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Pho in Outer Richmond?

bernalgirl Jan 4, 2009 08:40 AM

Looking for a great place to get a steaming bowl of pho after a walk at Lands End. Outer Richmond would be ideal, but can drive further in if that makes more sense. I've read mixed reports about the Geary Turtle Tower location so am interested in anything you all have to say about that destination.


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  1. Xiao Yang RE: bernalgirl Jan 4, 2009 09:25 AM

    PPQ Dungeness? Don't know about their pho, but they are generally liked.

    1. Civil Bear RE: bernalgirl Jan 4, 2009 10:45 AM

      For Pho Ga (chicken) I really like Turtle Tower on Geary between 21st & 22nd Ave's. Superb broth and house-made noodles.

      I haven't had the Pho at PPQ Dungeness Island, but one of my favorite beef pho's is at their original restaurant on Irving at 19th.

      Turtle Tower Restaurant
      5716 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

      PPQ Vietnamese Cuisine
      1816 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

      PPQ Dungeness Island
      2332 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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        baron45 RE: Civil Bear Jan 4, 2009 12:14 PM

        There is a relatively new Pho place two blks away from PPQ on Clement St. It's btwn 22nd & 23rd Ave.

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          DezzerSF RE: Civil Bear Jan 4, 2009 02:25 PM

          I love PPQ on Irving for their five spiced chicken pho. The chicken is outstanding.

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            Zinc Saucier RE: DezzerSF Jan 4, 2009 04:03 PM

            I like PPQ for their curry chicken pho. So delicious!

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            realspear RE: Civil Bear Jan 4, 2009 04:48 PM

            Irving Street is not in the Richmond. It is in the Sunset.

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              Civil Bear RE: realspear Jan 5, 2009 10:41 AM

              Per the OP: "Outer Richmond would be ideal, but can drive further in if that makes more sense."

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            hankstramm RE: bernalgirl Jan 4, 2009 08:30 PM

            Turtle Tower is like the Soup Nazis of Pho. Pho Garden on Clement and 21st is the best. Try the #8 if you have a big appetite. The service can be a little, ehh, but they are really nice, unlike Turtle Tower that will give you a hard time for asking for hoison....

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              Civil Bear RE: hankstramm Jan 5, 2009 10:43 AM

              I have never had a problem with the service at TT. But then again, I've never asked for the hoison sauce...

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                siulan_99 RE: hankstramm Jan 10, 2009 09:38 AM

                I like Pho Garden on Clement and 22nd Avenue, because it's clean and the atmosphere is quiet so that you can enjoy your meal. The chicken broth is excellent. Everything comes out fresh. The service is nice and they have wine and beer. It's very reasonable priced. It's the best kept secret in the neighborhood.

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                  baron45 RE: siulan_99 Jan 10, 2009 10:03 AM

                  I drove by another new Pho place on Clement btwn 19th & 20th. I think it used to be Grand River (a hot pot place).

              2. singleguychef RE: bernalgirl Jan 5, 2009 11:46 AM

                Just throwing this out there since it hasn't been mentioned, but Quan Ngon (aka Pho Ha Noi) on Clement Street near 8th and 9th Streets have great pho. (The other rice dishes are just so-so, but the pho broth is great and I bet the Pho ga would be good). The place is large and clean. It's across the street from the New May Wah Supermarket so you can do some shopping afterwards.

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                  DezzerSF RE: singleguychef Jan 5, 2009 01:13 PM

                  I like Pho Quan Ngon's northern style Pho, and they have another branch? at 2511 Noriega Street.

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                    siulan_99 RE: singleguychef Jun 2, 2009 08:40 PM

                    They are closed. There's a sign to direct you to their Noriega place.

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                    ecstasis_vitae RE: bernalgirl Jan 6, 2009 05:10 AM

                    Well if you don't mind a place that is completely unpretentious check out the Americana Grill at 36/Balboa. You wouldn't know it by the name but they have great Pho...plus you could walk there from Land's End.

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                      Melanie Wong RE: ecstasis_vitae Jan 6, 2009 04:04 PM

                      Any of the other viet dishes you recommend besides the pho?

                      I'd heard about this diner meets Italian and Vietnamese spot before, but the recs were for breakfast or burgers here. I'd love to hear what's good on the Vietnamese side of the menu.

                      Americana Grill & Fountain
                      3532 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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                      siulan_99 RE: bernalgirl May 30, 2009 10:41 AM

                      Pho Garden, On 22nd Ave and Clement, outside green color, looks like cow decorations. They have 10% special till 5/31/09. Their chicken soup is yummy.

                      Balboa and 46th Avenue? next to Kam's and on the side of the theater. I really like their duck soup.

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                        hankstramm RE: bernalgirl May 31, 2009 07:52 PM

                        They just opened a new location of Pho Clement on Geary & 18th--where Prince Cafe and about 5 other places in the last 10 years.

                        Went there and the Pho was good, but the rolls are greasy and remind me of Chinese..

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                          DezzerSF RE: hankstramm May 31, 2009 09:00 PM

                          Is it called Pho Geary?

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                            hankstramm RE: DezzerSF Jun 1, 2009 08:58 PM

                            No, it's called Pho Clement #2

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                          saffrongold RE: bernalgirl Jun 3, 2009 04:53 PM

                          FYI: Pho garden on Clement and 22nd is closed on Wednesday

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