Thursday night I had dinner at Pho Hoa Hiep II, between 19th and 20th on the south side of Irving. As always, it was good. I've found that they let you BYOB there, so I stopped at the corner liquor store and brought with me a a 40oz of Miller High Life (the $2 out the door special). I ordered Pho Tai Gau (rare flank and brisket). I asked for the flank to be brought out raw which was accomodated. As usual it was quite good. The broth was very tasty. Dark, but clear, and heavily meat flavored with anise and clove accents. The noodles were of correct consistency, and it was just a simple and good meal. I really dig this place, because they let you bring booze and they also take credit cards for any amount, but cleanliness might be an issue here. I don't mind, but some people might, but there always seems to be a cluster of flies over some of the tables. It never fails.
And tonight (Friday) I had another stellar and simple meal at Jook n' Fun, between 20th and 21st on the north side of Irving. I went to the same liquor store and bought the same 40 of miller high life, which wasn't a problem at the restaurant. Of course I drank it out of the bag, but they didn't have a problem. I got the $3.75 salt and pepper octopus tentacles special. It was awesome. The little clusters are seemingly flash fried in the seasoning and then dressed with fried jalapenos. It's totally great and wonderful dipped in a little soy sauce and hot sauce. For my entree i the salty pork and dried oyster jook. It was fabulous. It's such a rich dish for porrige (sp?). The jook is so meaty tasting, and then the bits of salty pork and oyster and green onion give it mad flavor.
So I spent $4 on beer, $6.75 on pho, $3.75 on fried octopus/squid, and $5.50 on jook.
Seems like a steal for two fine asian meals in the inner sunset. What a beautiful place SF is.