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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.

    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.

            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:

              1. Yummy Yummy, on Irving near 11th in the Sunset, is mentioned often. On their wall is an article from a local paper that did an explicit comparison between Yummy Yummy and Slanted Door that praised Yummy Yummy profusely. I agree. Try the raw beef salad, five spice chicken, and bahn khot.

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                1. re: david kaplan

                  I clicked onto this thread to recommend Yummy Yummy specifically. They're closed Tuesdays, though. Wonderful and very inexpensive food. Don't know about the wine situation.

                  1. re: ccbweb

                    I think it was probably Bodega Bistro but Yummy Yummy looks intriguing. What non-Pho dishes would you recommend that we could order to eat with wine? The salted crab isn't too salty is it? Is the cubed beef dish there like shaking beef at the Slanted door?
                    And are crabs in season now so I can get good crabs?

                    1. re: SteveTimko

                      Hi Steve, yes, Dungeness is still in season...if you want very good roasted Vietnamese crab, you should consider Lotus Garden in my neighborhood, which has a crab tank...and if you want more company and a guide through the menu, email me offline! :-)

                      (not that Yummy Yummy or Bodega Bistro are bad choices either. I think Yummy Yummy is the least atmospheric of the three, and perhaps the most difficult to get to for an out of towner...)

                      1. re: susancinsf

                        I'd say getting to Yummy Yummy is a piece of cake, compared to Lotus Garden. It does have the worst name by far, though.

                        1. re: Xiao Yang

                          Really? Lotus Garden is a ten or fifteen minute walk from 24th St BART and five minutes off of the Cesar Chavez freeway exit from 101; so I guess it depends on where the out of towner is coming from, but based on that I think it is easier for someone coming from the east as OP might be (he is a regular poster about his home town of Reno on the California Boards).

                          Now parking, that is another story....the other night hubby dropped me off at Lotus Garden and went looking for parking: ended up finding a slot in our garage, ten blocks away... :-)

                          1. re: susancinsf

                            Yummy Yummy is a three or four minute walk (one block) from the N-Judah Streetcar line.

                          2. re: Xiao Yang

                            The 14 Mission & 49 Van Ness both stop directly in front of Lotus Garden. The 67 might also, but I'm not sure about that and the Muni site is not being helpful.

                            1. re: Euonymous

                              The 67 does stop in front, as does the 26-Valencia. The 12 and 27 lines also terminate a couple blocks away from Lotus Garden.