Owner and Executive chef: Charles Phan
Location: 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco Map
Tidbit: 22 members of Phan’s family work @ The Slanted Door. The original restuarant located in the Mission did, in fact, have a slanted door.
Resident Foodies say: Chef Charles Phan’s “family” restaurant started out as a hole-in-the-wall in the Mission in 1995 and quickly rose to mega-success. We were there in the beginning and have to admit that the old location had a lot of “ma-and-pa” charm that may be missing today–although the parking was a nightmare. But the Ferry Building location is large, majestic, and always crowded with both devoted regulars and many tourists. Throughout the past 14 years, the Vietnamese food has stayed true to itself–cleanly prepared with fresh ingredients and wonderful spices. Prices have increased since 1995, but it is so worth it.