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Best Pho on N-Judah west of Sunset Tunnel?

boris_qd Feb 22, 2011 07:10 PM

So the cold weather is coming later this week (dire warnings of snow and all) and I'm thinking a big bowl of pho in the evening would be just the thing. For a variety of reasons I need it somewhere along the N line - and to narrow it down - west of the Sunset Tunnel.


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    Pandora RE: boris_qd Feb 23, 2011 10:21 AM

    I usually go to PPQ at 19th/Irving or so, and also sometimes to Perilla. But at Perilla, I get the garlic noodles or bun, so am not sure how good their Pho is.

    510 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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      Keesey RE: boris_qd Feb 23, 2011 11:59 AM

      Yummy Yummy right next door from San Tung.

      Their other non-pho dishes are great too and I loooove their service! The owner is so nice to new customers and regulars alike. I do like PPQ as mentioned by Pandora, but the bowls at YY seems a bit more substantial and fresh. I often see a clumped ball of noodles that you have to seperate a bit. YY's pho is loose and never overcooked.

      Yummy Yummy
      1015 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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        Windy RE: Keesey Feb 23, 2011 01:11 PM

        I love Yummy Yummy too. PPQ is okay, but this is such a better restaurant all around. Warm friendly service.

        Usual faves besides soup: banh khot, chicken salad, raw beef salad, the vegetarian pineapple/tomato/bamboo pith soup

        Yummy Yummy
        1015 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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          drewskiSF RE: Windy Feb 23, 2011 01:25 PM

          I think Y Y has some of the best Imprial Rolls in the city

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          boris_qd RE: Keesey Feb 24, 2011 09:07 AM

          Are YY and PPQ northern or southern style?

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            sfbing RE: boris_qd Feb 24, 2011 09:39 AM

            both southern

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              Keesey RE: sfbing Feb 24, 2011 11:24 AM

              What are the differences of northern and southern styles of Vietnamese food? I am assuming most Pho places are southern. Turtle Tower I am guessing is northern. Something about not having numerous meats in the pho and lack of condiments on the table. No hoisin sauce? Nooo!

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          bigwheel042 RE: boris_qd Feb 23, 2011 12:24 PM

          Pho Huynh Hiep is my go-to for this area. Consistently good and I prefer it to PPQ for noodles in soup. Perilla wasn't bad the last time I tried it. Haven't had pho at Yummy Yummy in a long time but I seem to remember their making a decent bun bo hue. New Sandy's Cafe is subpar. I'm intrigued by scattered reports of good, dirt-cheap pho at Loi's, but haven't tried it.

          Yummy Yummy
          1015 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

          510 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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            jillyju RE: bigwheel042 Feb 23, 2011 04:54 PM

            I haven't been to Loi's in a very long time, but they were my first introduction to really well-done bun. It's a tiny spot, but if it's still the same family that owned the place as when it first opened, they were always very warm and welcoming, and the food was fresh and well prepared. I never ordered the pho (too obsessed with the bun), but the steaming bowls in front of nearly every other customer in the restaurant looked mighty good.

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              sfbing RE: bigwheel042 Feb 23, 2011 06:40 PM

              It has been a long time, but I recall the broth being pleasantly meaty. Drawback was it was underspiced. Kind of more northern style than southern.

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              sandunga_rbb RE: boris_qd Feb 23, 2011 01:08 PM

              PPQ has been my favorite for years and years. But I believe it changed ownership recently and when I tried it in early February, my favorite dish--summer rolls--had gone significantly downhill, IMO. Padded with celery, which I didn't like.

              1. hill food RE: boris_qd Feb 23, 2011 06:50 PM

                gosh I loved that nabe (19 and Kirkham). woulda stayed except for other issues.

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                  boris_qd RE: boris_qd Feb 26, 2011 08:50 AM

                  Went last night to PPQ. I had the house pho soup (#1) and my wife got the beef saute soup.

                  The pho broth was a little watery and the serving of meat was a little meagre - particularly in my wife's soup - but both were short. There were only two very small strips of the carpaccio and one or two pieces of the other meat in the soup (tendon, flank).

                  It was tasty but I felt I needed to augment the broth with some hoisin and sirracha sauce (which I prefer to not do).

                  My wife's soup broth was quite nice reminding me a little of some thai soups i've had (lime leaf and galangal I think). But again - for something with "beef saute" in the title there were only a couple of small pieces in the bowl.

                  It wasn't so bad that I wouldn't return - If this were the only option in the neighborhood I would gladly go back. But I'll try the other places suggested first.

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