Rooster And The Pig
The wait on line is worth it at this Vietnamese fusion joint just on the other side of the downtown strip, serving up a mix of authentic ingredients and more Americanized leanings. The casual atmosphere and small, shared plate format invites you to linger and take things as they come, while the summer rolls, jasmine tea leaf salad, and lemongrass pork & vermicelli bowl will have you crowing.
Chef/owner Tai Spendley puts a Southern California spin on Vietnamese dishes in a welcoming atmosphere with industrial and wood accents. The star of the menu is Spendley’s take on arancini that coats the fried rice balls in a panko crust and stuffs them with chicken, though the aromatic coconut yellow curry that meets you as soon as you walk through the door is another notable dish. The bar menu features a decent selection of beers and wines, plus sakes, specialty cocktails, and a non-alcoholic section with Vietnamese iced coffee and a sparkling passion fruit drink.
How to book: Walk-ins only. The restaurant is cashless and only accepts credit and ATM cards.