Much more than ordinary noodles at OK Pho 

click to enlarge Chicken-and beef-based soup options are many at OK Pho in Daly City. - COURTESY  PHOTO
  • Chicken-and beef-based soup options are many at OK Pho in Daly City.
OK Pho, a new Vietnamese restaurant on the Colma-Daly City border, offers more than just OK bowls of the iconic noodle soup in a freshly painted, brightly-lit space (and perfect spot to warm up from the area’s frequent fog). The “OK” refers to neighbor and sibling, The Oriental Café. Start with fried chicken wings and fresh spring rolls to share before selecting between the plentiful chicken- or beef-broth pho options. A “special combo” includes a thin slice of beef, well-done brisket, flank steak and tendon; a more simple beef ball also is offered. Rice plates, vermicelli noodle plates and vegetarian soups and fried rice round out the menu.

11B San Pedro Road, Daly City; (650) 992-2985

South San Francisco

Over-stuffed, creative sandwiches headline the menu at South San Francisco’s Big Belly Deli, where most items are named for crooks, movies or gangster films. “The Guilty Boy” has roast chicken, habañero jack cheese, bell peppers and jalapeño ranch. The “San Franpsycho” has honey turkey, bacon, gouda and three sauces – pesto, garlic spread and remoulade. Prices range from $7 to $9. The small deli also serves bagel sandwiches, sides such as taboulleh and potato salad, beverages including milkshakes, and sliced meats and cheeses to go. There is no indoor seating.

115 Grand Ave., South S.F. ; (650) 588-5695

Daly City

The popular Southern California-based chain The Habit Burger Grill has a Daly City location in Westborough Square. Fresh ground-beef charburgers with lettuce and tomato, caramelized onions and mayonnaise are the signature, emphasizing the restaurant’s motto: “Respect the burger.” Diners may customize, too, with choices from teriyaki and pineapple to bacon and mushrooms. Non-burger offerings include chicken club and grilled albacore tuna steak sandwiches, salads, fries, onion rings and tempura green beans. Save room for classic diner favorites: shakes, sundaes and malts. Unlike many fast-food joints, the interior is contemporary – almost chic – with booths, small tables, a central large communal table and outdoor patio seating.

305 Gellert Blvd., Daly City; (650) 301-5034.


This season’s Pizzeria Delfina Burlingame Farm Dinner takes place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The four-course, forage-themed dinner’s focus is on Northern California ingredients from the forest, field and sea. The $59 menu includes wild mushrooms, wild nettles and cioppino with local seafood and fish. Add $40 for beverage pairings.

1444 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame; (650) 288-1041.

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