (I think) better and without the need to know what to order. Some guidance, though: fish is excellent at Xanh. So is the crispy rice small plate.

      Other suggestions: Quan Hy, Quan Minh Ky, Pagolac (for bo bay mon, or seven courses of beef), Thien An for same.

      1. I think Quan Hy or Quan Hop are both good places to take the family. Quan Hy specializes in Hue-style food, which is one of my favorites. Brodard is great for the spring rolls.

        How about some Broken Rice plates? There is a really good place on Harbor Blvd. called Com Tam Tran Quy Cap that has really good Rice Plates and it is really hard to spend more than $10 per person.

        Com Tam Tran Quy Cap
        16175 Harbor Blvd.
        Fountain Valley, CA
        714-418-1333

        I would also recommend taking them for some Vietnamese coffee. If you go to Quan Hop, you can take them to the Coffee Factory in the same plaza.

        If you go to Quan Hy, you can take them to buy some beef jerky at the King of Beef Jerky! It's in the same plaza.

        Xanh Bistro is good but it really depends on what you order.

        If you really want to throw a monkey wrench in the whole "taking the family for Vietnamese" idea, take them to the Boiling Crab on Euclid. That place has good Crawfish, but is a barrel of fun to eat there.

        1. Depending on what you want, I totally agree w/ Quan Hy and Brodards and Favori. S is much more expensive and not better then those mentioned above. In the same vein as broken rice, is the crispy rice hot pots at Luc Dinh Ky...their Bo Luc Lac (shaken beef) is one of the best and the crispy rice is awesome. Quan Vy Da is also good for central vietnamese food (hue), similar to Quan Hy.

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          1. re: hppzz

            I would agree with most of the restaurants mentioned above as being good recommendations. But, it really depends what you are looking for. Are you looking for a bit of atmosphere? Or is it really all about the food?

            If you are looking for a bit of atmosphere I would definitely not consider Com Tam Tran Qui Cap or Luc Dinh Ky. These are great restaurants, just lacking in ambiance.

            I would agree with Quan Hy good food and nice atmosphere. Xanh is also a good recommendation as it is very clean and quiet with solid food. Brodard is excellent for the cuon nem nuong and nice atmosphere but can get loud and crowded in there. If you haven't been to Brodard at least go once before you go back to NY. You must get the Cuon Nem Nuong. Favori has excellent catfish and a kind of dimly lit French restaurant kind of style to it.

            Someone mention 7 courses of beef. If you haven't tried it then this is a must someday as well. You can come out quite smelly though because of the cook your own meat courses. So I don't know if this would work with your family or not.

            It really all depends on what you are looking for. Hope these posts helped you out.

            1. re: Tony

              wow thanks for all the recs

              in terms of atmosphere, i dont really care and they dont care (i dont think asian people care as much about atmosphere if the food is really good). although i was hoping to go somewhere that we can share and i like specialist restaurants usually that make one thing really good

              ive done the 7 course beef once a long time ago and i want to do it again, but ill do it next time im in town...i think i want to try something new

              1. re: Lau

                I like Luc Dinh Ky but let's not beat about the bush; that place is not just lacking in ambiance, it's just plumb FILTHY. But the bo luc lac IS excellent.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  haha thats the type of place that ill probably go by myself (i hit trieu chau today, ill put up a post soon...that place is great)

                  im leaning toward brodard, xanh or favori...i havent decided yet

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    hey btw
                    - what else is good at brodard? (besides the nem nuong)
                    - what are the key dishes at xanh?

                    1. re: Lau

                      Das - I got you on that Luc Dinh Ky being filthy but you have to admit there are a lot and I mean a lot worse Vietnamese restaurant in Little Saigon. Over the years it has gotten much better.

                      Brodard is one of the few restaurants that do a good job on the majority of their dishes. Most Vietnamese restaurant tend to specialize in only one dish. The dishes I would recommend are obviously the Cuon Nem Nuong or if you like shrimp more the Chao Tom Cuon same thing but with shrimp. Any of their "com" or broken rice dishes or their "bun" or noodle dishes are good. Their "Banh Xeo" or Vietnamese pancake as I have heard it being referred to as isn't bad either. "Goi Bo" or spicy beef salad is good too.

                      Only been to Xanh twice and got the Bo Luc Lac both times and really liked it.

                      1. re: Lau

                        I love the Duck Salad, it's one of my favorite things there.

              2. My favourite spot is Vien Dong on Brookhurst a couple blocks south of Westminster on the right hand side. Hands down the best all-around Vietnamese restaurant in Little Saigon LMHO.

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                1. re: ExtraCheesePlease

                  yeah i like vien dong alot, i went there last time i was in town with my gf..that tumeric fish is great and they had the best cha gio ive had

                  1. re: Lau

                    100% agreed. That dish is amazing. I always get the larger portion for $3.00 extra as a starting appetizer for the table and it's long gone in 5 minutes. And yes, the cha gio is great as well. Crispy and light and not greasy.

                2. thx for all the recs, I went on a bit of a mission, so here's my reviews:
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/576549

                  I'll def hit the rest of the places u guys recommended when i come home in a month