Any number of things could bring a person to the Tenderloin's Larkin Street corridor, a gritty enclave where young bohemians and Civic Center 9-to-5ers pass immigrants, strip club patrons, students from the nearby Culinary Academy, and the occasional obscenity-spouting thug. I came for pho, Vietnam's famed beef noodle soup, which pairs seasoned stock, rice noodles, and your choice of bovine tidbits with the ubiquitous plate of garnishes to produce a striking mosaic of textures and flavors. I didn't just want good pho; I... More >>>
In the Soup: Don't let the dingy awning fool you --
Vietnam II is the Tenderloin's swankest pho joint, with
beef noodle soup as nuanced as a fine consommé.