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.
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".]
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.