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Oct 5, 2011 08:27 PM
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Vietnamese in the South Bay

I like the place on Crenshaw just north of Manhattan Beach Blvd. (if it is still there) but can you suggest others? Bamboo Song is bland city.

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Bamboo Song
602 Deep Valley Dr, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

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  1. vn dish is about as good as it gets around here. it'll do in a pinch.

    pho hong long used to be in the same category, but, sadly, not anymore.

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    VN Dish
    14415 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90249

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    1. re: raizans

      So Pho Hong Long has tanked in flavor? That was my steady one years ago.

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      Pho Hong Long
      15709 Crenshaw Blvd Ste A, Gardena, CA 90249

      1. re: torty

        yup. i went last month and the soup tasted like it had more amino acids from msg than from cows.

    2. There is Saigon Flavor just off the corner of Crenshaw and Carson in Torrance.

      I've only been there once, and it was a couple of years ago. I'm not an expert on Vietnamese food so I don't know if it's a good representation of the cuisine. I stopped in to get a Banh Mi for the first time. It tasted good but it was my first Banh Mi sandwich ever. I didn't get anything else on the menu. My concern was looking at their kitchen. It wasn't a C rated restaurant from the health inspector point of view but it didn't look organized. There was an older lady who appeared to do most of the prep/cooking and a bunch of younger people standing around looking confused. The one neat thing about the place was this completely random shark tank. It was fun looking at the small shark (nurse?) while waiting for the food. I'm not sure if this place has changed much.

      Here's an old review from CH with info about SB Vietnamese places (apparently).
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/338178

      There are also some reviews on Yelp.

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      Saigon Flavor
      2515 W Carson St Ste G, Torrance, CA 90503

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      1. re: DrBruin

        We've been several times and it hasn't changed much other than some rearrangement of the fish tanks. Same glass dining sets and plants :). I'm no expert either, but the pho is decent and they currently offer a free drink with a meal. The banh mi is respectable and costs more than those in OC or SGV, but it's the only place around in the Torrance area that I know of. Not sure if it's still rated a C, but we've never had any problems with the food.

        Also yes to Blue Lotus in Carson.

        1. re: ristretto

          over in carson, i'd recommend pho king way instead of blue lotus.

          1. re: ristretto

            Hi Ristretto, I never said it was ever rated a C.... in fact, I said it wasn't C-rated (which means either A or B... but I don't recall which grade it was) when I went but it didn't look organized. I'm sure you just misread what I wrote... but, I just want to clarify what I meant.

            1. re: DrBruin

              You're right, I misread - sorry.

        2. I like Saigon Dish in Lawndale. The kind of place where the owner knows everyone's name. A very welcoming and friendly neighborhood spot. Plus they have vegetarian pho and noodle dishes for my son.

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          Saigon Dish
          15725 Hawthorne Blvd Ste 108, Lawndale, CA 90260

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          1. re: wienermobile

            Saigon Dish is pretty good. Saigon Flavor is really, really mediocre.

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            Saigon Dish
            15725 Hawthorne Blvd Ste 108, Lawndale, CA 90260

            Saigon Flavor
            2515 W Carson St Ste G, Torrance, CA 90503

          2. In Carson, Blue Lotus has some pretty good beef pho.

            I second Saigon Dish.

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            Saigon Dish
            15725 Hawthorne Blvd Ste 108, Lawndale, CA 90260

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