Slanted Door's casual Pac Heights offshoot, OTD's classily bedecked with black slate floors/green slate walls, steel banquettes, and an old wood baker's table for communal face-stuffing. They're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and slingin' everything from lotus-wrapped sticky rice (w/ Chinese sausage, dried shrimp, and mushroom), to beef brisket pho with basil and rice noodles, to pork rib clay pot w/ Thai chili, caramel sauce, and young coconut, which makes up for its inexperience by not being all droopy.
1. Out The Door
2232 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Think of the trendy ramen boon in SF and apply those practices to what Out The Door is doing with Vietnamese. They class up five spice chicken with a cucumber mint salad and a perfectly crispy imperial roll. Their pho uses Prather Ranch meats and the wine list, with a complete German Riesling section (see: perfect pairing for Vietnamese food), is top notch.