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Best Pho on N-Judah west of Sunset Tunnel?

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.

Suggestions?

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  1. 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.

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    Perilla
    510 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

    1. 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.

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      Yummy Yummy
      1015 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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      1. re: Keesey

        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

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        Yummy Yummy
        1015 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

        1. re: Windy

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

        2. re: Keesey

          Are YY and PPQ northern or southern style?

            1. re: sfbing

              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!

        3. 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.

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          Yummy Yummy
          1015 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

          Perilla
          510 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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          1. re: bigwheel042

            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.

            1. re: bigwheel042

              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.

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

                1. 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.