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Benley: A Vietnamese Kitchen

Map & Directions 8191 E. Wardlow Road
Long Beach, CA 90808
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562-596-8130
  • Vietnamese
  • Mon 5pm-9pm, Tue 11am-9pm, Wed-Sat 11am-10pm
  • Business Dining, Catering, Takeout
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
  • Parking Lot Available

Description

LA Weekly's Description

No self-respecting Vietnamese person who is aware that Little Saigon exists
could ever accept some of the prices Benley charges. This small, long
hallway of a restaurant on the outskirts of Long Beach-where it encroaches
on Cypress and
Los Alamitos-levies $9 for a bowl of pho and $5 for banh mi. Little
Saigonites
would be right to balk-and you should, too. But to dismiss Benley on this
alone
would be a mistake. Focus instead on dishes you're not likely to find on
Bolsa Avenue,
such as the braised short rib on mashed avocado, a tender-as-sin hunk of
meat
slow-braised to be anise-scented and yielding when you tug
at it with chopsticks. And the fried cuttlefish, which is just like all
other
crispy calamari appetizers, yes, but tossed in a zesty salt-pepper-lemon
mixture
and some wilted cilantro to make it surprisingly addicting. Definitely stick
around for dessert, particularly the unfussy and downright-earnest bananas
Fosters served with a scoop of
ice cream and chopped nuts.

 
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  • John C. on 05/29/10

    get the Pho.. too die for!!

  • Nausicaa D. on 09/05/12

    My favorite pho outside of Little Saigon. The tofu Bahn Mi is to die for :)

  • Shannon J. on 12/02/13

    The spicy green beans are a must-have here. They are so good, they are addictive. Don't say I didn't warn you...

  • Chrystal on 08/31/13

    Spicy green beans is a must try!

  • Marielle M. on 04/14/13

    Love the lunch special, half bahn mi/half pho for around 9 bucks <3

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