San Francisco Bun With David Lebovitz

David Lebovitz is in town (or was), and you know what he’s after? Vietnamese Food. Specifically, Bo Bun. It’s was exciting to read his take on Pho Phu Quoc (PPQ), as Vietnamese is a cuisine in which this city really excels, and Lebovitz is no slouch of a food writer. Also because Bo Bun is one of our favorite things to order.

But (and there’s always a but), we’d like to weigh in on Lebovitz’s choice of restaurant. Nothing against PPQ. It’s a great spot. But, the hands-down best cold noodle salad we’ve ever had came from Vietnam on Broadway. Though, we had the Bun Cha Gio Thit Nuong, with imperial roll and pork chop, so it’s a little different from Lebovitz’s PPQ chicken.

With it’s dramatically fried, crispy skin and warm, satisfying filling, eating that imperial roll was like getting a hug from the inside. On a fall day right around this time of year, with the air just starting to turn chilly, and following a long, hungry day at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, it really does rank among the most satisfying meals ever.

So cheers, Mr. Lebovitz. Good to know you’re in town and eating where it counts. It’s like when Julia Child visited Tu Lan. Only, you know, relevant.

Bo Bun at PPQ []
Pho Phu Quoc (PPQ) [MenuPages]
Vietnam [MenuPages]
Tu Lan [MenuPages]

[Photo: via Geordino/flickr]


San Francisco Bun With David Lebovitz