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$3.00 Luxuries in Little Saigon

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Delicacies near the dragon gate.

Delicacies near the dragon gate.

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 jalapeño 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!

Saigon Sandwich
560 Larkin Street @ Eddy Street
San Francisco

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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Stephen Torres - Threadbare-Fact Finder (Editor, San Francisco)

Stephen's early years were spent in a boxcar overlooking downtown Los Angeles. From there he moved around the state with his family before settling under the warm blanket of smog that covers suburban Southern California. Moving around led to his inability to stay in one place for very long, but San Francisco has been reeling him back in with its siren song since 1999.
By trade he pours booze, but likes to think he can write and does so occasionally for the SF Bay Guardian, Bold Italic and 7x7. He also likes to enjoy time spent in old eateries, bars and businesses that, by most standards, would have been condemned a long time ago.


  1. R. Jones
    April 23, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Amazing! A good sandwich place is hard to find and a Vietnamese sandwich place even harder.

  2. Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    April 23, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    This place is so awesome!

  3. P.Melba
    April 23, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    That does sound scrumptious…Sir Stephen strikes again with his flavored mayo and jellied concoctions! I’ll be sure to try it out as I have yet to have a Saigon or Vietnamese Sandwich…feel so uncultured.