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Thoughts on Co Nam? [San Francisco]

gourmandish Dec 27, 2012 12:45 PM

Hi SF 'hounds,

Will be making my annual January pilgrimage to your fair city in a couple of weeks. Have already made dinner reservations at Rich Table, AQ, and La Folie (was my second choice for a blowout meal; Saison will not be open yet in the new location when I visit).

I'm still not sure about the final night there, however. My first inclination was St. Vincent, but I was looking at Co Nam's website and now I'm vacillating.

Pros for St. Vincent: I'm a bit of a wine geek and David Lynch seems to have some really intriguing choices and I like that I can order a 1/2 bottle of almost anything. I've heard the food is really good as well, and I like as a solo diner being able to dine communally.

Pros for Co Nam: Travelled to Vietnam a few years ago and loved the food, particularly the street food. Close to where I'm staying (Nob Hill area). Would maybe break up a rather Eurocentric list of restaurants.

If I could go to St. Vincent for one of their lunches that would solve things, but sadly will be working during the day.

Any thoughts would be welcome!

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  1. Melanie Wong RE: gourmandish Jan 2, 2013 05:33 PM

    Can't be of any help, but I hope we'll hear from someone who has eaten there. Apparently it took over Tajine's space.

    Co Nam
    1653 Polk Street
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    (415) 292-6161

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      youngsf RE: gourmandish Jan 2, 2013 11:19 PM

      There are other Vietnamese restos closed to Co Nam that I can recommend.

      Bodega Bistro on Larkin. This is a Northern Vietnamese cuisine. It has excellent quail, crab roll, and beef jerky salad.

      On the same block as Bodega is Pagolac. This is a southern cuisine. Anh Hong on Geary (Hyde?) serves pretty much the same as Pagolac: Beef 7 courses.

      One block from Bodega is Saigon Sandwich--possibly one of the best places in the US to get the Vietnamese sandwich banh mi.

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        gourmandish RE: youngsf Jan 3, 2013 08:10 AM

        Thanks very much! I love Saigon Sandwich, been there many times - usually plan at least one lunch there when I come to town.

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