Pho Sheezy

So, I was listening to Pacific Time last night, and there was a report about a Pho place in Hanoi called Pho Cali. The program talked a little about the history of Pho, and what goes into it, and all of a sudden I got a powerful urge to go devour a big bowl of it.

Thing is, I’ve never had Pho before. When I lived in LA, I was blessed to live close to the Little Tokyo area by Sawtelle, and so I ate the most amazing Ramen constantly, 3 times a week, at least. Actually, it’s one of the only things I miss about LA. Next time you’re in the area, try to find Ramen Ya, and order the meatballs. Oh. my. god.

So, anyway, back to the point. I need to know: Where should I go to get good Pho? City suggestions are welcome, but if you can recommend good places in the East Bay, near Oakland or Berkeley, I would be forever in your debt. Pho sure.

5 Comments so far

  1. Nicole Lee (unregistered) on January 21st, 2005 @ 3:45 pm

    You generally can’t go wrong if you hit the Vietnamese places in the Tenderloin, especially the “Little Saigon” area. The most touted one is Tu Lan, which even had the pleasure of Julia Child’s presence. It looks like a hole in the wall, and seems a little scary from the outside, but boy is the pho good. There’s also New Loi’s in the Sunset on 19th and Taraval, which is usually my pho spot since it’s the closest to the apartment.

  2. Jackson West (unregistered) on January 21st, 2005 @ 5:49 pm

    I meant to hit up the Bodga Bistro, which is about a block from civic center. It’s gotten great reviews.

    But in my experience, Bay Area Pho is like New York pizza — you really can’t go horribly wrong. I’ve had good Pho in Chinatown (both Oakland and SF), on Clement in the Richmond, in Fremont and in Sunnyvale. Also, don’t miss the boat on Vietnamese sandwiches. So, so good.

  3. Paul (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2005 @ 12:44 am

    The hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Oakland has some of the best Vietnamese food you’ll find in Northern California. Authentic, inexpensive, non-pretentious, and extremely tasty.

  4. Kristine (unregistered) on January 25th, 2005 @ 11:24 am

    I believe there is a little hole-in-the-wall type place near my school in San Jose, I’ve never been there(always go to the mexican place next door) but people have said it’s good. It’s probably too far away for you, but hey.

  5. Buzz Andersen (unregistered) on January 28th, 2005 @ 4:05 pm

    A Pho-loving friend of mine swears by Turtle Tower, in the “Little Saigon” area.

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