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Not merely intended to catch overflow from big brother Burma Superstar down the block, this kid has his own style and flair. Brighter and airy-er than it’s sibling, and a considerably easier ... read more
Easily missed spot off a side street in downtown Mountain View, inside a calm oasis of young couples chatting and nibbling on spring rolls. Lots of Vietnamese/Fusion on the Peninsula, the angle her... read more
If, in this crazy new globalized world, sushi is the new french fries and pad thai is the new mac ‘n cheese, we nominate Turtle Tower’s Pho Ga as the new chicken noodle soup: a huge, st... read more
If you're into Sil Valley starfucking, on any given night the clientele here is like a Valleywag Who's Who of tech company scions and VC gajillionaires. They're here for unique, high-end SE Asian c... read more
High-end Vietnamese, favored by young, attractive peninsula couples nodding their heads to a slightly-too-loud housey soundtrack. Interior has orgeous touches of color, like brilliant yellow orchid... read more
Definitely one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the city, which is saying something, and one of the weirder eating experiences ever. Grimy, graf-covered exterior gives way to shiny, gilded tem... read more
Simple little Mission gem with well-priced menu satisfying locals for more than a decade. Family-style dining on BBQ pork, salt and pepper shrimp, sautéed beef, five-spice chicken, all washed down ... read more
Word is out on this joint. Dirt-cheap, good-quality Vietnamese pho, rice noodles and grilled meats served up by friendly folks who actually seem happy to be there. Lighting’s fluorescent, and your ... read more
Good Vietnamese food in a downright seedy location. Word-of-mouth dingy treasure. Inside: tiny, plain, filled with gritty locals. Delicate spring rolls, tender barbecue pork over crispy rice noodle... read more
Lazy ceiling fans, bamboo birdcages, rattan furniture, palms waving softly in the breeze … sigh. Sexy Indochine/French Colonial atmosphere marred by Banana Republic–clad singles sucking down after-... read more
Hole in the wall Vietnamese with a soupcon of respectability. House specialty, seven courses of beef, is a winner—serious beef that means business. Little grills even for do-it-yourself entertainme... read more
Don’t trip over the zonked-out guys clutching their Night Train, but don’t let them scare you away, either. The pho here is tops. Nothing like a steaming bowl of beef tendons and tripe to stimulate... read more
Little atmosphere and nowhere to sit, but Civic Center workers line up anyway at this tiny in-the-know take-away. It’s all about the $3.25 combo banh mi sandwiches on fresh warm French bread with s... read more
Third location of this local favorite is a charm. Huge and bustling room aswarm with fashionable eaters (Isn’t that Mick Jagger?). Food as sparklingly fresh and incredible as the ocean view. Noisy ... read more
As the gaudy sign outside describes, this is a combination of Persi...
Surreal cocktailing in SoMa. Heady mix of gothic and steampunk deco...
With just 18 seats (plus 12 bar seats), exposed brick, unglaze...
Hakkasan takes its Cantonese cuisine west with signature swanky sty...
The storied New Orleans venue named after the legendary band has ma...