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Tet Festival & Bodega Bistro, SF report w/ pics

hhc | Feb 3, 200802:18 PM

Sun. February 3, 2008 was the 12th Annual Vietnamese New Year's Tet Festival to celebrate the Year of the Rat.

Since it was my first time I thought it was just ok. Got there around 10:30am and it wasn't too crowded yet.

Booths: AAA, PG&E, some others I can't remember.

I liked the freebies: cheap recycle bags, post-its, pens. One table had the spin the wheel for a nice canvas black bag-I didn't get one..not lucky enough.

Eats: some Vietnamese food that you can just buy but can't eat right away, did see some banh mi though was premade so not sure how they taste, only saw some BBQ meat on a stick that people were eating.

Lion dancing was Great, hubby really enjoyed it.

We went to Bodega Bistro for lunch then left soon afterwards.

Free street parking along Van Ness, pretty easy in the morning.
We went to Bodega Bistro for lunch since I've been wanting to try it for a while now. I recently read that it's one of Patricia Unterman's favorite restaurant. It's Vietnamese food in a nice atmosphere.

Since it was early like 11am we had no problems with service. We got our menu very quickly. Had to wait a bit longer for the food, but it wasn't a big deal, totally worth the wait.

Favorite dish was the Chim Quay $14.50-It's glazed roasted squab w/ caramelized onions & raisins (didn't see any). It's the most delicious thing. Freshly made served tempature hot, it's crispy, fatty & delicious served along w/ a lime/salt/pepper sauce. It's under the Appetizer section. Don't miss it.

Got the #14 Bun cha Hanoi-pork, herbs, & noodles that you wrap in lettuce. I thought the pork was good, sauce fine, noodles-thin, rice noodles were fine. Lettuce average. Overall, glad I tried it.

Hubby got #1 Pho Bodega Dat Biet $7.20-rare steak slices, well-done brisket & flank combo in rice noodle soup. Comes w/ cooked beansprout & the herbs. He liked the cooked beansprouts. He said the broth was average & he said the broth is everything! So he doesn't recommend it.

Didn't have an problems getting containers for leftovers or the bill.

Credit cards taken. Our total before tip was $37.22. Separate bathrooms available in the back.

Location: Next to Mangosteen, no sign for Bodega Bistro, only on the windows. Bodega Bistro, 607 Larkin St @ Eddy, SF.

My pics:

Bodega Bistro
607 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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