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MarkC Apr 23, 2013 12:58 AM

Valley dwellers should put this Vietnamese restaurant on their radar screen. It is in a strip mall (of course) on Sherman Way and Mason in Canoga Park. Probably the best Asian place I've eaten at in the west valley. Dishes seem to center around dry-rubbed grilled meat, rather than stews and curries. They even have venison on the menu (it was tender and delicious). Vegetarians are not well served here. Decor-wise, one step above hole-in-the-wall. Skip the fried calamari though, which was strictly happy hour fare.

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  1. Servorg RE: MarkC Apr 23, 2013 08:28 AM

    Thanks for sharing. The photos I looked at on line for their "butter crunchy beef" (like this one on Yelp) look pretty darn delicious http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/song-p...

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      jotfoodie RE: MarkC Apr 24, 2013 02:44 PM

      Thank you for sharing. I have been putting off to pay this place a visit for quite sometime now, and your post was a good reminder to trek over there soon. I practically passed by this place everyday. I heard about this place when I visited Pho 21 on Sherman Way in Canoga Park, a year or 2 ago. I remembered the owner told me that he is related to Song Phat, and did not elaborate further.

      I am wondering if you have tried Pho 21 and how does it compared to Song Phat, if you did.

      Thanks.

      21525 Sherman Way
      Canoga Park, CA 91303

      http://www.pho21canoga.com/

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        Galen RE: MarkC Apr 24, 2013 05:00 PM

        Here's my old review on Song Phat on Yelp: I used to go a lot but the waiter stuck his yellowed thumb nail in my soup and other times they've given me less food and told me the reason why is because I didn't finish all my food. Let me be the judge of how much I can or cannot eat. I'm not the only one who complains about them giving me less food and verbalizing why. Go to Pho 21, It's way better. Tom the owner of Pho 21 used to own Song Phat.

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          MarkC RE: Galen Apr 25, 2013 04:19 AM

          That's weird. You should have offered to pay them less.

          I will definitely check out Pho21, not least because my daughter is a vegetarian, and had trouble finding anything on the menu at Song Phat. Weird service aside, we did find the food very tasty, and they have some interesting specials, so maybe worth checking out at least once (before they can gauge how much food you eat!).

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            Galen RE: MarkC Apr 25, 2013 02:05 PM

            If your daughter's not a strict vegetarian, Pho 21 has an egg omelet stuffed with shrimp and bean sprouts cooked in a tasty coconut oil that's great. "You should have offered to pay them less." I would of but I asked once why they gave me less food and they said it was for religious reasons???????

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              Servorg RE: Galen Apr 25, 2013 02:23 PM

              Tell them it's against your religion to pay more for less...The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster will brand you a "hairy tick" if it finds out you've been ripped off by any restaurant...

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