Savvy local diners know that Pagolac serves an affordable "seven-way beef" dinner, the classic south Vietnamese feast of seven different beef dishes for an unbelievable $16 per person (two-person minimum). This is also a good place for lotus-root salad with pink shrimp, all kinds of rolls, the shrimp with sugarcane, aromatic clay pots, and noodles or rice topped with protein—pork, beef, shrimp, chicken—in all forms—fried, shredded, grilled. It's easy food to share with a group. The narrow space is decorated in dark-wood tables and chairs and a few nice pieces of Vietnamese art, and the service, though sometimes a little ragged, is always friendly. Of course, such low prices and good food haven't remained a secret, so come before 6 or after 9 to avoid a long wait (and keep in mind, it's cash only).
655 Larkin St., San Francisco, California, 94109, USA