WHY Echo Park mixes it up with a winning combo of reasonable prices and modern Vietnamese food that incorporates a nod to the neighborhood’s Latin American roots.
WHAT Tacos get a burst of rich flavor from pho-style beef, while dishes like Vietnamese crèpes, mi quang (a rice noodle dish with shrimp and pork) and banh mi sandwiches filled with pork, chicken, beef or tofu are classic Vietnamese. Steaming bowls of chicken, beef or vegetarian pho will warm a winter night. The owner’s modern art decorates the sleek space, which also has a small sidewalk patio. Despite its modern style, Xoia has a real neighborhood feel.
WHO Echo Park oldtimers, neighborhood activists, the new hipoisie.