Open for nearly 20 years (and counting), this Vietnamese institution is still revered for its simple, flavorful pho ga. The Hanoi-style restaurant’s recipe hasn’t changed much over the years, and that’s a good thing: light, gingery broth bathes a generous serving of free-range poached chicken. The rice noodles here — thicker and chewier than the usual vermicelli — are a work of art.
Pho, a Vietnamese soup dish made up of broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat, is a year-round staple in the unpredictable (ok, mostly foggy) San Francisco climate. The beloved Vietnamese noodle soup offers up a wide range of northern- and southern-style interpretations in kitchens across the city. Some of the best pho shops in San Francisco have been around for decades and offer a homey atmosphere, while others bring modern vibes that are no less heartwarming.
From recipes passed down through the generations to new spins on this delicious comfort food, no two bowls are alike. In other words, you’ll need to try them all, won’t you? Get started by checking out our list of the best pho in San Francisco and Oakland.
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