Golden Star Vietnamese Pho – San Francisco
11 Walter U Lum Pl
San Francisco Chinatown
When I moved away from San Francisco in 1998 during the boom times of the dot come days, it was easy to see many parts of this city on a path towards complete gentrification and blandness (a la NY’s Time Square). I was pleasantly surprised however during a quick 2.5 day work trip last week to see that not much has changed – well at least 2 of my favorite hole in the wall restaurants (Golden Star Vietnamese and Tu Lan Vietnamese) in downtown didn’t at least.
Golden Star, located on the West side of Portsmouth Square Park in the heart of Chinatown, has one of the best bowls of Pho that I know. Last week, I stopped by and was pleased to see that the only thing that changed was the price (about an increase of $2 since ’98 for the #1 special) Everything else in the restaurant remains the same including the wait staff and owner! The pho’s broth is still amazing and they really load up the bowls with heaping amounts of meat. Sitting here downing this bowl of Pho brings back fond memories of working as a lowly IT geek during the height of the IPO dot com days just blocks away at Montgomery Securities in the Transamerica Building. What a stark contrast of those days to today’s uncertain economic financial times. Thanks Golden Star! I’m so happy and glad you didn’t invest in credit default swaps and mortgage backed securities so you can continue to serve up some soothing awesome pho! Rock!