ALA Annual: Where to Eat, Part 1

Can you believe it? The ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim is next month!

You still have a chance to take advantage of Early Bird Registration – just $215 for YALSA members until midnight on Sunday, May 13th. And once you’ve registered, plan out your conference activities with the ALA Conference Scheduler. Take a look at YALSA’s events at ALA Annual for ideas on how to fill your schedule!

Now that your detailed planning is underway, it’s time to figure out where to eat during the Conference. There is a wealth of excellent dining in the Orange County area. Where to start? To help you solve that dilemma, YALSA’s Conference Marketing and Local Arrangements Committee is kicking off a series of posts about restaurants in and around Anaheim. Bon apetit!

Did you know Orange County is home to the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam? The Little Saigon area, a short 15 minute drive from the Anaheim Convention Center, is rich with authentic Vietnamese culture, and of course, delicious food.

If you’ve never tried Vietnamese food, consider Brodard Restaurant. People come from near and far to sample their famous spring rolls. Boasting over 100 traditional Vietnamese dishes, there’s something for everyone here– but the spring rolls are an absolute must. Pork, shrimp, or vegetables are neatly bundled in translucent rice paper wrap with lettuce, carrot, cucumber, and a crunchy sliver of fried rice paper tucked inside. Crisp, fresh, and flavorful, these rolls are meant to be eaten by hand and dipped in the restaurant’s famous savory sauce.

Brodard - Nem nuong cuon and chao tom cuon
Photo by manda_wong

The restaurant’s casual, modern ambience makes for a pleasant lunch spot, and at three rolls for $4.50, a meal is reasonably priced. There are often long lines due to the popularity of the spring rolls, so plan ahead.

Brodard Restaurant is located at 9892 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92844
Visit them online at

We’ll be back next week with another Orange County restaurant recommendation. See you in Anaheim!

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