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SD finds (long-ish)

Dumpling | Jun 17, 200205:45 PM

I went back to the Vietnamese place on University with the picture of the Eiffel tower on the outside. It's callet Hu Tieu Nam Vang at 4804 University. I had a sausage banh mi (sandwich) and some kind of meat filled pastry. The banh mi was very good, but just one piece of sausage that kind of fell over to the side, but otherwise, good bread, plenty of other stuff (what is that cruncy white stuff?). The pastry was interesting, but just okay. We also had a desert that was sticky sweet rice with blackeyed peas and coconut milk. That was very tasty. They seemed to have all kinds of soup and noodle dishes there. And very good iced coffee. I would definitely go back and try other things. Next door to it seems to be a juice place called Fruitlandia (I think).

Up on Mission Gorge Road, next to a soccer store (we have world cup fever in my house), we tried the salad rolls and spring rolls at a place called Rice Jones. It's a kind of Californian-Vietnamese fusion restaurant, and much better than I would have expected for that kind of thing. It's not super cheap (4 something for each order of rolls), but has really nice decor, and really fresh food. The deserts there also looked interesting (ginger tofu something, and tapioca coconut something). I'm putting a link to the citysearch review below. It's a really nice atmosphere, a good place to take a friend who's not a chowhound, that you can enjoy, too.

Also, I got to the Aria International Market (2710 Garnet) for the Persian ice cream (rosewater-saffron). The ice-cream was very good, although, honestly, a little freezer-burned, it was made by Mashti Malone's in L.A. Incredibly rich, it went wonderfully with a slice of sponge cake/cream roll-up cake with pistachios. While there I bought a pomegranate fruit roll up (I have yet to try it) and a walnut pomegranate sauce for cooking.

Other restaurants I've been to lately that don't need a write-up: Sammy's, Fidel's, Bully's, Hash House, Mama's Lebanese, JV's (great soups).


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