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Jul 31, 2009 04:12 AM

Cheap vietnamese on the east side??

I know of a couple spots but, they aren't quite as cheap or authentic as I'd like.

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  1. Aren't most Vietnamese places on the east side pretty reasonably priced already? Not sure how much cheaper you want to get?

    The stretch of Garvey Blvd spanning Rosemead and South El Monte will land you a confusing number of places. Pho Minh and Pho Hien Mai are oft mentioned pho joints. My nod is to Pho Minh and their Pho Bac (pho with chopped fillet mignon, wide noodles, and a bit of ginger). I usually order a small bowl as I like to enjoy all the broth, but others look for mass amounts of noodles and meat, which the large bowls should provide.

    For rice and bun suggestions, I couldn't point you to any place over another. If they offer a fried egg as a side like Super Bowl in San Gabriel, I'm all over that.

    1. I have to second mpken here - what overpriced Vietnamese have you been having?

      The gold standard in the SGV still is Golden Deli. If they're not cheap enough, I'm not sure what to say.

      1. Are you talking about the east side of the city of Los Angeles? The "new" eastside -- Silver Lake, Echo Park, etc.?

        If that's the case, no, I haven't found good, cheap Vietnamese around here. There's Pho Cafe and Gingergrass in SL, neither of which are cheap or authentic.

        In Atwater Village, there's Indochine and Viet Noodle Bar. I haven't been to either and have heard mixed things. Neither are cheap by the SGV standards, but they're not crazy expensive.

        It's a huge bummer, actually. I wish someone would put a good, normal Vietnamese place in one of our over-abundant pizza spots.

        Gingergrass Silverlake
        2396 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

        Pho Cafe
        2841 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

        Viet Noodle Bar
        3133 1 2 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

        Indochine Vien
        3110 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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        1. re: missyp

          Thanks missyp. I was refering to the silvelake/echo park "eastside." I guess I'll have to keep driving out to golden deli, which is the quality and price I'm looking for.

          1. re: raremeatplease

            Chinatown could be a closer option for ya. Hoan Kiem is a tiny hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant that serves only two dishes, Pho Ga and Banh Cuon. The Pho Ga is my favorite in the area, and the banh cuons are made-to-order. Happy chowing! :)

            Hoan Kiem
            727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012