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Nov 17, 2012 12:36 PM

Vietnamese Food in Westminster

I'm getting a lot of mixed reviews about different Vietnamese restaurants in the Westminster/Buena Park area. Don't know my way around here either.
Any suggestions appreciated. Looking for casual dining. Serves beer and wine. Vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes.

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  1. Must they serve beer and wine? Because in Little Saigon (Westminster and Garden Grove mostly; Buena Park has more Korean and Middle Eastern places) "casual Vietnamese dining" and "booze license" form a Venn diagram that resembles a training bra. The few places that do serve beer don't serve anything that good, anyway, so you'd be better off going BYOB with a decent witbier or IPA and tipping your waiter well.

    As for finding your way around, that's the easy part: start at the intersection of Westminster and Brookhurst, stroll randomly* for 2-5 minutes, and go to the first place you crash into. OK, so that was a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously there are a lot of good places very close to there: Brodard, Vien Dong, Banh Mi Che Cali, Banh Cuon Tay Ho, Com Tam Thuan Kieu, etc. Also, search the board for "Little Saigon" or "Orange County Vietnamese" for many worthwhile suggestions; there are folks here who know the area much better than I do, and mercifully they never completely agree, so it's not as if they'll all be sending you to the same place :)

    [* If you wish to explore Malkiel's random-walk theory, I can highly recommend putting U2's "Joshua Tree" album on your iPod and heading to a different cardinal point on the compass every time Bono sings the words "fire", "wind", "dust", or "rain".]

    1. I would scroll through this thread.

      Personally I like Pagolac Restaurant, Banh Cuon Tay Ho, Thang Long Restaurant, Quan Hy Restaurant and Ngu Binh Restaurant in Westminster, but if you expand a bit to Garden Grove and even Fountain Valley, you can increase the choices and maybe quality with places like Brodard Restaurant.

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      1. re: scottca075

        My Vietnamese manicurist swears by the Brodard restaurant in Garden Grove..
        Still have not been..
        What's good for a non-red meat seafood lover?