I went over to Danno’s house to watch football after my basketball game and brunch at BJ’s last week. After the 1pm games ended, we decided to get an early dinner at Golden Deli, probably the most famous Vietnamese restaurant in LA County, assuming that they wouldn’t be busy at the time. Sure enough, they were packed, but we only had to wait a few minutes for a table for four.
I’ve been to Golden Deli many times in the past, but this was my first visit of 2011, because they’re always so busy due to the hype, and that they aren’t necessarily head-and-shoulders above the other Vietnamese restaurants in the SGV. Ben and Larry both ordered pho, and Danno ordered a rice dish. I ordered the bun thit nuong, which is vermicelli with charboiled pork. Solid, but nothing spectacular. I also ordered the cha gio, which are fried Vietnamese spring rolls. I forgot to take a photo of this, but it easily bested the bun thit nuong. If Golden Deli wasn’t always so busy, then I would be more inclined to visit, if just for the spring rolls.
Bun Thit Nuong
Chris Hei grade: B
Golden Deli Vietnamese Restaurant
815 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776