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Slanted Door Review
If you're looking for homey Vietnamese food served in a down-to-earth dining room at a decent price, don't stop here. Celebrated chef-owner Charles Phan has mastered the upmarket, Western-accented Vietnamese menu. To showcase his cuisine, he built a big space with sleek wooden tables and chairs, white marble floors, a cocktail lounge, a bar, and an enviable bay view. Among his popular cult dishes are green-papaya salad, daikon rice cakes, cellophane crab noodles, chicken clay pot, and shaking beef (tender beef cubes with garlic and onion)—and they don't come cheap, although the dishes are made with quality ingredients. The restaurant has also become a regular stop for those who appreciate finely made cocktails, many of them created by star bartender Erik Adkins. To avoid the midday and evening crowds (and to save some bucks), stop in for the afternoon-tea menu, dine at the bar, or visit Out the Door, Phan's take-out counter around the corner. Phan also has another more-reasonably priced Vietnamese restaurant in the city: Heaven's Dog in the Civic Center neighborhood.
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