Can Anyone Overthrow Brodard?
|Brodard's nem nuong cuon|
Every single table at Brodard and its fancier cousin, Brodard Château, has an order of these on the table. Are they really the best ones? Or merely the most famous ones?
To find out, we sampled the rolls at Brodard and the same rolls at Dat Thanh, a broken rice specialist on McFadden just off Brookhurst, where Garden Grove, Westminster, Santa Ana and Fountain Valley get together and do the city tango.
Brodard's, the standard, were slightly crunchier. The chive was fried into the crunchy egg roll wrapper and the cucumber was more pronounced. The meat, however, tasted more like the grill than like the patty. The sauce was nicely balanced but slightly sweet.
|Dat Thanh's nem nuong cuon|
Prices are similar; $6 for four rolls. We liked Dat Thanh's slightly more, but frankly we wouldn't pass up either if they were offered. If you choose to continue eating Brodard's version, you're better off at the original restaurant on Westminster Ave. than the upscale Ricola commercial reject on Trask.
Dat Thanh, 10032 McFadden Ave., Westminster; (714) 650-0910.
Brodard, 9892 Westminster Ave., Westminster; (714) 530-1744.
Brodard Château, 9100 Trask Ave., Garden Grove; (714) 899-8273.