|Goat blood pudding topped with goat liver; Photo by Elina Shatkin--I owe you a taco acorazado for this...|
Right now, in the Orange County we currently live in culinarily--a wonderful, exciting time, with great restaurants opening weekly even in this Great Recession and the old guard still vibrant--the seven courses of goat offered by Binh Dan embodies our greatest attributes. It's ethnic--unapologetically so. It's sustainable and organic--the goat meat used here comes from the family's goat farm in the Inland Empire. It's epic--seven courses of goat!--and unique: few places in Little Saigon sell goat, let alone seven courses of it.
Binh Dan is family-owned, and therefore individualistic: the restaurant will close at a whim. It's in a strip mall, our quintessential treasure chest for great eats. It's incredibly affordable--a bit less than $20, with more than enough food for two. It uses goat, a much-underappreciated creature. But, most importantly, it's a stunner at each level.