Tu Lan is nothing more than dog entrails marinating in sewage water. I have eaten at this restaurant three times in the past ten years because I work a block away from it. Upon each dining, I have walked out hating myself for being so desperately hungry as to stoop so low as to eat at Tu Lan. The rice dishes I have ordered came marinating in two inches of cooking oil. I went with a friend once, who ordered a noodle soup, and the noodles were all stuck together, meaning that the noodles weren't properly cooked. We were looking around us and we noticed that the diners were all filthy laborers and folks who most likely grew up eating greasy trailer park food. Not a single person was Asian. That ought to be a sign of the kind of food Tu Lan truly has. As for Julia Child's review, the woman specialized in French cuisine. What would she had known? She wasn't even Asian.
The prices are really reasonably cheap and the food is so good and fresh. They always have lines of people waiting to eat. The only downfall is an occasional roach running along the floor but considering the location it's accepted. The food is worth it!
It's alright - no great shakes as far as I'm concerned, but I am guessing that my impression is not so great due to this being located on 6th Street. Having zany street people come in and disturb you while you eat kind of detracts from the food.
I have eaten here several times. The food is consistantly tasty, plentiful and spicy. All the things I look for in Asian foods. The Pho is fabulous. I have run into friends here because the locals are the major trade here. You might need a bodyguard after dark, but it's worth the risk to get to this hole in the wall gem of an eatery. Go and enjoy
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