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Vietnamese restaurant as good/better than Slanted Door?

There was one thread where several Chowhounds seemed to feel there was another Vietnamese restaurant as good or better than Slanted Door with food at about half the price. I can't find it now. Does anyone remember the name? Do they allow you to bring in wine?

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  1. Might be Bodega Bistro? Not sure if you can bring your own wine, but they definitely serve wine.

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    Bodega Bistro
    607 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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    1. re: Dave MP

      You can bring wine. I think they charge a small corkage.

    2. I prefer Tamarine in Palo Alto and La Vie in SF to Slanted Door... Tamarine probably costs the same as SD. La Vie is less expensive, but it's also fairly modest inside - not a dive, but not upscale.

      Other upscale Vietnamese restaurants people named were Ana Mandara and Bong Su (I haven't been to either).

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      1. re: daveena

        Bong Su has the same people behind it as Tamarine, so it's probably comparable.

        1. re: daveena

          Taste wise, I second La Vie, Yummy Yummy, PPQ over Slanted Door.

        2. I prefer Bodega Bistro to Slanted Door. Slanted Door uses some higher-quality ingredients, and has a more exciting wine list, but I think Bodega Bistro's cooking is just as good, and I prefer everything else about the place. At last report corkage was $9.

          1. Maybe Bong Su, but food is not half the price. Its a similar upscale Vietnamese place.

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            Bong Su
            311 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

            1. Dragonfly in the Inner Sunset (Judah and 9th Ave) is good. I've heard it compared/described as a low price, non-pretentious Slanted Door alternative. It's pretty mellow, reasonably priced and still relatively undiscovered.

              An SFBG review, fwiw:
              http://www.sfbg.com/39/45/x_dine.html