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Feb 9, 2007 01:22 PM

Pho in San Diego?

I used to get excellent Pho in Seattle (and oh man, the cream puffs!) but where can I find it in San Diego? I'm looking for a place that has a good fried tofu or chicken Pho. Do they serve cream puffs with Pho here? Help!

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  1. My favorite place for pho in San Diego is Pho Pasteur, Linda Vista Road at Mesa College Drive. I haven't been there for quite a while, but I don't recall ever seeing either fried tofu or cream puffs--cream puffs?--on the menu.

    1. Linda Vista is the place to go for the best Pho in San Diego. Try Pho Hoa, near the Linda Vista Library. It is a typical Vietnamese place, with a worn-out look, but the Pho is first-rate.

      Cream puffs do not normally come with Pho. That must be something that they do at the restaurant that you are used to in Seattle. I am Vietnamese. You would need to go to a Vietnamese bakery to get Cream Puffs and there are many in San Diego.

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      1. re: SDchow

        What is your favorite Viet bakery? I live in Oceanside and unfortunately I don't think there is any good ones near me unless I go up to OC.

        1. re: SDchow

          pho hoa gives monster portions for pho. And their soup is always pipping hot.

        2. My wife likes Pho Ga, and our favorite place in Mid-City is Pho Ca Dao. It is a nice clean restaurant with quick service and good prices. The Pho Bo broth is excellent, and the chicken is nice too. There are a dozen other places along El Cajon blvd between the 15 and SDSU, so if you live near the area it is a good place to try; we've never had a bad bowl and many have been very good.

          1. I don't know what the Vietnamese restaurant situation is in Seattle, but I think it is a cuisine well represented in San Diego. The dishes you ask about are not ones that I usually order, but anyone interested in Vietnamese and other Asian foods in SD needs to look at Kirkk's blog:


            He has numerous links and also has broken up the posts into categories like Vietnamese and Pho (though he usually just has beef pho). But the blog is an incredible resource.


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            1. Pho T Cali on Clairemont Mesa Drive is good. They have chicken pho but no cream puffs.