For this convention we put together a "native guide" to local restaurants and other necessities, preferrably within walking distance of 8th and Market.
The one we did for the 2001 convention is woefully lacking in coverage of Vietnamese restaurants in the Civic Center/Tenderloin area. I promised I'd remedy this situation, knowing chowhound would help.
Any info on places you'd recommend in that area, including a brief description of what the specialties are (i.e., pho, bun, etc.) is much appreciated, as are any non-Vietnamese restaurants you particularly recommend.