The ornate columns flanking Larkin at Eddy may be the newest landmarks designating the southern corner of the Tenderloin known as Little Saigon, but one of the most well known and beloved landmarks is the delicious Saigon Sandwiches.
It’s a pretty straightforward, albeit tiny, operation specializing in the delectable banh mi, or Vietnamese sandwich. If you never had one, it’s a fantastic marriage of French and Vietnamese components. Served on a baguette spread with a pate mayonnaise, are greens, pickled veg, and jalapeÃ±o with your choice of meat or tofu. At Saigon they offer tofu, pork, roast beef, chicken, pork meatball, and sliced pate- que fancy! Who says you can’t have a little luxury in life? At $3.50, the pate is the priciest item on the menu.
Feeling a little adventurous? Try one of their jellied dessert treats, placed conveniently at the cashier. If, however, you’re dragging your feet going back to work, take a look inside their beverage cooler. You’ll surely face the salt mines with heady zeal, after a can of the strangely optimistic Hello, Boss!
560 Larkin Street @ Eddy Street
P.S.- They’re open during the week 6am-6pm, but if you go anytime around lunch there is usually a line. Its worth the wait and they’re pretty fast anyway. -ST
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