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"Diep Tran, 38, spent most of her childhood in the restaurant business. She came to the United States in 1978 from Vietnam, and was raised in the Los Angeles suburbs. Since the early 1980s, her aunt and uncle have run the Pho 79 chain, among the first Vietnamese restaurants in Southern California. [...] Today Ms. Tran is the chef and owner of the Good Girl Dinette in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. It’s a casually chic, bohemian sort of place, serving organic — and sometimes tweaked — versions of the food she grew up with: banh mi made with roasted oyster mushrooms and chicken curry potpie, topped with a buttermilk biscuit crust. [...] It might be the archetypal second-generation restaurant." — "Based on an Old Family Recipe," The New York Times


"The spicy fries are astonishingly good — topped with the mince of cilantro, fresh chiles and garlic you usually see on Vietnamese-Chinese fried crab or squid. The chicken pot pie, made with a yellow Vietnamese curry and topped with a dense, crisp-topped biscuit, is wonderful. And the clove-spiked beef stew, plumped out with plenty of carrots, is a perfect amalgam of Vietnamese flavors and Depression-era diner cooking, a blend that seems to be exactly what this neighborhood, and these times, demand." Jonathan Gold, "Good Girl Dinette: Depression-Era Dining," L.A. Weekly


"There are many, many reasons to visit chef-owner Diep Tran's cozy "dinette," which can best be described as a mash-up of an old-school diner and a Vietnamese restaurant. Sort of. The list starts with the coffee, either Vietnamese coffee or some of the excellent drinks pulled at the little Cognoscenti coffee cart that's recently been permanently installed. From there, there's breakfast  — pho or porridge or Tran's excellent hashes or, if you're lucky, her remarkable hand pies. (If you're even luckier, it will be moon pie season.) Later in the day, there are banh mi and the near-legendary chicken pot pies, noodle salads and little pots of pork confit and the plates of addictive spicy fries. Did we mention the hand pies?"  — 10 Best Restaurants in Highland Park — L.A. Weekly


An Insider's Guide to Highland Park — Vogue

18 Amazing Women Rocking the LA Scene — Zagat

Cheap Eats, Cheap Labor: The Hidden Human Costs Of Those Lists — NPR

Cheap Eats, Cheap Labor — Good Food

Celebrating the Badass Women Who Drive L.A.'s Food Scene — LA Weekly

Interview with Diep Tran — Lucky Peach

8 Best Restaurants for Chicken Wings in L.A. — L.A. Weekly

The 17 Best Places in LA to Eat on a Budget — Vice Munchies

How Good Girl Dinette's Diep Tran Made Peace with Pie — L.A. Times

Diep Tran Serves Pie Advice — Good Food

Porridge and Its (Dis)Contents — L.A. Times

Top Los Angeles Savory Pies — Food GPS

Good Girl Dinette's Diep Tran on Surviving the Recession and Winning Over Highland Park — Eater

Banh Mi Goes Gourmet: Here's 11 of Los Angeles' Best — L.A. Times  

Best Brunch in L.A. — Thrillist

Where to Eat on Highland Park's Figueroa Street — LAist

Q & A with Good Girl Dinette's Diep Tran: The Politics of Breakfast + Fielding Questions about One's Heritage — L.A. Weekly

Best Potpie in Los Angeles — L.A. Weekly

5 Questions for Diep Tran — L.A. Times

The Top 6 Places to Taste the New Asian Fusion — Bon Appetit

Free Lunch – KCET

Comfort Food in Any Country – KCET

A Movable Beast: L.A. Weekly’s 99 Essential Restaurants – L.A. Weekly

Jonathan Gold's 99 Things to Eat in L.A. Before You Die – L.A. Weekly

The Hungry Metropolis – Saveur

Once Bitten, Twice Fried: Best French Fries in Los Angeles – L.A. Weekly

Jonathan Gold’s 99 Essential L.A. Restaurants – L.A. Weekly

Scene Setter: Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park – L.A. Times

Good Girl Dinette Plays Nice in Highland Park – L.A. Times