Hands down, the best Vietnamese sandwich place in San Francisco is Saigon Sandwich. It is a little pricey for these meat, pate and veggie-filled baguettes at $3.50 each, but it definitely is worth it when you’re looking at the options in the city.
Located right on the edge of SF’s Little Saigon in the Tenderloin, Saigon Sandwich is a teeny tiny shop that never seems to have a slow moment. The handful of times that I’ve been, there is always a fair number of people waiting for these made to order sandwiches to come out of the toaster. What I really like is that they pack these baguettes full of good stuff, not like the horribly pathetic sandwiches that you get at Lee’s Sandwiches. I seriously dislike the sandwiches from Lee’s, but that is for another entry for another day. I think the combination sandwich is the best, because it comes with a variety of meats including headcheese and Vietnamese steamed pork and slathered with a healthy bit of pate and mayo. Lastly, in an effort to balance the fatty goodness with some vegetables and add some contrasting yet complementing flavors, each sandwich is finished off with some pickled carrots and radish and cilantro. There is an option to add peppers, but I find them way to hot for me. I really do like this sandwich, and in spite of its questionable location, I think it’s worth the trek when you’re craving some banh mi.
560 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94102
PAFO Ratings for Saigon Sandwich:
Price 1 stars
Ambiance 1 stars
Food 3 ½ stars
Overall rating 3 ½ stars