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Bao Chau vs Le Petit Saigon?

twinkienic Jun 29, 2012 06:11 PM

Need to pick up some Vietnamese takeout next week for dinner and am choosing between Bao Chau and Le Petit Saigon as they are both close to my work. Any strong feelings as to which one is better? Or suggestions for other good places nearby? Do they both use rice paper wrapping for the spring rolls (not the Chinese style egg roll wrappers)? That's very important to me! Thanks!

  1. fmed Jun 29, 2012 10:24 PM

    I haven't been to either in ages. IIRC, they both use rice wrappers. Why not Le Do? That is where I would go.

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    1. re: fmed
      grayelf Jun 29, 2012 10:46 PM

      +1 on Le Do. Go before it's gone! I heart their roll within a roll.

      1. re: grayelf
        twinkienic Jun 30, 2012 12:20 AM

        I do like Le Do. My only issue is I might be in a bit of a rush so minimizing walking or reparking was a goal. I have yet to try the roll and I'm keen on it. Are they closing soon!?

        1. re: twinkienic
          grayelf Jun 30, 2012 09:20 AM

          I read that they were a while back. That whole area is changing so fast...

          Song Huong is a good alternative in terms of much easier parking (and good food of course) but I can't for the life of me remember how they do their rolls. Maybe I've never had one there...

          I've only been to LPS once and it was just okay. Dunno about Bao Chau except that I have read they do good rolls.

          1. re: grayelf
            fmed Jun 30, 2012 09:38 AM

            The rolls at Bao Chao are decent enough. I like the ones a Le Do much better.

            twinkienic - I can't really recommend one over the other since it has been ages the last time I have been to either one.

    2. b
      brokentelephone Jun 30, 2012 07:38 AM

      People love both Bao Chao and LPS, but personally, I think they both stink. BC is dirty, and LPS has made me feel nauseous (and not only because of my dining companions, re: bb).

      I agree w/Le Do as an alternative, but would recommend driving to Song Huong instead.

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      1. re: brokentelephone
        LotusRapper Jun 30, 2012 07:49 AM

        "nauseous" ? MSG ?

        1. re: LotusRapper
          brokentelephone Jul 1, 2012 06:20 AM

          I eat a LOT of pho, and not to be off-puting, but each time I eat at LPS I end up with a horribly upset stomach.

          1. re: brokentelephone
            LotusRapper Jul 1, 2012 09:03 PM

            For good pho, give Thuan An on Kingsway a try. Very small humble place but food made with TLC. The seafood pho is dang nice.

            1. re: brokentelephone
              LotusRapper Jul 1, 2012 10:06 PM

              You might find this site helpful then:



              1. re: LotusRapper
                brokentelephone Jul 2, 2012 03:09 PM

                Unfortunately, I don't live in the 604 at the minute so my phoventures are few and far between.

                I do love pho-downs, and very much appreciate objective comments on elements of the bowl -- i.e., noodle firmness, amount of greens, quality of meat, BUT pho is as personal as pornography. Some days, you want a smooth and gentle broth, but other times, shiiiiit you need it intense.

        2. LotusRapper Jun 30, 2012 02:38 PM

          Best to just buy some rolls each from BC and LPS simultaneously and judge them side-by-side :-)

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            twinkienic Jul 2, 2012 09:19 AM

            Thanks for all the suggestions. Turns out I won't be picking up food next week after all. At some point I will do a side by side comparison of the spring rolls though :) Also definitely need to try the spicy roll at Le Do.

            I haven't made it to Song Huong yet and it's on my list. Our current go-to places are Hai Phong, Green Lemongrass, Le Do and Chau VeggieExpress.

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            1. re: twinkienic
              grayelf Jul 2, 2012 03:10 PM

              Our go-tos line up with yours except for Chau VE which we haven't tried yet. Hai Phong is ahead by a nose right now because of consistent high quality and diverse menu. Have you tried their avocado shake? Swoon worthy, 'cause they don't serve it unless the avocadoes are perfect. Make sure you share it or you won't have room for the other food :->.

              1. re: grayelf
                twinkienic Jul 3, 2012 07:21 AM

                Chau Veg is great. Get the coconut shake when you are there - a perfect balance of salty/sweet.

                Yes I love Hai Phong's avocado shakes. I alternate between that and soursop.

                1. re: twinkienic
                  grayelf Jul 3, 2012 09:37 PM

                  nice tip on the soursop -- will try it next time!

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