Eat San Francisco: Pho Tan Hoa


We went to Vietnam for our honeymoon in 2007, and we’ve had a Saturday morning pho habit ever since. For a while, we frequented the ever popular Turtle Tower in little Saigon (our old neighborhood) for Northern style pho. Then we moved to the Tendernob, and even though it is only about six blocks away, little Saigon might as well be in actual Vietnam we visit it so infrequently. That’s just what happens in the city, you get all stuck in your own little radius, in your own little hood.

Pho Tan Hoa is our favorite in the Tendernob/Union Square area and our go to place these days. They serve southern style pho, which I have come to prefer.

Typically we share a large pho with brisket, beef balls and tendon, but today, after a particularly intense workout, we were both starving and we went solo.

I got a small beef brisket pho:


Soulful. That’s all I have to say about that.

Jake got his favorite lunch order (pho for breakfast, bun for lunch) the #41 bun salad with grilled pork and imperial rolls:


It is just a simple bun, but it is exactly as bun should be. A lot of places hack them up to make them appealing to Americans. Pho Tan Hoa is not one of those places.

I can’t even speak to other dishes here, because we literally just order pho or bun every time we go, sometimes with the addition of fried rolls and sweet iced coffee.


However, it’s always packed with Vietnamese folks, and y’all know what that means.

Pho Tan Hoa

431 Jones st. San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 673-3163
Daily from 8:00-5:00

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