Thanks for all the suggestions and I intend to eventually try all of them, but here is how I fared with the little time I had:
Since my meeting ran late I was given directions to and stopped at Banh Mi & Che Cali, at 8948 Bolsa Ave.
Before I went in I stopped and marveled at the seafood in ABC Market. Fresh conch was something I had not seen before, not even at 99 Ranch Market.
In Banh Mi & Che Cali, I had taken several minutes to try to figure out the food they had on display, but eventually ordered a BBQ Pork sandwich and a baguette of french bread to eat while I drove back to work.
Note: The Hanoi restaurant is close to this Banh Mi & Che Cali.
Before I left I was wondering if the sandwich would be too dry and boring, but was amazed at the texture and flavors in this simple dish as I ate it. The excellent bread, varied vegetables, some tangy sauce, and tasty meat. The price was 2.25, the baguette .75
I was still hungry so I started in on the baguette. Fresh, thin crispy crust that yielded to a tasty bread. I could've kicked myself for not ordering two loaves.
I save about 6 inches of the bread for dinner.
But this small experience reminded me that there is a treasure trove of culinary experiences to be had here in southern california.
Man are we lucky or what?
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