Cheap vietnamese on the east side??
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.
2396 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
2841 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Viet Noodle Bar
3133 1 2 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
3110 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
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! :)
727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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.