Wednesday, August 13, 2008
A Pho place near my house. I decided to give this place a shot, despite its corny play on words.
This section in Wikipedia made me laugh:
"A popular naming convention for phở restaurants in some localities seems to be placing a number in the name (e.g. Phở 24, whose name refers to the use of 24 ingredients, and the 24 hours required to prepare the broth). There are four differing stories as to how this practice came about:
* The restaurant was opened in the year indicated in the name.
* The owner of the restaurant was a restaurateur in Vietnam before immigrating, and their restaurant was located on that street number.
* Much in the same way that one would see multiple burger restaurants with a number after them (e.g., John's #2), the number is simply present to prevent duplication in naming.
* According to the owner of a phở restaurant in Maryland, the number is one that is considered "lucky" by the owner.
Additionally, some restaurant names are unintentional (or in some cases, intentional) forms of word play on phở and fuck, as in "Phở Kim Long", "What the Phở?" and even "Phở King"."
I was very impressed with the spring rolls. They were perfectly fried. The Pho on the other hand, was a bit bland for my taste, but still very passable, partly because of the convenience factor. The staff was very attentive. On the westside, I personally prefer Pho 99 on Wilshire, but I'm definitely glad there's a new Pho place.
4349 Sepulveda Blvd.
Part III of my quest to find fish tacos in West LA takes me to gr/eats, a little known restaurant on Sawtelle, owned by and situated next door to Giant Robot (if you're a fan of Japanese pop culture, you have to check it out).
This fish taco is not fried, but still tasty. They use ono fish (instead of the traditional cod variety). Fish was well seasoned, and the rice and beans were fantastic.
Check out their eclectic menu).
2050 Sawtelle Blvd.
In Part II in my series on the beloved fish taco, I make a visit to the 'ol Brentwood Country Mart. Patrons often visit Country Mart for rotisserie chicken and ribs at Reddi Chick (I'll do a post on that place soon) and the mac & cheese and chocolate chip cookies at City Bakery. Frida Taqueria is a fairly new joint there, and boy am I glad this place exists.
Frida Taqueria @ The Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th Street
There's nothing like a nice crispy fried fish taco. El Super Taco on Santa Monica Blvd (just east of Bundy) makes excellent fried fish tacos (Ensenada style). I also recently came across a great food blog devoted to tacos in LA called The Great Taco Hunt. Check out http://tacohunt.blogspot.com
Here's the blogger's review of El Super Taco.
El Super Taco
11923 Santa Monica Blvd.