I've always loved Vietnamese spring rolls (who doesn't) and lately I just can't get enough. I never eat veggies or salads but roll them up and I suddenly can't get enough. Recently I've even thought of making my own but then I came to my lazy senses. This hasn't kept me dreaming up bizarre versions. What about shredded green papaya and ground chile pepper? Or dark chocolate and mango?
Who do you thinks makes the best Goi Cuon in LA and don't say your mom unless you're willing to give me her address.
I live in Silver Lake so I started there:
Pho Cafe - The best in Silver Lake but they could be better. They lack a crunch that I find crucial to the experience. They are nice enough to add jalapeno when I remember to ask. Serves cold pho. Cash only. Serves beer. Bottled soft drinks -- orange soda. Parking lot is always full.
GingerGrass - Fine spring rolls but boring. Can't say why they just aren't that great. No cold pho. Can get really loud. Usually a waiting list. Serves wine and beer. Tasty lychee mimosa. Free rice chip things. Across the street from Silver Lake Wine which has evening tastings (Sunday, Monday, Thursday 5-9).
Lu Sub - Lame -- mostly whole lettuce leaves. 1 table.
Outside of Silver Lake that I've tried recently:
Pho Saigon (next to KyoChon on West Sixth) - Lame spring rolls were mostly shredded lettuce lame. Fortunately I Iove shredded lettuce. Parking lot is insane!