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I'm heading to LA next week and can't wait to eat some yummy food! We are coming from the bay area and so far I have a rough itinerary

Thursday
Arrive in the AM
Lunch at Hae Jang Chon for Korean BBQ
Heading to The Grove (GF wants to go there)
but the Grove is conveniently located near ANIMAL for dinner! Any suggestions on what dishes to order? I know the menu might change but hopefully some marrow bones, pork belly sliders, foie gras biscuit dish, hamachi tostada and hopefully some other offal dish.

Friday
Heading to Disneyland and will be staying in the area. Hopefully heading down to Banh Mi Che Cali for some sandwiches to bring into the park, is that ok? There are several locations close together and only the hours are different is that correct? We are closer to Lee's sandwiches but I rather not eat there.

Also wanted to go to Jagerhaus for breakfast. I don't plan on eating anything substantial inside Disneyland but might cave in for corn dogs and churros.

Dinner will be at Brodards
I know to get the nem nuong spring rolls and maybe banh xeo are there any other dishes? There might be better places but my gf has been there and told me not to check other places out haha.

Saturday
Heading to San Diego to visit a friend so it's not up to me where we eat from then on but do you guys know of any breakfast places to check out that is conveniently located near the 5 before we head south?

Thanks a lot guys I hope I have a good list so far!

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Jagerhaus
2525 E Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92806

Brodard Restaurant
9892 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92844

Hae Jang Chon
3821 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

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  1. Hi Justin,

    Your itinerary looks solid so far.

    A few thoughts and recommendations for you.

    Have you thought about Park's BBQ instead of Hae Jang Chon? Nothing against HJC but Park's is currently a favorite..

    Looks like for Animal you have all the right things to order. Loved the foie gras biscuit.

    Yes, you are allowed to bring food into the park and Banh Mi Che Cali is a good option.

    Never been to Jagerhaus so no comment there.

    Brodard's is one of the few Vietnamese restaurants that does everything pretty well. The cuon nem nuong spring rolls are a must order. I typically just order those when going to Brodard.

    As for a breakfast recommendation near the 5 on the way south, I would recommend Break of Dawn in Laguna Hills. Excellent breakfast spot.

    Enjoy!

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    Park's BBQ
    955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

    Jagerhaus
    2525 E Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92806

    Brodard Restaurant
    9892 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92844

    Break of Dawn
    24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

    Hae Jang Chon
    3821 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

    7 Replies
    1. re: TNT Adventures

      Second Break of Dawn, especially if you are on the 5. Easy off and back on at El Toro.

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      Break of Dawn
      24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

      1. re: TNT Adventures

        second Park's, marinated short rib is a must (for a first timer)

        1. re: ns1

          Third for Park's BBQ. One of the best restaurants in Los Angeles period. Wonderful food and wonderful service. From food critic J. Gold "And the marinated galbi — short ribs, L.A.'s own signature cut — is magnificent here, the makings of a meat coma …"

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          Park's BBQ
          955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

        2. re: TNT Adventures

          Thanks a lot for the suggestions TNT! Park's BBQ looks so delicious but I'm sad it will have to be for another time. The quality of meats looks very good but it will be just the two of us and in a small group I would prefer AYCE so I can have a little bit of everything compared to a la carte. That place looks really really good though!

          We"ll definitely add Break of Dawn to the list, looks solid! Hopefully we can try it out. Yummy I love portuguese sausage and eggs and all I have to say is that they have creme brulee french toast to tempt my girlfriend!

          Thanks again!

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          Park's BBQ
          955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

          Break of Dawn
          24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

          1. re: Justin L

            Park's sister restaurant is Don Dae Gam. They feature pork, but have combination specials (that include beef, such as their signature short rib). Just a thought.

          2. re: TNT Adventures

            Break of Dawn is great, Jagerhaus is good and interesting, but not amazing.

            Unless something has changed, you can not take outside food into Disneyland other than for specialized dietary needs. There is an outside picnic area with lockers.

            http://disneyland.disney.go.com/faq/d...

            I'd also stick with Brodard Restaurant.

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            Jagerhaus
            2525 E Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92806

            Break of Dawn
            24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

            1. re: scottca075

              They generally won't stop you unless you have glass in your bag or unless you look like you're trying to feed the masses.

          3. just a note about Animal... i know the site says the menu changes daily, but I think 95% of it pretty much stays the same, so I wouldn't worry about anything missing from the menu from today to when you go there next week.

            1. Rather than Brodard, which is the standard and admittedly good answer for nem nuong cuon, I'd send you instead to Dat Thanh or Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa, both of which are better at this dish. Both are smaller shops that cook the dish's components to order, rather than assemble them ahead of time as Brodard does.

              It's really a matter of what you're hungry for. The best places specialize in a few dishes, rather than have an all-things, pan-Vietnamese menu. What type of experience do you want to get from your Little Saigon visit?

              Definitely skip Lee's for banh mi. Banh Mi Che Cali on the NE corner of Brookhurst and Westminster is the branch closest to Disney, and it's a good choice. The best place IMO is still Banh Mi Cho Cu, a tiny shop and the standard for great banh mi in Little Saigon. Both places are leagues better than Lee's.

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              Banh Mi Cho Cu Bakery
              14520 Magnolia St, Westminster, CA 92683

              Brodard Restaurant
              9892 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92844

              Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
              9738 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92844

              Dat Thanh
              10032 McFadden Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

              7 Replies
              1. re: Professor Salt

                Thanks for the recs professor, I'm from the bay area so we have a pretty thriving vietnamese community as well. Just looking for something that we can't get up here regarding VN food. I have heard of brodards from family and friends, the fact that it has an unusual name made me remember it. Will definitely keep the other options in mind, thank you!

                As far as banh mi goes, I just want to bring something into disneyland and that sounds perfect. I'll look up where Banh mi Cho Cu is relative to the park but proximity to it is somewhat of a priority.

                And with the Korean BBQ thanks guys for your recs to try Park's BBQ. My gf is treating me to that meal and she probably won't budge (she isn't a chowhound but a clotheshound but I'll try to persuade her). I really want to try Parks though, definitely on my next trip

                Thanks again for all your recommendations!

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                Park's BBQ
                955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                1. re: Justin L

                  Hey Justin L,

                  I must respectfully disagree and say that in my humble opinion Brodard is much better than Dat Thanh or Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa. Brodard does at times pre roll the rolls but they are so busy that it is pretty much always fresh.

                  As for your sandwich quest. Banh Mi Cho Cu is a bit out of the way for you but Little Saigon is a pretty small area, so it will only be at most a 5 to 10 minute extra drive. Where ever you end up make sure to get the baguettes style banh mi and not the regular ones. Personal preference but I like the bread better on the baguette style sandwiches. You will be enticed by the buy 2 get one free deals on the regular ones though. Also you may want to ask for the veggies on the side. They usually will ask you. It'll be better for when you eat it at the park.

                  My personal favorites for banh mi are Saigon Bakery on Westminster and Magnolia, Banh Mi Che Cali and the Bo Nuong Xa (Lemongrass Beef) at Top Baguette on the corner of Bolsa and Magnolia.

                  You have solid recs mentioned by everyone and I am sure you will enjoy your meals wherever you end up.

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                  Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
                  1700 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

                  Brodard Restaurant
                  9892 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92844

                  Dat Thanh
                  10032 McFadden Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

                  1. re: TNT Adventures

                    thanks TNT!

                    We will probably end up at Brodards, a lot of friends and family have recommended that place to me so I might as well try it. I'm not going in there expecting to be blown away or anything. As far as VN sandwiches go, it isn't one unless it's on a baguette :) I don't ever remember having one on "regular" bread and to me that just seems weird. Sorry if I offended anybody. That's kind of a bummer that the buy 2 get one free doesn't apply to the baguette style sandwiches.

                    Heading out tomorrow morning can't wait to get my grub on!

                    Thanks again to everybody for all the recs I appreciate it!

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                    Brodard Restaurant
                    9892 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92844

                    1. re: Justin L

                      "I don't ever remember having one on "regular" bread and to me that just seems weird"

                      I don't recall baguettes (ie lee's style) really landing in the scene until mid 90's. All the sandwiches I had in the late 80's/early 90's were the standard french rolls (ie banh mi che cali style)

                      1. re: ns1

                        Sorry about the confusion on the regular bread wording. I didn't mean sliced Webber style bread. I was referring to the standard French rolls. (Thanks ns1)

                        You have a choice of either standard french roll or a longer more slender baguette style.

                        1. re: ns1

                          my mistake I assumed "regular" bread was those round ones from Lee's or sliced bread or something. I am vietnamese and grew up eating banh mi, always a baguette style bread/roll I recall..

                          So Banh mi che cali has a french roll banh mi and a baguette banh mi? I thought banh mi sandwiches got there start from the french with the baguette style bread. I'm confused I guess I need to touch up on my asian roots.

                          Nevermind thanks for clarifying

                          1. re: Justin L

                            Banh mi are French rolls at BMCC and are "mua 2 tang 1." The baguette-style ones are called "banh mi baguette" and are not "mua 2 tang 1."

                2. Just got back from a great trip and wow did we eat good!

                  Thursday
                  Hae Jang Chon
                  this place was good but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first time we ate there. Did get to eat a variety of meats/cuts so that was enjoyable. Will definitely need to try Park's BBQ next time I'm down there.

                  Bouchon Bakery
                  grabbed some macarons and pastries always solid

                  Animal
                  Went here for dinner and it didn't disappoint. We had the following
                  Chicken Liver Toast
                  Shaved Zucchini Salad
                  Hamachi Tostada
                  Crispy Pig's Head
                  Foie Gras biscuit
                  w/ a carafe of Rose to go along with the dishes. My gf and I enjoyed all the variety of dishes that we sampled. If there was one dish we regretted ordering it was the shaved zucchini, nothing horrible with the dish just the flavor/texture wasn't that exciting. We really enjoyed all of the dishes especially the foie gras and the pig's head, service was great too which really is the icing on the top!

                  Friday
                  Disneyland
                  Monte Cristo Sandwich, churros. Fruit we brought it, didn't make it to any banh mi joints.

                  Brodard's
                  took a break from disneyland and headed here.
                  Nem nuong rolls
                  banh xeo
                  cua mien xao
                  Everything was really good, the cua mien wasn't anything special but had such a meat overload the day before I wanted to eat something lighter and this is what the waiter suggested. Nem Nuong was really tasty I love that crunchy bits in the rolls.

                  Saturday Morning
                  Break of Dawn
                  I enjoyed this place, thanks for the suggestion!
                  We had the creme brulee french toast, and smoked salmon with poached eggs and a side of sausage. Great start to the day and I really enjoyed the ambiance of that place. Only complaint would be the value, $6 for a small side of sausage seems a bit high but that is a small complaint.

                  We headed to San Diego and had some good eats there too. Thanks again for all the suggestions! We really enjoyed the trip and most importantly ate very well!

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                  Park's BBQ
                  955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                  Brodard Restaurant
                  9892 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92844

                  Break of Dawn
                  24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

                  Hae Jang Chon
                  3821 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

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                  1. re: Justin L

                    thanks for the report back, nice to hear you actually went to the suggestions.