You’ll like Blossom for its food, but you’ll love it for its owner, Duc Pham. Duc is a Swiss knife at Blossom, bouncing from chef, bartender, interior designer and sommelier: ask for a table in the basement and you’ll see his glass-walled wine cellar. Start off with some Goi Cuon (shrimp and pork spring rolls with a side of peanut sauce), or spice it up with Bo Cuon (beef spring rolls with a hint of lemongrass in the beef marinade). Follow with any of the pho, although the Pho Tai (rare steak) is a must for meat-eaters. Pair it with Ca Phe Sua Da (Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk), a local beer or browse through Duc’s extensive wine list. Born in Vietnam as the youngest of nine siblings, Duc emigrated after the war in dangerous conditions, which went from a shipwreck to living on a Malaysian island’s beach until they were rescued the the US Navy. Duc Pham told LA Weekly: “It was the best time of my life on that island. Everything after that — everything now — is just a bonus.”

 

Where? 4019 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

When? Monday-Sunday 12-3:30PM and 6-10PM

What? blossomrestaurant.com

How? No reservations

Style: Vietnamese

Price: Soups $10-15

Neighborhood: Silverlake

Best for: Dinner

 

Other locations:

Downtown: 426 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Chinatown: 451 Gin Ling Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Santa Monica: 2821 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405