The service is great, and the food was good. The prices are also very reasonable compared to some of the other Italian joints. The daily specials enliven the menu.
PROS: Good quality Italian food.
CONS: Can be busy.
Korea House serves up some of the best Korean food in the Bay Area. Dinner includes a mountain of sidedishes that can barely fit on your table, and the owner really keeps in touch with the customers by showing them the correct way to eat the popular Korean style sushi with bul go gi in the center.
PROS: Great food, and wonderful character. You will not go hungry.
CONS: Can be busy.
Taqueria La Bamba rises the humble burrito above the pre-packaged garbage that is passed off these days. The carnitas is perfectly done, with a nice crusty outside and juicy inside. The carne asada is also delectably seasoned. The prices are very reasonable.
PROS: Possibly the best burrito in the Bay Area
CONS: No tables to sit at, and can be quite cold in the winter.
Pacific Catch is a cozy little restaurant in the Marina, serving up some fresh seafood. Try the wasabi bowl, or maybe some of their batter friend fish. The kitchen is open, and you can even sit at the bar and watch your fish getting cooked for you.
PROS: Fresh seafood
CONS: The restaurant is quite small, and can be cramped
San Tung is a winner in terms of taste and price. Don't miss the famous fried-dry (or wet) chicken, which is a very tasty deep fried and peppery battered chicken. I would suggest any General Tso chicken fans to try it.
PROS: Famous fried dry (or wet) chicken.
CONS: Long long waits. Get there early.
Little Star Pizza makes a mean deep dished pizza. The ingredients are fresh, and it's piled high on a deeply satisfying buttery crust. The ambience is also sleek--giving a dimmed lighted environment, perfect for dates and chilling with some friends.
PROS: Fresh and traditional deep dish.
CONS: Parking is hard, and lines can be long.
Turtle tower does Pho the northern vietnamese way--no frills with a pure broth. The noodles are made fresh everyday, and the stock is clean and exceptionally flavorful. Give it a try, this is truly the king of phos in little Saigon.
PROS: Cheap, delicous, and fresh pho.
CONS: No frills, but that's to be expected in this area.
There are plenty of good pho joints in the saigon area, but avoid Pho Hoa at all costs. The inside is typical--no frills and cheap prices. However, the bowl that came to me was lukewarm, a veritable sin in the world of pho. My raw meat didn't even get cooked all the way. Avoid like the plague.
CONS: Fundamental flaws in cooking.
The process at Lozano's is incredibly fast. Once you get out of the car, a herd of people come and attack your car with a variety of cleaning insturments. Before you know it, your car is spick and span with no fuss and without making a dent in your pocketbook. Also, you can enjoy some free lemonade and snacks while waiting.
PROS: Fast, efficient, and cheap
CONS: Can be crowded.
Bamboo village is an Indonesian restaurant that supposedly cooks up some traditional southeast Asian delights. The restaurant seemed very empty (even on a Friday night), and service was slow. I ordered a Rendang, a slow cooked tender beef dish. However, their rendition was anything but tender, and I even had to request a knife to cut through the meat. The fried fish with chili sauce was underseasoned, and didn't have any punch. The fried rice was good.
PROS: Interesting ethnic Indonesian cuisine
CONS: Failed in service and fundamental cooking techniques