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Best Pho in SF?

Looking for great pho in SF. Suggestions, please!

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  1. Yummy Yummy on irving & clement. their pho is msg free.

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    1. re: shanghaikid

      Correct me if I am wrong, but there is no Irving and Clement intersection...
      Is there one shop on Irving, and another on Clement?

      1. re: Tripeler

        1015 Irving St, San Francisco between 11th and 12th.

        1. re: Tripeler

          yes, they have 2 stores, one at 914 clement, original one at 1015 irving.
          heartell they have great banh mi too.

          1. re: shanghaikid

            Is the second restaurant the same name or disguised as Y & Y Vietnamese Cuisine?
            914 Clement St
            (between 11th Ave & 10th Ave)

            1. re: wolfe

              looks like it's listed as Y & Y Vietnamese at 914 clement st.

      2. I think the Pho at Sunflower on Valencia Street is quite good, but I haven't done a comprehensive tasting of Pho in the City. Also on Valencia St. is the newly opened Mau -- I had their wonton soup there and thought it was excellent. So I would have strong expectations for their pho.

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        1. re: SFDude

          Mau's Pho was just OK. Not to be that guy but also the service was absurdly awful.

          1. re: SFDude

            to be honest, i was expecting mau's pho to be watered down and disappointing, but it was a clean, sweet, tasty rendition. the noodles were stuck together in a huge gummy clump, but the broth was clear and had a nice flavor and the homemade sriracha was vibrant and had a satisfying kick. going to agree with hungree that service was very poor.

            1. re: possumspice

              I had good service, though it really isn't that difficult to deliver a bowl of soup and a drink to a person at lunch. Hopefully your bad experience was just a new restaurant thing; I think the menu at Mau looks interesting and want try more stuff.

            2. re: SFDude

              Mau is reportedly more or less a second branch of Tín.

              1. re: SFDude

                Went back to Mau again for lunch today and I spotted Danny Bowien, if that means anything. Had another bowl of pho with tendon and I have to say...I am hard-pressed to think of another bowl of pho in the city that I like better. I do enjoy Turtle Tower in the Tenderloin, but that's a very different style.

                Had the pho at Yummy Yummy once a while ago, but I found it to be quite bland the one time I tried it. Could have been an off day. I went to the branch on Irving. (Another time I went there for dinner and really enjoyed the entrees, so I believe the quality there is probably pretty high overall). My usual spot is Pho Tan Hoa, but I like Mau's bowl better and it's a lot closer to my house.

                My comment on the service, having been there a second time, is that it's very friendly, but pretty disorganized. Hopefully they're just working out the kinks. It was significantly emptier than the first time I was there, possibly because Curry Up Now just opened up two doors down.

                1. re: possumspice

                  Having been inspired by this chain, I went to Mau for lunch today and very much liked the Pho. The broth is nice and rich, maybe not as complex as some, but very satisfying. The beef was relatively tender and had real flavor (which is often lacking in Pho). The service was a bit casually gruff but very efficient.

              2. Yummy Yummy gets my vote for Favorite Pho. Their broth is light and flavorful without the msg. They are generous with their noodles, meats and garnishes. We've never strayed from our top picks: the pho tai (just the beef, no balls or tendon), five-spice chicken (tasty and crispy - served on the side on a plate with a steak knife) or the chicken curry (hot and spicy, with potatos and nice clean shredded chicken pieces).

                Service is always fast and friendly and the owners are so so nice - even if you have to wait, you will be greeted like a long lost family friend.

                We recently tried Pho Ha Tien II on Ocean Avenue (1900 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127), but they were not nearly as tasty as Yummy Yummy.

                1. Turtle Towers in the Loin? I've heard it is good

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                  1. re: vealcheek

                    Turtle Tower serves Northern style pho: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/301610

                    They also offer fresh noodles.

                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                      FYI, from their FB Page:
                      Turtle Tower at 631 Larkin Street will close its door permanently on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm as we prepare to transition to our new location at 645 Larkin Street, which is expected to open April 2013.

                  2. Pho Tan Hoa on Jones and Eddy. Pho Clement II.

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                    1. re: PulledPork

                      Pho Clement II has been gone some time now. Now called "Good Noodle Restaurant". I believe after their legal problems they changed the name, but I think I've heard the staff is the same. If that is true, than I second them cause they were pretty great.

                      1. re: kairo

                        tried "good noodle restaurant's" pho tai gan, generous portion of noodles, fast service, fresh toppings okay, broth heavily flavored with 5 spice.

                        only drawback is the msg aftertaste. good pho overall.

                      2. re: PulledPork

                        pho tan hoa is the best in the city! i have been going here for more than ten years, and its the same employees, really clean and the best tasting pho in sf