Pho Kimmy is one of our favorite pho places in Westminster and that's saying a lot, considering Westminster is probably pho central of America. No lie.
It's a small family owned and run restaurant so they don't care too much for customer service. They want you in and out (to put it bluntly) because they are always so busy!
Their tai (rare steak) is the best I have a had. SUPER finely sliced and tender, almost like butter it's so soft. Get the tai on the side, you'll notice the difference in the texture of the meat significantly.
I love meatballs but there are different qualities of meatballs and the meatballs at Pho Kimmy is probably the best I've had. The cheap meatballs have fillers like tendons but the meatballs at Pho Kimmy is just pure beef, nothing else. You can see and taste the difference.
It's the broth and tai here that makes all the difference. Huge portions, but they are not cheap for pho. But you pay for the quality.
Try the Thai tea, it's bomb! If you like onions, get the vinegar onions on the side. Add in a little bit of the hoisin and sriracha sauce and mix it all together. Eat it with your pho - it's so freaking good. COME HERE. EAT HERE.
They've moved! Still in the same plaza - just moved the suite number, about 5 stores to the left. It's bigger, newly remodeled, modern and chic. With 2 Big flat screens and tons of tables. The wait is still long, sadly, but not as cramped. AND NEW MENUS! WITH PICTURES! :) The new menus are great - it allowed me to try a few new appetizers based on the delicious looking pictures. Good move Ngu Binh!
This is my favorite egg noodle place. It's a tiny, family-owned restaurant in a small plaza with almost always NO parking. Despite the crap location and bad parking, I love the food here.
House Special Noodles - Dry with Thick noodles. Default, best, always my first choice.
Each order is made to order, fresh and piping hot every time.
My mom introduced us to this place a few years back. It used to be our #1 choice for pho and we came here ALL the time. We would drive from Irvine, bring our friends, and come at late hours of the night (this place opens late on weekends). It's still one of the top 2 choices for pho (the other choice is Pho Kimmy) and everytime we come here, we love it all the more.
The pho here is delicious, mainly because the broth is clean, clear and light. It is full of pho flavor but light and fresh. The portions and prices are fair and the meat is good. Roughly $6 for a bowl of pho.
We never get any other entree to try. We usually order an appetizer here: Nem Coun or Cha Gio. Roughly $3-4 for an order. Both are good.
There are numerous Lien Hoa locations, don't be fooled - go to this one. It's their 1st location and their best location. The main chef cooks and roasts the poultry here so don't settle for 2nd best! Been coming here for as long as I can remember, my mom dragged me in for the most part. Now, I come willingly on my own and find myself craving it.
Everything is delicious here - pork, duck, chicken, then comes the real authentic stuff: intestines, tongues, feet, ears, etc. I LOVE IT ALL! I EAT IT ALL! There's also french bread, Vermicelli, pickled veges to eat alongside the delicious BBQ and roasted meats.
MY #1 FAVE: Salted Chicken - Perfect. Everything from the chicken to the flavors to the smell and to the visual appeal. So freaking good! It's good to eat with rice or french bread. It's bones-in so may be hard to eat for some of you, but totally worth it. $15 for a whole chicken.
Just skimmed through the reviews for this place and the verdict stands: Great for regular customers and Not Great for new customers who don't speak the language or understand the food. Okay Okay...let's break it down.
My favorite bakery in town in terms of Chinese bakery products, but definitely not for cakes (I got elsewhere for my delicious cakes). Anyway, this is pretty authentic Chinese baked goods and I LOOOOOVE IT ALL! Sad thing about this is the baked goods are available before sunrise, no lie. So by the time I get up and make my way over to Kang Lac all my favorites are bought up and gone. No they don't keep making them throughout the day so there isn't an unlimited plethora of baked goodies. Get real. My point: Come early.
Now if you know what you want - awesome. Eat it all, everything is bomb! Fresh, warm and so buttery :) If you don't know, and I know Chinese baked products can be confusing because everything is stuffed on the inside for the most part - you can't tell the difference between a mooncake and a Cha Siu Bao (trust me, huge difference).
Cha Siu Bao*
Ham and Egg Bun*
Pork Sung Green Onion Roll*
Pork Sung Bun
Red Bean Bun*
If you can't read the Chinese writing or translation is bad then remember this list and tell it to the worker. Chances are he can probably understand most, if not all of this list and get it for you.
Next time I go I will definitely try their food - Porridge (w/ Chinese donut) and Bo Luc Lac! Mmmm sounds so good!
LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. Our group of friends drive all the way from Irvine just to get banh mi from here.
Open 24/7 - 5 stars
Buy 2 get 1 free specials - 5 stars
Try their Trung & Cha (Egg and Ham) - zomg, it's sooooo good! It's a hefty sandwich and not part of their specials but it's worth it.
Only thing is they don't have the best french roll around. It's good when you order it but it's not the same quality the day after.
Friday night adventure starts off with the boyfriend and I hungry for some good grub but broke as hell, so of course, good and CHEAP grub. Westminster is notorious for the various pho restaurants offering pho at 50% off so this worked in our favor. However we were more cautious this time around after our last incident at Pho Vinh Ky II (they no longer have 50% off pho but we didn't know so we ended up paying full price for that crap hole).
After driving practically all over Westminster, we ended up going to Hoa Binh, which ironically is right next door to Pho Vinh Ky II. Low and behold, they have 40% off pho and for that week: Egg noodle soup with meatballs. You see ladies and gents, Hoa Binh selects 2 items every week on their menu to put on their 40% off menu. You can always bet one of those 2 items is pho and the other is whatever they want: egg noodle soup, fried rice, etc. Since it's probably the last restaurant that offers a discount left in Westminster, there is a wait for a table.
Their pho is pretty descent. Good amount of noodles, fresh tai (not frozen) and good meatballs. They do give a tad too much broth for their pho which makes the bowl appears larger but the content of the pho is mostly the broth (hey, they gotta make the 40% back somehow).
The restaurant is nice, with flatscreen TV and booth tables. Remodeled so it has a cleaner more modern look. The service is fast when they notice you but since it's super busy here, your table may be forgotten. I saw that happened a few times while I was there. Speak up, and wave them down. It's really because their understaffed (again, making up that 40% somehow). For the price (2 bowls of pho came out to be $11) I am a fan and the bf and I will be coming back here for our cheap, good eats needs.
Been coming here with my mom for years. Everyone here is really nice and friendly. They have a wide range of food from steak to fish, to noodles to rice. Everything is pretty good and very fairly priced.
My favorite item is the Incredi-Bo Steak - $9 for small order, and $15 for a large. A small gets me stuffed. It comes with soup, salad, corn and french fries or rice. The french fries are really good here, up to par with any diner. The steak is always cooked perfectly, never tough or rubbery, and very favorful.
If you're feeling lazy and don't want to cut your steak, the alternative is the Shaken Beef with rice. It's cubes of the same steak cooked with onions and served with rice. It's very delicious!
This place has come far from where it started. I still remember as a kid my uncle was obsessed with their Nem Nuong Cuon - Pork Spring Rolls when they were still operating as a small eatery in a food court (this was YEARS ago). Anyway, they recently redecorated and made the interior way more spacious but still keeping a nice modern touch. It's busy busy busy here, probably the busiest restaurant to eat at on weekends! Expect a minimum wait of 30 minutes on weekends.
Famous for their Nem Nuong Cuon - Pork Spring Rolls and that amazing dipping sauce that comes with it. Whoever thought of this is a pure genius. That sauce is seriously so good. For the rolls and sauce they get a 4 star rating from me.
I've tried numerous items off their menu and nothing stands out. Other food is mediocre and not memorable at all. But hey, why try with other dishes when ONE SINGLE ITEM earns you all the big bucks. Heck yes I'll still come back. Mmmmm, Nem Nuong Cuon get in my mouth!
I go here for weekend lunches with my dad roughly once a month. It's good, fast and cheap. Plus it comes with a free drink! The portion, flavor, and meat of the pho is comparable to other good places in Westminster. It's highly competitive in prices. Never really tried anything else off the menu and have no strong desires too. It's good for their pho so I'll stick to that. The average price for a bowl is $5-6 and it's open late!
My family has been coming to this restaurant for dim sum for as long as I can remember. This place used to be Dragon Phoenix Restaurant until the recent years it changed ownership and management into Seafood Cove #2. However, when you speak to locals from the the area that have been coming here for years, they still call it Dragon Phoenix. The dim sum here is the best in this area. It's fresh with fair prices and tons of choices! It's the American style dim sum - ladies pushing around carts of hot dim sum plates around the tables and you pick the ones you want. I personally prefer the traditional dim sum - you order the dim sum plates from a menu and they bring it out to your table, made ready to order.
Anyway, the dim sum here is good. Lots of choices and fresh, always seems just made and piping hot. The ladies here are so quick, pushing around carts constantly and your tables won't ever be empty. My favorites are the typical dim sum and Seafood Cove #2 doesn't really have any specialty dim sum that other places doesn't have. It's pretty standard stuff here.
I like it here, it's close and decent prices with good quality. The ladies speak decent English but you really don't need good communication skills besides point and nod.
This place is one of the few restaurants that stays open late in Westminster. Perfect for family-style dining equipped for large parties. It's busy here, always seems to have a line of people waiting. If you're new to Vietnamese food or want to explore something other than pho, then give this place a try. Their menu comes with pictures which is a nice touch. The men here speak decent English and they take both cash and credit card, a rare combination with the Vietnamese restaurants if you ask me.
The food is okay here. They have two types of menus: individual plates and family-style a la cartes. The individual plates are entrees like pho, chow mein, egg noodles, fried rice, rice plates, etc. Price ranges on those from $6-9. The family-style a la cartes are similar to what to you get at Chinese restaurants. But these are what Vietnamese people usually eat and make in their own home. Items like soup, stir fry meats and veges and fish.
Nothing is real spectacular here. Maybe because they have such a wide range of food on their menu that they have no specialty. Give it a try: decent food, fair prices and good service.
It annoys me at time that my mom alway defaults to eating here for dinner. It's to the point she doesn't suggest it to me anymore because she'd know I'll say no. It's not that it's bad, it's more boring than anything else. Chinese food is greasy food. Doesn't matter if it's authentic or Americanized, it's damn greasy. And Tasty Garden is no different.
The half chicken is good, especially that ginger/onion oil sauce that comes with it. The beef chow-fun, most of their tofu dishes, and some vegetables plates are okay too. I'm not a big fan of seafood so I'll leave that alone. But their fried shrimp is pretty good.
My favorite part of the meal is the herbal tea.
Fast, quick service. Young workers so English is spoken well. Nothing to complain about here.
If my mom was writing this review, she'll give it a 5 stars.
The boyfriend and I have been wanting to try this for their 50% pho. We know what Banh Mi Che Cali is about and love their Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal on their banh mi. We walked in, sat down and realized the 50% off pho only applies to Pho Ga (Chicken Pho). Sure, why not.
This restaurant is clean and the service is quick. The place was packed but we were greeted and seated instantly, iced water came out as soon as the order was put in. When the pho came out, it was nicely presented. It was the prettiest bowl of pho I've ever seen. Each bowl had it's own plate where the bean sprouts, basil and limes sat. Very clean looks.
The pho was quite disappointing. The bowl looked like canned chicken noodle soup but Vietnamese style. Broth was almost clear and not flavorful at all. The noodles were good but the chicken was tasteless. I've had good Pho Ga and this doesn't even come close. It was tasteless and bland. For the first time in years I had to put in hoisin and sriracha into my broth (I never do that, ever).
It was real cheap - came out to $7.07 for a large & small bowl of pho. REALLY good prices but of course, you get what you pay for. I rather fork out a few more bucks and drive further into Westminster and eat 40% off pho at Hoa Binh Restaurant. Hey, this restaurant was packed so it must be right for some people, just below average for me though.
1lb whole sha-bang shrimp medium. Cajun fries. Lemon pepper wings. Corn. and Ice-cold beer. Now that's the perfect meal. Zomg, that sauce is killer!
Everything is quick once you're in and seated. It's the waiting part that's awful and so extremely dreadful. They need a better waiting system. The BC in San Jose takes down your cell phone number and calls you when your table is almost ready. So you can actually do something during the 2+hours wait time then just hang out right in front of the host stand. Food for thought.
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