Located in Orange County and part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Westminster
is a vibrant city home to an area known as Little Saigon. With many Vietnamese-Americans living in the area, it is no surprise that there are many venues serving Vietnamese dishes. Westminster is also home to many other culinary delights, making it a truly diverse place to select when dining out. Here’s our top picks for tasting the local cuisine in Westminster.
Family owned and operated, Adriano’s Pizza is a no-frills neighborhood eatery tantalizing the taste buds of diners with its Italian eats. Serving sandwiches, pasta, and of course, pizza with a variety of toppings, this establishment prides itself on making everything from scratch using family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Must-try options include the eponymous Adriano’s pizza special with cheese, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, and bell peppers and the white pizza with cheese, alfredo sauce, chicken, and grated parmesan. Try these pies and more seven days a week.
Adriano’s Pizza, 6152 Garden Grove Blvd, Westminster, CA, USA, +1 714 898 0211
Bo De Tinh Tam Chay
Specializing in authentic Vietnamese cuisine, Bo De Tinh Tam Chay is a warm, inviting establishment serving an array of flavorful options. Within a lovely interior space adorned with warm earth tones plus some greenery, guests will have access to a menu brimming with Vietnamese delicacies, including appetizers, vermicelli, noodle soup, and porridge. Some of the dishes, which guests rave about, include the tofu stew with steamed rice rolls, vegetarian bird’s nest, the fried basil mushrooms, and baked eggplant to name but a few. A vegetarian’s dream, the entire menu is plant-based, but meat lovers will enjoy it as well.
Bo De Tinh Tam Chay, 15352 Beach Blvd, Westminster, CA, USA, +1 714 891 4455
Restaurant, Fast Food, American, $$$
Offering ‘fusion fun foods,’ Katie’s Munchies is a delightful, budget-friendly restaurant. A fast-casual venue, Katie’s started out a food truck that sold its eclectic eats at a local high school, and because of its success, a brick-and-mortar shop opened in 2014. Some of the tasty options on the menu include the chicken, egg, and hash brown sandwich, the spam and cheese tater tots, meatball fries, Hawaiian BBQ pork sliders, lemon-pepper noodles with egg, and popcorn shrimp. It’s simple food with a twist. The menu also offers a host of beverages, such as Thai milk tea, green tea float, and chrysanthemum tea.
Katie’s Munchies, 10051 McFadden Ave, Westminster, CA, USA, +1 714 643 4812
Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
Serving Vietnamese fare, Ngu Bihn is a very popular venue with a welcoming environment. The lovely décor features a lot of dark woods, light walls adorned with art, plus beautiful plants and flowers, making it a wonderful place to relax while enjoying a host of wonderful flavors. Start a meal with a refreshing beverage, such as Vietnamese iced coffee or the avocado milk shake, before moving on to main dishes like the ever-popular bun bo hue. This is a spicy beef soup with ingredients such as beef shank, skin-on pork foot, and pork blood cubes to name a few. It is packed full of unique yet delicious flavors.
Ngu Bihn, 14092 Magnolia St, Westminster, CA, USA, +1 714 903 6000
Restaurant, American, $$$
Project West is an eclectic venue specializing in burgers and a number of other innovative dishes imbued with global flavors. Earning popularity very quickly, the restaurant’s interior has a rustic-industrial vibe with grey walls, wooden accents, plus a variety of chairs, which includes some metal pieces. As for food, the roasted Brussels sprouts with candied walnuts, pine nuts, dried cranberries, and miso vinaigrette makes a great starter, while the lamburghini burger made with a spiced-lamb patty, red onions, tzatziki, cucumber, lettuce, and tomato all on a brioche bun is a tasty main dish. Be sure to try the refreshing cantaloupe horchata.
Project West, 7132 W. Garden Grove Blvd, Westminster, CA, USA, +1 714 890 0111
Cafe, Tea , $$$
Roasting Water is a popular, cozy coffee shop serving not only coffee drinks but also smoothies, fruit tea, lemonade, plus much more. Priding themselves on using quality ingredients, the team at Roasting Waters uses fresh, seasonal fruits, no artificial flavors, and delicious, rich Ghirardelli chocolate for its hot chocolates. Often described as ‘cute,’ the interior features an array of adorable mugs, which are available for purchase. Open every day, guests can try highlights such as the avocado smoothie, which pairs avocado with condensed milk, the ‘Joker’s Tea’ or jackfruit shaken tea with jackfruit chunks, and coconut shavings, and the ‘Café Sua Da’ or espresso with condensed milk.
Roasting Water, 7925 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CA, USA, +1 714 893 1800
Taco Grill is a budget-friendly option for diners seeking fresh Mexican eats within a friendly atmosphere. A fast-casual joint, this grill offers indoor seating and an outdoor dining area, which is covered to shield customers from the sun. The menu is brimming with great options, including the grilled chicken alambres tacos with bacon, green peppers, and onions, the popcorn shrimp tacos with avocado, pico de gallo, and Mexican sour cream, and the chimichanga filled with choice of meat, lightly fried and covered with cheese.
Taco Grill, 8481 Heil Ave, Westminster, CA, USA, +1 714 841 2444
Thanh Mai Vietnamese Cuisine
Thanh Mai is a casual space with bright yellow walls, where diners can savor a host of dishes for meat lovers plus a selection of vegetarian options. Carnivorous eaters will enjoy the goat curry with potatoes served with French bread, white rice, or rice vermicelli, while vegetarians can feast upon rice vermicelli with vegetables, tofu, mint, cucumber, bean sprouts, and peanuts. They also have a large selection of rice noodle and vermicelli dishes along with beverages and sweet treats.
Thanh Mai Vietnamese Cuisine, 9142 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA, USA, +1 714 735 4451
Bar, Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
Loved by sushi aficionados, Sagami Tei is an restaurant serving sushi and other Japanese dishes. While the interior may be simple, the food is bursting with fresh flavors. Sushi lovers can take delight in any number of special rolls, including the caterpillar roll with fresh water eel, crab meat, and cucumber on the inside and avocado outside and the tiger roll with shrimp tempura, crab meat, avocado, and cucumber inside topped with shrimp. They also offer entrées, such grilled chicken teriyaki served with vegetable tempura and deep fried shrimp and vegetable, plus selections from the Teppan bar, including filet mignon.
Sagami Tei, 16511 Magnolia St, Westminster, CA, USA, +1 714 842 7677
Uncle Pete's Café
Cafe, Diner, American
Uncle Pete’s Café
Uncle Pete’s Café features a homely environment that is fun for the entire family. This café is a great option for the brunch crowd as it serves breakfast all day. If craving breakfast, the hearty chicken fried steak with country gravy and eggs and the waffle with banana, caramel syrup and whipped cream are two must try options. For lunch or dinner, try the Greek chicken with rice pilaf and Greek salad or the wet pork burrito served with rice, beans, chips, and salsa. The menu is diverse ensuring something for everyone.
Uncle Pete’s Cafe, 14276 Beach Blvd, Westminster, CA, USA, +1 714 893 4991