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Aug 28, 2009 09:43 PM

Best Pho in the Westside?

I have been craving pho but I can't seem to find any good pho places nearby (culver city). Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Little Saigon on Santa Moncia Boulevard

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    1. re: noshie

      Where's that? I can only find one on Western.

      And is the pho actually good? Or is it merely the best you'll find near Culver City?

      1. re: Bjartmarr

        Noshie probably means Le Saigon on Santa Monica Blvd by Federal Ave.

        1. re: bulavinaka


          I was pretty disappointed with the pho at Le Saigon. The price was high, the bowl was small, and it just wasn't very tasty.

          1. re: Bjartmarr

            I like the pho at Le Saigon, especially for the westside. That being said, I love their bun. Get the one with grilled pork... yuuuuum.

    2. Well I don't know about "best" but it's the only one I've had on the westside: China Beach. Simple but pleasant. I like the place. Not amazing but gets the job done.

      China Beach
      2024 Pacific Ave

      1. Pho 99 (on Wilshire a couple blocks west of Barrington).

        1. Probably the best of what's available is Pho 99. That's not really a compliment... but I'm spoiled by having lived in the Valley (Pho 999, Pho So 1) and near Little Saigon (dozens of places).

          Le Saigon is where you go for bun, not pho.

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            1. re: a_and_w

              Pho Citi in Westwood is not bad.

              1. re: kevin

                Is it related to Pho Citi in Burbank? The Burbank one is... oy, gevalt.

                1. re: kevin

                  Is this the one in the same mini-mall with Peet's and Eduardo's?

                2. re: Das Ubergeek

                  I thought Le Saigon's Pho Ga was ok, not the biggest bowl on either their bun or pho and not the most herbs. I liked the bun at Pho 999. Guess I will try Pho Citi if I can find parking (Pho 99 parking lot a pain, Pho Citi's looks worse)

                  1. re: noshie

                    I've been to Pho 99 and just thought it was alright. My friend thinks it's the best on the westside. I've had better in OC. But I'll try Le Saigon and Pho Citi! Yum, thanks everyone!!

                    1. re: justinelc

                      Ewww... I'm sorry but Le Saigon has the most unflavorful pho I have ever had. Even when they give you the weakened fish sauce to add, it still has no flavor. I just went to Pho 99 in Torrance and there's apparently one on Wilshire Blvd. Here's a link to their menu which is surprisingly extensive:


                      This is probably as good as it gets near Culver City. I feel ya Justine--I'm in CC too and my Vietnamese boyfriend got me into Vietnamese food and we drive to Little Saigon every once in awhile to fill the urge!


                      1. re: kushnerom

                        If they give you fish sauce of any kind to add to pho, they're doing it wrong.

                3. We live in Santa Monica, but usually go to SGV for Vietnamese food.
                  We haven't tried Pho 99, but the best pho near the Westside is in Lawndale. I like Saigon Dish (not open Sundays), and Pho Hoa isn't bad either.

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                  1. re: Ogawak

                    Hm... is Lawndale closer than Van Nuys? You could go to Pho 999 and Pho So 1 near the 99 Ranch on Victory and Sepulveda.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      In terms of miles, probably not, but driving to Lawndale vs the Valley seems effortless as opposed to driving up and down that giant hill and into that heat.

                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                        I think Lawndale and Van Nuys are about equidistant from the 405/Culver City when it comes to drive time. Of course as always it depends on traffic and luck of the draw. 15-25 minutes either way...