Is there anything better on a cold and rainy day than a huge bowl of Pho? The Vietnamese rice noodle soup is one of my favorite guilty pleasures when the weather is dragging me down. But I did something crazy the last time I had it, I actually went to the restaurant to eat it. 99.9% of the time the couch is calling my name way too loudly and a take out or delivery order is all I can manage, but let me tell you, eating there was an entirely improved experience. I’m not sure the food was actually better but it was definitely fresher, which made it seem better for sure. Also helping the situation was the fact that I’m pretty confident I have officially found my favorite pho place in San Francisco, Pho 2000. It is a funny name, I even hesitated trying it at first because I wasn’t sure if I could take it seriously. But it is LEGIT. Really delicate broth but with perfect seasoning and nice pieces of meat, not the icky stuff you can sometimes get with pho. The beef broth has almost a sweet note to it and the chicken has a lot of depth. The Tenderloin neighborhood can be a bit rough around the edges to say the least but if you are craving a PHO-nomenal (see what I did there?!) bowl of noodle soup, this place is the best.
Pho 2000, located in the Tenderloin
637 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA