Thursday, April 24, 2014

More Pho You

French-Vietnamese specialties migrate north

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Well, apparently winter’s over.

And while these 75-degree days are great if you’ve been missing the beach, they’re not so great if you’ve spent the season hankering for a piping hot bowl of pho. 

 
Thankfully, Orange County’s finest purveyors of French-Vietnamese cuisine are expanding from their original location (with the help of Superba chef Jason Neroni) to bring you fresh Hanoi classics updated for a Los Angeles clientele. 
 
So, yes, there’s kale on the menu. But the most interesting thing they're doing at East Borough is turning Vietnam’s signature steamy noodle soup into a cool brisket-stuffed sandwich, served with sriracha-hoisin aioli and a sidecar of broth.
 
Which means you now have a way of satisfying that nagging pho craving without sweating through your hot lunch. Bonus: no wrangling rice noodles with crappy wooden chopsticks. 
 
Or if you're a traditionalist, there are still bánh mi sandwiches, pork and shrimp spring rolls, and many other house specialties.  
 
Since you don’t have to trek to Vietnam or the OC for your meal, you can always come back again tomorrow.

Weather permitting.

East Borough east-borough.com
9810 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City
(310) 596-8266
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Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Parking: Street or public lot
Best Bets: Lemongrass pork bánh mi; pho baguette; shrimp spring rolls
Nearby: Father's Office; Public School 310; Lukshon

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