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Vietnamese food tour for newbies?

Pointybird | Jul 17, 200202:32 PM

Hello! I am a ravenous consumer of Vietnamese foods, and I was just waxing Chowhound-like at a party last weekend with a bunch of people unfamiliar with Vietnamese cuisine. They were intrigued with my descriptions, and I'd like to introduce them to my favorite food. This is what I'm thinking: I'd like to do a little "tour" of some typical Viet dishes, going to several restaurants near each other that do a particular dish very well. Luckily this is more than possible in SF's Tenderloin.

What I'm hoping you guys can help me with is the itinery. I'm thinking:
Saigon Sandwiches for banh mi
Tgaloc (is that the right name? Place on Larkin) for salad rolls and imperial rolls
Golden Era for Vietnamese crepes

I would like, if possible, a recommendation for pho near Jones/Larkin, as well as recommendations for other signature Viet dishes. Catfish in claypot, perhaps?

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