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Saigon Sandwich

Saigon Sandwich

Sandwich Spot and Vietnamese Restaurant$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
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    The experts at SFGate and Serious Eats recommend this place
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    Dustin L.
    "All of the banh mi are really good, but my fave is the meatball."(75 Tips)
    Johanna E.
    "The tofu Banh Mi is delicious."(9 Tips)
    Mel N.
    "The roasted pork banh mi is the best in SF! Take-out only, no..."(8 Tips)
    Allison Y.
    "No need to pick between awesomely creamy pate and juicy roast pork"(24 Tips)
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  • bánh mì sandwiches
  • roast pork
  • pate
  • good for a quick meal
  • roasted chicken
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  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksMarch 10, 2016
    With some of the best Banh Mi in the Bay Area, no wonder the line for this sandwich shop is across the block. But we assure you, once you get it in your hands, it will be worth the wait. Read more
  • SFist
    SFistOctober 3, 2014
    Grab a bite at the undisputed king of Vietnamese sandwiches, where lunch can still be had for mere pocket change. BBQ Pork is the standard order here (splurge for the combo with a slathering of pâté). Read more
  • SFist
    SFistSeptember 12, 2014
    BBQ Pork is the standard order here, but anything on the menu will only run you $3.75 and comes stuffed on a French baguette with the usual accoutrements of pickled carrots, jalapeños, and cilantro. Read more
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    J JohnDecember 21, 2018
    Best Vietnamese sandwiches in the entire U.S. (not an exaggeration). Maybe there's a place in Vietnam that does a job as good as these guys. Roast pork, meatball, and 5-spice chicken Bahn Mi are A++
  • Lucero V.heart icon on user image
    Lucero ViktoriaMay 3, 2015
    good banh mi and a great budget lunch option in the area! get the combo, and try to push the salad and peppers evenly into the sandwich before your first bite, for an even flavor throughout.
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    eifehJune 24, 2016
    For the price this place is great. At $3.75 a sandwich, you can't lose. Bread is a crunchy and meats are good. Roasted pork is better than the fanci pork.
  • Simon B.
    Simon BurnsAugust 21, 2013
    Straight balling, in the middle of the TL ghetto but the tofu was drenched in amazing sauce and the insanely speedy hands that made them, was quite a sight to watch too!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedApril 20, 2016
    The best is the pork combo at Saigon Sandwich. It's an ethereal blend of steamed and roasted pork, pâté, cilantro, chilies and sweet pickled carrots on a toasted baguette. Read more
  • Natalia M. H.heart icon on user image
    Natalia M. HomolovaJanuary 2, 2015
    This is a must do for any #banh #mi lovers. It's a takeaway place and as authentic as it gets.
  • Luu T.heart icon on user image
    Luu TranJune 28, 2016
    It's literally, a hole-in-the-wall, but these kinds of places are the BEST places. It's simple banhmi sandwiches but they're delicious. I got the combination!
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    The sandwiches are fresh and compact, with vibrant fillings like soft pork meatballs ($3.75) or the combination ($4.25), with pork and pate. Read more
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    Their simple but perfect banh mi sandwiches ($3.25 to $3.75) are one of the best deals in town. And don't settle for the various imitators within a few blocks near Little Saigon. Read more
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    OndrejMay 10, 2015
    A veggie tofu sandwich I had was spicy, but it was somewhat pleasant spicyness I've never tasted before. Large sandwiches for a low price and they open early, so it's a good place for a breakfast.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 8, 2014
    Excellent, cheap bahn mis bring lunchtime crowds to this Tenderloin spot. Don't skip the non-sandwich snacks like glutinous rice pudding, either.
  • Nuri J.heart icon on user image
    Nuri JeonJanuary 21, 2016
    First experience of Bahnmi but all two kinds of Bahnmi were surprisingly l and gorgeously delicious. Have never been able to find better one across the States. Miss it!
  • Chuck R.heart icon on user image
    Chuck ReynoldsJanuary 30, 2015
    simple said - there is no better deal on the best banh mi sandwich anywhere. just watch your six... you're in a bad area.
  • Sabina B.heart icon on user image
    Sabina B.October 28, 2014
    Huge, delicious sandwich for $3.75! Cash only. Only downside is location - it's in the middle of sketchy handful of blocks. Pro tip: if you're walking, take Polk to Eddy
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    Keyue BaoApril 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely the sandwich, but also try the taro drinks in the fridge! The ones with translucent bubbles make great desserts
  • Thê-Minh T.
    Thê-Minh TrinhSeptember 2, 2014
    Tasty vietnamese sandwiches for $4 or less (cash only). The Banh mi thit (roasted pork) is the one you have to try.
  • Reshmi V.heart icon on user image
    Reshmi VadakelSeptember 14, 2013
    Confused about what to order? Give front order lady a confused look and she'll prompt you to get a combo. I order a half roasted pork + half meatball pork banh mi. Arguably the best I've ever had!!
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    I crave this caramel-y roasted pork Banh Mi at Saigon Sandwich. It's got to be the best $3.50 meal in San Francisco. Read more
  • Nicholas P.heart icon on user image
    Nicholas PoonSeptember 14, 2017
    Best Banh Mi in the Bay Area. Price has gone up compared to before but still unbeatable within the area. Roast Pork sandwich is the star per usual.
  • Nooka J.heart icon on user image
    Nooka JonesJanuary 26, 2014
    Best tofu banh mi. Only two seats; I recommend bumming it on the blue corner jawn across the street. Take extra napkins.
  • David H.heart icon on user image
    David HeiserApril 17, 2016
    Some of the best banh mi I've had. Get the combination with roast pork, pork loaf and pate!
  • Aldo R.heart icon on user image
    Aldo RodriguezAugust 15, 2017
    The chicken sandwich it's really really good and cheap, but they add some peppers and gets super spicy, if you're not into spicy food just let them know.
  • Jiexi C.
    Jiexi CaoSeptember 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    This combination pate sandwich is sooo good. Please tip. $4 feels like robbery. Their dessert drinks in the fridge are delicious too
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    JCOctober 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The tofu banh mi is seriously good & I love the veggies, but I ask for Sriracha & extra Jalapeño
  • Dustin L.
    Dustin La PreshAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    All of the banh mi are really good, but my fave is the meatball. If you like pate, try the Special Combo. You will not be disappointed.
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DaiAugust 9, 2013
    My life has gotten better now that these banh mihs are in my life. I will be trying every sandwich. $3.75? What a steal.
  • Tejesh M.heart icon on user image
    Tejesh MehtaApril 4, 2018
    Best tofu bahn mi I’ve had in the SF
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    T ZNovember 27, 2018
    cash only. the pate // sauce in the banh mi is really good. cheap
  • Wendy Q.
    Wendy QiMarch 6, 2014
    Best banh mi in San Francisco (and cheap ... $3.75 for a good sized sandwich)my go to is roast chicken with pate
  • Cheapism
    CheapismMarch 8, 2011
    For $3.75 you can get the roast pork banh mi with pate . Make sure to leave for lunch early, because there’s always a line out the door. The rest of the menu ranges around $3-$5. Read more
  • Johanna E.
    Johanna EvansMarch 7, 2011
    The tofu Banh Mi is delicious. Don't be put off by the location or long lines. You can't find a better Vietnamese sandwich in San Francisco.
  • Randy H.
    Randy HumFebruary 20, 2013
    Just ate the pork and the chicken sandwich. Both good but there was something super spicy in the chicken one that burned for a good while. Anyone know what they put?
  • Achille K.heart icon on user image
    Achille KollaJanuary 18, 2016
    What a steal. The best sandwich you'll get for ~$4. Best value banh mi in the city
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 8, 2014
    Roast pork and pate bahn mi with extra cilantro and jalapenos. Delicious and quick. Cash only.
  • Allison Y.heart icon on user image
    Allison YuFebruary 17, 2015
    The combo is where it's at. No need to pick between awesomely creamy pate and juicy roast pork
  • Rico A.
    Rico Altman MerinoOctober 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Roast pork is the best, meatball is a close second. MB also has the strongest flavor, thanks to the ample presence of black pepper.
  • Steffi H.
    Steffi HeNovember 15, 2015
    Good Tofu Banh Mi but I liked the one from Duc Loi on Mission more.
  • Adriana G.
    Adriana GalueMarch 3, 2012
    I've had a gazillion pork sandwiches around the world and Saigon's is one of the best. A must if you don't mind the Tenderloin area!
  • Yuri K.
    Yuri KyeOctober 25, 2011
    order the bahn mi (i like roasted pork) with extra cilantro and jalapenos. pick up some korean snacks and stay away from anything that looks too funny to eat.
  • Keenan P.heart icon on user image
    Keenan PattersonDecember 30, 2015
    The roasted pork is to die for. Everything is amazing, you really can't go wrong.
  • Tom C.
    Tom CardenMay 13, 2012
    Extremely cheap and cheerful Vietnamese sandwich place. Veggie safe: tofu bánh mì is less than $4 :)
  • Cindy T.heart icon on user image
    Cindy TsuiAugust 13, 2014
    most authentic banh mi I've had since i moved from San Jose!
  • Dyami S.
    Dyami SernaNovember 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Ok, don't know what's up with all the scared talk, every thing here is bomb diggity. If you have a short lunch break call in your order or stop in before work. The steam buns rock too for $1.50
  • y c.
    y contentDecember 15, 2013
    I've never had food this cheap taste this good. Line at Brenda's was too long so we walked over. Best decision yet. Get the pork.
  • Mark J.
    Mark J.January 28, 2020
    What a hidden gem! AFFORDABLE food in SF, that's not only good, but AMAZING!
  • Marta T.
    Marta TapperoSeptember 8, 2018
    Genuine super genuine! Get roast pork or meatballs. Only cash, but $4!
  • Luke B.heart icon on user image
    Luke BornheimerJune 21, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The best tofu bahn mi I've had in my life! And for $3.75, this is downright highway robbery!
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