We eat Vietnamese food at least once a week, usually in Mira or Clairemont Mesa. Tonight we'll be joined by two who are new to the cuisine, and we have to eat on or near El Cajon Blvd. I've done my searches but can't narrow down a clear favorite. We've been to Saigon a few times and have been a little less impressed each time, so we won't be going there. Others we have visited in that area didn't leave an impression, so I need your rec for the best.
We want to start the guests with simple things -- pho, grilled meat dishes with broken rice, beef stew. No particularly exotic dishes will be necessary. Also, it will be important that the place make their own Thai tea and not sell you that bottled garbage in a glass (it gives me an instant headache -- what is in that stuff?!?).
Thanks in advance for your recs!