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A San Francisco Girl's Down and Dirty Adventures in the Culinary Playground

Monday, December 20, 2004

Tonight I Will Be Miss Saigon (Saigon Sandwich -- San Francisco, CA)

Sorry kids, it's the holidays so I've been slacking. Dealing with incompetant postal workers, a broken ibook hinge (c'mon Apple, are you really going to charge $300 for that shit?) and an impending trip to Minnesota (rest assured I will return with a full report on the many levels of beige food and jello I get to experience while there). I'm tryin' to get three more posts in before I leave, and then you can check me out in the new year in the ultra hip Mesh magazine.

Banh mi. It's a sammich (ie, sandwich). A Vietnamese sandwich to be precise. It's typically got some meat, some veggies, some chilies (hooray!), some homemade mayo, and some magical lovin'. It's served up nice on a French baguette.

Slanted Door makes a great banh mi. It's on an Acme baguette with all the delicious trimmins. But it's $7.50. Not bad you say? Hold up bitches, because I'm gonna blow your mind.

Saigon Sandwich in the Tenderloin makes these babies for $2. Yes, $2. Sometimes $2.25 depending on what you order. And I dare say that these are the best friggin' banh mi this side of Asia.

SS is open from 10:00 am to 5 pm. No dinner. There is always a line out the door. The line is about as coherent as a Dali painting. You're never really sure where your spot is, but you'll get your sammich, don't you worry.

Your choices are barbequed chicken, roast pork, shu mai (pork meatball), a spam like lunch meat and a few others. All come on warm and toasty bread that is ultra tasty. And they've got the pickled veggies and mayo (I hate mayo but it melts into the bread and I have to surrender 'cause it's damn good) and CHILIES! I ask for extra chilies. Sometimes I get 'em, sometimes I don't but either way it doesn't matter, 'cause my bomb-diggity super-duper-licious sammich is only $2.

I dig the chicken. Jon digs the shu mai. We like to go there and grab some and bring them on airplanes so we have something tasty to eat instead of airline slop.

Be prepared for a wait -- it's worth it. Before you know it you'll be running through the streets naked shouting "I can't believe my sammich was only $2!" Kick ass.


"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art."
--La Rochefoucauld


Anonymous Anonymous said...

They've also got Vietnamese spring rolls and fried egg rolls for dirt cheap on the counter. And several sammich meat options not listed, like ham. Sooooo good.

11/01/2006 5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh my god that was the best viet sub i have ever eaten in my life...i was literally having orgasms!

i love your site btw =)

3/01/2007 6:42 PM  

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