Looking for a mouthwatering Vietnamese meal near you, but don't have a lot of cash to spare?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Vietnamese restaurants around San Francisco, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture when cravings are high but the bank account is low.
1. Hai Ky Noodles
Topping the list is Hai Ky Noodles. Located at 707 Ellis St. (between Larkin and Polk streets) in the Tenderloin, Hai Ky Noodles is the highest-rated spot to score inexpensive Vietnamese food in San Francisco, boasting 4.5 stars out of 921 reviews on Yelp.
Open since 1987, the family-run noodle house specializes in noodle soups and other dishes that draw on Chinese, Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian flavors. Order the house soup with homemade noodles, pork, shrimp, fish cakes and chicken; the braised duck leg soup with wontons and fried garlic; or the beef ball soup with sesame oil and cilantro.
2. Saigon Sandwich
Next up is nearby Saigon Sandwich, situated at 560 Larkin St. (near the corner of Larkin and Eddy streets). This Tenderloin sandwich shop serves traditional banh mi filled with pork, chicken, paté and more. With 4.5 stars out of 3,209 reviews on Yelp, it's a local favorite for those looking for a budget-friendly option.
3. Pho Huynh Hiep — Kevin's Noodle House
Pho Huynh Hiep — Kevin's Noodle House in the Outer Sunset is another high-traffic, affordable go-to, with four stars out of 1,620 Yelp reviews. This location of the family-owned chain, which has six restaurants around the Bay Area, serves up Vietnamese favorites like fresh spring rolls, bun noodle bowls and pho soup topped with beef brisket, steak, flank and more. Head over to 1833 Irving St. (between 19th and 20th avenues) to see for yourself.
4. Cafe Bunn Mi
Over in the Inner Richmond, check out Cafe Bunn Mi, which has earned four stars out of 1,193 reviews on Yelp. This counter-service spot offers 10 varieties of banh mi, as well other standbys like pho and rice plates. Dig in by heading over to 417 Clement St. (between Fifth and Sixth avenues).
5. Cordon Bleu
Last but not least, there's Cordon Bleu, a Nob Hill favorite with four stars out of 1,054 reviews. Stop by 1574 California St. (between Larkin and Polk streets) to hit up the Vietnamese and Asian fusion spot, specializing in five-spice roasted chicken, next time you're in need of some cheap eats.
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