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!
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.