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Four Things to Know About Pagolac
Dishing up market-fresh Southern Vietnamese food in the heart of the Tenderloin is a modest, no-frills restaurant run by a group of siblings. Here are a few important points to keep in mind.
- The restaurant’s full name is Pagolac: Mom’s Vietnamese Kitchen. In 2005, owner Phuong Thi To was tragically struck by an automobile near her restaurant. After three months of letting the restaurant stay closed, her children unanimously decided to open it again to honor her and keep her recipes alive.
- The signature dish is the Bo 7 Mon seven flavors of beef. With a minimum of two people necessary to order, this massive meal combines do-it-yourself rice-paper wraps with barbecue skewers and firepots for cook-your-own slices of thin marinated beef.
- The imperial rolls are top-notch, too. In fact, SF Weekly named them the city’s best in 2008.
- Your hands are the handiest utensils here.