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Good Vietnamese near the Lower Haight??

answerman Jun 28, 2006 11:24 PM

I realize that I am blessed to live so close to Haight b/w Fillmore and Steiner, but I guess I'm greedy. There are days when Indian, BBQ, Sausages, Thai and Med just don't do it for me.

Sometimes I crave Phở.

Do I always have to head to Clement Street or the Tenderloin?

Is there anything closer?

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  1. Absonot RE: answerman Jun 28, 2006 11:38 PM

    Well, I've never been, but there is a Vietnamese place on 14th at Church - I would consider that close enough to Lower Haight to count.

    It's been open less than a year...I think it's called Will's...

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      cedichou RE: answerman Jun 29, 2006 12:14 AM

      It's been open since January, I believe. It is Will's Vietnamese, in the space of another restaurant which was half-Vietnamese, half Chinese. I had some pho there: decent, but nothing earth shattering. Ban mi was good too, but rather on the pricy side compared to the bare-bone operations on larkin. The space was reviewed by Reidinger last week in the SFBay Guardian. Now if only I knew how to insert a link to that in this fancy new redesign...

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      1. re: cedichou
        Melanie Wong RE: cedichou Jun 29, 2006 07:41 AM

        No "inserting" needed to add a link. Just type it in the body of your message with http://etc. as normal text and voila!

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          cedichou RE: Melanie Wong Jun 30, 2006 06:08 AM

          This is so simple and intuitive, how did I not think about it! Thanks!

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        slickmachines RE: answerman Jun 29, 2006 05:10 AM

        You'll probably have to leave your hood for good Pho. Here are some places that are worth it.

        Vietnam II on Larkin and Ellis is a great Vietnamese restaurant with excellent Pho. I don't order anything else there. They have all varieties of Pho but my fav is Pho tai with beef on the side. If you go there for dinner ask for the lunch menu. The dinner menu, for some odd reason, does not have any pho listed in there.

        Other choices are Pho Hoa on Geary in the Richmond, Sunflower on 16th is another and the closest to you. I have not been to Will's yet.

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          jalapenogrl RE: slickmachines Jun 29, 2006 05:19 PM

          Vietnam II will give you weird looks if you order the pho for dinner. But they are friendly weird looks, and they are happy to get you pho. My friend and I used to go 3-4 times a week and talked them into pho with beef, tofu, and veggies. Maybe an odd combo but tastes wonderful before starting a long day of work.

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            chaddict RE: jalapenogrl Jun 29, 2006 06:04 PM

            I don't believe pho is considered dinner food (I could be wrong). My Viet mother generally ate it as breakfast or lunch.

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          AlleyCat RE: answerman Jun 29, 2006 04:02 PM

          I live near the Lower Haight too and there aren't too many options right in the neighborhood. We usually head out to the inner sunset and go to Yummy Yummy on Irving (between 11th and 12th).

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            mc2 RE: answerman Jun 29, 2006 05:08 PM

            Try Dragonfly ar 9th and Judah. It's outstanding! You can catch the N/Judah two blocks from your house and get off right outside the restaurant.

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              bruce RE: answerman Jun 29, 2006 06:09 PM

              I've seen Will's at 14th & Church, but a quick glance at the menu stopped me from going in. It seems quite expensive compared to the TL & Sunset or Richmond restaurants!!! But, a little further away (Mission) is Sunflower restaurant, with it's two locations (sharing, I believe, one kitchen). They are on 16th St. @ Valencia and Valencia @ 16th. I've never had pho there, though.


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                hammiesmommy RE: answerman Jun 30, 2006 04:40 AM

                Not quite Lower Haight but not Tenderloin either. Turtle Tower II (original one's in Tenderloin) on Geary between 21st and 22nd. Good Hanoi-style noodles.

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                  Lord Griffin RE: answerman Jul 13, 2006 07:43 PM

                  citrus club is at the stanyan end of haight. its a swanky cozy little place filled with haight hipsters and the many various peoples of the haight. ok food. but its worth it in a fix.

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                    chaddict RE: Lord Griffin Jul 13, 2006 08:05 PM

                    But sadly, not Vietnamese. They have their version of pho but not so great.

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