Pho 87 always looks closed from the outside. This unmarked building in Chinatown has darkened windows and a grating over the front door that obscures the neon “open” sign. But once you realize it’s actually not shut down and get inside, you’ll find some excellent pho. All the bowls are under $10, come out quickly, and will definitely help with whatever ails you. Get the pho with rare steak.
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Philippe The Original
Chinatown deli Philippe The Original carries much culinary (and cultural) significance. It’s still very much worth the trip.
Mexicali Taco & Co.
Home to the legendary Vampiro Taco, a meal at Mexicali Taco & Co is one of the best ways you can spend $12 in this town.
They’re putting out some pretty stellar modern Filipino food at Lasa in Chinatown, in an atmosphere that makes you feel at home.
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Pho Orchid is a casual spot in a stripmall in Alhambra, and if you can wait out the lunch rush, you’ll be rewarded with incredible kobe beef pho.
This modern, welcoming Vietnamese cafe fills a long-vacant void along La Brea’s revitalized main corridor.
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