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!
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.
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.
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.
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.