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vietnamese restuurants in San Jose

michaelinsf Jul 8, 2012 11:43 AM

My wife and I had good Vietnamese food years ago - fairly near a museum and or the main library. They had a type of noodle roll - sort of a pillow with meat on top - that we don't see in SF.

Any suggestions? We're heading for San Jose today!


  1. Melanie Wong Jul 10, 2012 09:12 PM

    Where did you end up?

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      od_sf Jul 8, 2012 04:15 PM

      If you live in SF and are headed to SJ I would recommend the one dish that no one seems to be able to make at SF Viet restaurants: Bun Bo Hue (Spicy Hue-style beef & rice vermicelli noodle soup). There are a couple really good bun bo hue places in SJ; my favorite is Bun Bo Hue An Nam.

      Bun Bo Hue An Nam
      740 Story Rd Ste 3
      San Jose, CA 95122
      (408) 993-1755

      PS: If anyone can recommend decent bun bo hue in SF, I would love some input. I've tried it at a dozens + places and have been severely disappointed every single time. I've given up on eating it in SF but always down to try again based on a fellow chowhound rec.

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      1. re: od_sf
        chezwhitey Jul 8, 2012 05:07 PM

        make sure to get it with pizzle.

      2. drewskiSF Jul 8, 2012 01:11 PM

        noodle roll sounds like Banh Cuon.

        Banh Cuon Tay Ho (2895 Senter) is probably the best known. It's a branch of a chain based in Westminster, CA. They also have a branch in Oakland Chinatown
        I like the Banh Cuon at Thien Huong (1818 Tully in Lion Plaza)

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          Alan408 Jul 8, 2012 12:41 PM

          Vung Tau ?

          1. Robert Lauriston Jul 8, 2012 11:48 AM

            The food court at Grand Century Mall is great and there's nothing like it in SF.


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