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Difference in Quality Between Different Branches of Turtle Tower? [San Francisco]

Dave MP | Oct 24, 201303:17 PM

I hadn't been to Turtle Tower in a long time, and last night I stopped by the branch on Geary, where I had never been before. The space is big, with some diner-like booths, and the parking was easy. I ordered the pho ga, which is what I always got at the Larkin St. branch.

The good:

- The noodles were the same fresh rice noodles I was used to. Pretty ideal texture, though maybe a tad too soft. But I really prefer these fresh noodles to the normal dried ones at other places. The speed was also great...I was in a bit of a rush, and I was happily eating soup about 3 mins after ordering, and I was done w/ dinner in under 20 minutes. It was quicker than most fast-food.

The bad:

- The pieces of chicken seemed a bit skimpy. There were about 4 bites of chicken in the soup. But worst of all was the broth, which I thought was too salty. I remember the broth at the Larkin location being just right for me...subtle and simple, but really comforting. Even after squeezing some lime into the soup, I thought it was mostly just the salt coming through.

So, is quality different at the Geary branch? Or maybe because it was later in the day and the stock was too reduced? I'm curious to hear from people who regularly eat at multiple branches, to know how much quality really differs.

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