Sonoma County is phinally getting more pho! The crave-worthy Vietnamese soup is almost as prevalent as Starbucks in San Francisco and the South Bay, but aside from Pho Vietnam (711 Stony Point, Santa Rosa), Noodle Bowl (821 Russell Ave., Santa Rosa) and Simply Vietnam (966 N. Dutton, Santa Rosa) and Noodle Bowl (817 Russell Ave., Santa Rosa0, not as easy to find around these parts.*
Two new noodle spots have the goods. Noodle Mania (7233 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol) has a variety of meaty pho, along with excellent vermicelli noodle bowls, pork buns, pickled veggies with just the right amount of garlic and other Asian-fusian specialties. We were particularly impressed with the chow fun. On the horizon is Pho Crazy, opening at the former Anh Linh (320 W. Third St., Santa Rosa).
*Actually, there are more spots than I thought. I forgot Goji Kitchen and Mai Vietnamese. I’m sure there are others.