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Cordon Bleu Vietnamese Restaurant - #4 half a 5-spice roast chicken for $7.60, SF - anyone?

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Read a review in the SFWeekly about Cordon Bleu Vietnamese Restaurant claiming to be the first Vietnamese restaurant in SF, opened in 1968. Katie Yu, Chinese owner from HK, recipes from previous owner.

Anyone try the #4 - half a 5-spice roast chicken w/ country salad & meat (pork) sauce on rice $7.60? Meat sauce on rice is their signature dish.

Cordon Bleu Vietnamese Restaurant
1574 California (at Polk), SF
415-673-5637

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Cordon Bleu Vietnamese
1574 California St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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  1. my first taste of Vietnamese food was the same dish from that establishment in the early 70s and it was $4. then, maybe less. loved it, but have not gone back since moving from the city. good to know it has survived, thanks

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    1. re: moto

      I love this place. It's cheap and delicious with huge portions. I usually have enough for a second meal.

    2. This place is fantastic. Just went again a few days ago - the chicken salad (cabbage, peanuts, etc with that same five spice chicken on top) is amazing. It's tiny, with probably 15 seats total, so I recommend take out.

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      Cordon Bleu Vietnamese
      1574 California St, San Francisco, CA 94109

      1. you'll like it a lot more if you just think of it as some hole in the wall asian restaurant, rather than a vietnamese restaurant. the food is delicious, but the only thing on the menu that's really vietnamese are the imperial rolls (which are really really good).

        1. Interesting that it's changed hands. Found my post from September 2001 . . . and reading it again, I'm still mad. Ordered that same combo. But since I seem to hit up Cordon Bleu once a decade, maybe it's time to return.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/17551

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          Cordon Bleu Vietnamese
          1574 California St, San Francisco, CA 94109