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Good Pho or Vietnamese in the financial district?

Can anyone recommend a good down to earth Vietnamese restaurant in or near the financial district? Thanks!!

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  1. Sai's is decent. Washington St., same block as the Pyramid. Unlike most FiDi spots it's open until 9pm.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I think that Golden Flower is the place to go for pho, not Sai's. Sai's has really good bun and their rice dishes are really good. The last time I was there, I ordered the chicken & shrimp clay pot and it was SO good. It took forever to be served, but it was worth it. The rice was nice and slightly "burnt" just the way I like it!

    2. ah, excellent - I will check it out. Thanks!!

      1. I tend to go to Golden King which is at 757 Clay just west of Kearny. Good bun and pho and very low key. Our office gets Sai to cater lunch meetings from time to time and it's pretty good but I've never eaten there.

        There's a Pho Hoa in Embarcadero 3 which is a mini-chain and I think is just OK--the people who work there just don't seem to care at all about what they're serving.

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        1. re: farmersdaughter

          Pho Hoa isn't all that mini a chain. They've got something like 80 locations in six countries.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            And they are all serving up some crappy pho...

            1. re: rabaja

              And yet, I've heard from many sources that the Pho Hoa on Jones @ O'Farrell is hands down the best pho in the City -- chain or not, I'd say. I'm biased as well as it was the first place I had it: Pho Tai w/ beef on the side.

              I don't speak for any other Pho Hoa though.

              1. re: cab1024

                Do you mean the one that changed its name to Pho Tan Hoa?
                http://www.chow.com/digest/2737

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  It would appear so. I wonder if they bought out of the chain like when my favorite sushi joint changed from a We Be Sushi to You See Sushi (6th & Judah). BTW, it's still delicious and still cheap.

        2. Golden Star is a sister restaurant of Golden King and seems to be the most popular of the Chinatown pho places, although Golden Flower is my personal favorite.

          Golden Flower
          667 Jackson St.

          Golden Star
          11 Walter U Lum Pl.

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          1. re: david de berkeley

            Just went to Golden Star - it was perfect! Homey, down to earth Pho. I had the number 5 - smaller bowl and simply beef tenderloin. Yummy! I plan to go back and try any of the bbq dishes as they all smelled amazing coming out of the kitchen. Thanks for the recommendation!

            1. re: david de berkeley

              I'm partial to Golden Flower, too, but GK happens to be two blocks closer to the FiDi, which is a consideration for lunch hour. I don't think you ever have to wait for a table at GK either.

            2. Oh, I've been to Pho Hoa in the Embrcadero, which is why I'm on the search for 'real' Pho. It's not -bad- but, it's just not what I'm looking for. thanks for the reccomendations!