631 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410937.783826 -122.417834
Monday To Sunday From 08:30 AM To 07:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Civic Center, Northeast
I can eat this EVERYDAY. – Turtle Tower's chicken pho is the best in town. The owner explained to me that she uses only fresh chicken that has never been frozen, freshly made noodles and vegetables. The chicken is tender and so flavorful without much fat underneath the skin, but still chewy and does not fall apart. The soup is perfect for cold or hot weather because its so light. The temperature of the soup is just hot enough for you to dive in, and the noodles do not clump. The taste is subtle and fresh, unlike most pho places that puts too much spices. Everytime I go out of town, this is the first thing I eat when I get back! If you don't believe me, just ask the room full of vietnamese customers that eat there regularly.
Best Soup in the City – The soup in both the chicken and beef pho are by far the best soup broth you'll get anywhere in the city.
atmosphere lacks, but the food is SO GOOD.
This is not pho!! – I can't believe what the other people here are saying about this place. The Pho they serve here cannot and should not be classified as "PHO" It did not come with pho noodles and broth didn't even taste like pho. The fragrent of pho should be a combination of beef stock, anise, and fired onions. Pho should be accompanied with fresh basil and bean sprouts and condiments should include Hoisin sauce. This place had none of the above! I don't care what you call it, Northern or Southern, this is not pho!!!
Turtle Tower is wonderful. – I've read others talk about their preferences for Northern and Southern styles of Pho but they each have their virtues. TT is probably the best example of Northern. The ingredients are of the highest quality, beef so fresh it falls apart in the bowl and melts in your mouth.
I was used to the more savory/spicy southern style so the first time at TT, I loaded up on hotsauce. I also wanted beef ball. Northern pho seems to lack this Southern staple but the rare beef is more than satisfying. I don't use much sauce now that my palette has adjusted to the subtle northern flavors. Give it a squeeze or two and try to appreciate the subtlety.
Everything on the menu is superb. The coffee might be some of the best I've had. The food is cheap and outstanding. Frequent customers get better service because they'll remember you.
Just what the doctor ordered! – Turtle Tower is a rare combination of great pho made from fresh ingredients, served in a nice, clean atmosphere at extremely reasonable prices. The service is great and the owner is very helpful in offering advice to novices. Their pho is the perfect cure for a foggy or rainy day.
Get #5 or #8! – #5 - great stir fried meet mixed with excellent pho broth and rice noodles.
#8 - for something tangier go for this. Slight hint of tomato in the broth but I don't believe they use any.
Both excellent choices, from an excellent restaurant. My new favorite place for Pho.
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