I went to Turtle Tower both today and yesterday for lunch.
Yesterday I tried the pho with well-done beef. Very good - the broth was excellent, pieces of meat were moist and lean, although I think I prefer rare beef pho and will continue to order that in the future.
Today I tried the pho ga (chicken soup) - added some chilis and lemon to this and it was very nice, the soup is not at all heavy, tastes very home-made (in fact, similar to chicken soup my Mom makes, minus the cilantro and scallions). I personally the beef broth to chicken broth, so it is rare that I order chicken soup at pho places, but it was a nice change of pace. In the future I'll probably still stick with beef.
Today I discovered that you can have house brewed iced tea instead of hot tea (tasted like jasmine green tea). This was a good discovery.
I really like the fresh rice noodles used at Turtle Tower - I would hesitate to eat pho anywhere else in that neighborhood (or in SF) since I like these noodles so much. Are there other places that use fresh noodles like this?
Small soup (which is usually plenty for me) is less than 6 dollars.
Turtle Tower Restaurant
5716 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121