Here's a brief Brodard broadside in response to Bob Brooks (below). Brodard II at 647 Valley Blvd in Alhambra is the sister restaurant of the very popular Brodard in Garden Grove, I believe both restaurants have been mentioned here and by J.Gold. Limster, Spoony Bard and I headed there on the recommendation of Melanie Wong - yet another confirmation of her chowhound greatness. It was the best Vietnamese food I've had, perhaps others can compare with the Little Saigon locale. We ordered way too much, it's good value and Limster suggested the Atkins-esque approach of taking the starches and reheatables home. Highlights:
Claypot chicken rice. Excellent chicken which was rapidly devoured. Many diced vegetables and roast pork in the rice.
Banh xeo. Fried pancake with prawns, wrapped into lettuce leaves with mint, basil &c. Superb!
Spring rolls with pork balls. Very popular appetizer, contains a crispy fried something in the middle for textural contrast. Tremendous.
Hanoi style char-grilled pork with bun. Not the familiar bun where one mixes the vermicelli with vegetable fixings and throws in the nuoc cham. This one gets the lettuce leaf "burrito" treatment. Outstanding.
Broken rice with assorted stuff. I'm no expert but the broken rice texture was terrific, and the fish cake, peppery steamed egg, shredded pork, and grilled pork top-notch.
Many exciting drinks as per tradition! I like the soda with pickled plum.
Low End Theory