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Adsvino Jan 13, 2009 06:36 AM

Any favorites? Saw a bunch in there--Gingergrass, etc.

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    Briggs Feb 1, 2009 12:28 PM

    Not Atwater/Silverlake, but close by in Eagle Rock on Colorado Blvd. is Lemongrass which seems pretty ok. I also like it far better than Blue Hen on the opposite side of the boulevard.

    1. susans Jan 13, 2009 11:22 PM

      Gingergrass is very noisy. Not the place to have a quiet conversation or go with your doesn't hear as well as she used to mother. The food is good, but not great.

      1. Chowpatty Jan 13, 2009 07:31 AM

        They're all a bit different -- depends on what you're after.
        Gingergrass: serves beer and wine, large menu, lively scene, food is a bit uneven from ok to very good. Always crowded at dinner, no reservations.
        Indochine: Decent chicken and beef pho, reasonable prices, good selection on menu but nothing is really outstanding, good for takeout too.
        Viet Noodle: Clean food with some organic ingredients, austere interior and trendy clients, pricey for small portions but well-prepared. Menu recently expanded to include bahn mi.
        Pho Cafe: Late night hipster spot, pho seems kind of underflavored, menu is basically just pho and spring rolls, but they do have beer.
        Oh, and just to be complete:
        Lu Subs, next to Ralph's on Glendale: Pretty good cheap pho, but it's bare bones -- best to get takeout
        and
        Soy Cafe - Same owner and food as Viet Noodle, is it still open? Website says 11-3 Monday-Saturday.

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          ns1 Jan 13, 2009 07:36 AM

          viet noodle worth it for the soy milk + bean curd dessert alone

          other courses, more questionable, especially at their prices.

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            Adsvino Jan 13, 2009 07:58 AM

            I am after a good selection of dishes for a 3 0r 4 course meal, not just pho. Prefer low corkage as well. Perhaps will try Gingergrass this week...

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              Chowpatty Jan 13, 2009 08:02 AM

              Yeah, Gingergrass is the only "real restaurant" of the bunch, the others are casual cafes which would not be conducive to BYOB. Not sure what the corkage is at GG since they have their license now.

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                carter Jan 13, 2009 09:58 AM

                And Gingergrass gets its wines through Silver Lake Wine across the street

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                  Grog Jan 13, 2009 11:01 AM

                  One small note here: I believe Viet's to be VERY conducive to BYOB. I eat there almost weekly and bring something each time. They in fact encourage byob, but if your wines are wortthy of stems, best to BYOG.

                  One could easily make a 3-4 course meal off Viet's menu.

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                    Adsvino Jan 14, 2009 05:55 AM

                    I was going to bring some rare reislings so perhaps BYOG is in order....

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                      Adsvino Feb 1, 2009 11:47 AM

                      Just a follow up on the VIET Noodle experience this past week. We went BYOB and BYOG and had 6-7 wines, none of which I believe we were charged corkage for.

                      The food was clean, modern and fantastic. Lovely whitefish and tumeric bahn mi, awesome chicken with yellow rice dish. We had 3-4 apps, all good. Really nothing to find fault with at this place. Owner is really nice, too.

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                  Burger Boy Jan 13, 2009 08:07 AM

                  Get the vegetable curry dish that is cooked and served in a clay pot, excellent!

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                    Adsvino Jan 13, 2009 08:43 AM

                    Will do, thx.

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                  HerbyN Jan 13, 2009 08:13 AM

                  i know there are a lot of Gingergrass fans here, but i personally prefer all of the places listed by Chowpatty over Gingergrass (except for Lu Subs). not that Gingergrass is bad by any means, but i do think it's a bit over-rated and the other "less traveled" viet-restaurants/cafes in the area deserve a try as well...

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                    kellydeez Jan 13, 2009 11:31 AM

                    I have to also stand up for Viet. The menu has grown from when it first opened. The atmosphere is cool, and the food is really quite good, and very affordable. You can definitely byob, which is always nice. There are discernable starters and main dishes and the coffees, teas and other drinks are delicious. I love the white fish with tumeric and also the veggie noodles with soy skin. I prefer it to Gingergrass and find it much less expensive, nice sized portions.

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                      bsquared2 Jan 14, 2009 07:32 AM

                      Personally, I would drive a little bit more to the SGV. If you have to stay in Silverlake, I think Gingergrass is OK. That is where I take people who want to try VN food but might be scared by something more 'authentic'.

                      Can't say I was impressed by Viet Noodle Bar. I don't think that is a good representation of Vietnamese food. In fact, people talk about the Whitefish with Turmeric, but I didn't like it at all. And I've had the REAL stuff.

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                        ns1 Jan 14, 2009 09:23 AM

                        and I bet the $15 plate of cha ca thanh long that you can get in Little Saigon is 4x the size of Viet's.

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                    carter Jan 13, 2009 07:10 AM

                    The only other one I can think of is Indochine Vien at 3110 Glendale Blvd. in that center just after you cross over the Hyperion Bridge, with Subway among other tenants.
                    Neither it nor Gingergrass all that bad, yet you will not satisfy your Little Saigon craving either.

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