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Dec 6, 1999 09:15 AM

#1 sandwich

  • p

Great find from the fly-over zone!

St. Louis has two major asian communities, one in University City, where I live, and one in the City of St. Louis on Grand Blvd. and environs. At 4071 Grand there is a sign that has the #1 and the words Banh Mi So (translation, #1 sandwich.) Great Vietnamese pork meatball sandwiches and celestial spring rolls. The latter come in shrimp and vegetarian, made while you wait. If you live in St. Louis, definitely GO. If you are planning to visit, email me and I'll take you there. pat

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  1. It's a different sandwich, but...are St. Paul sandwiches extremely easy to find in St. Louis, or are there just two or three places that do them? The Stern's used to be big on them as a St. Louis specialty, but when I blew through town recently (literally, for about 2 hours on a trip across the country), nobody seemed to have heard of them. I had to console myself with ribs from C&K.

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    1. re: j gold

      Jonathan: I have to plead ignorance about the St. Paul sandwich. I know I've seen it on menus but can't remember where. What is it? Is it sort of egg fu
      yungey? pat

      1. re: pat hammond

        I think a St. Paul is a crisp egg fu yung patty on a buttered hamburger bun, and is supposedly a specialty of the chop suey joints in St. Louis' black neighborhoods. The sandwich doesn't sound especially compelling, but sometimes odd combinations work out in unexpected ways. Viz., the panino of arugula, lemon mayonaisse and crisp little pancetta lardons I ate for lunch today at 'ino down on Bedford Street.

        1. re: j gold

          Yeah, I was pretty sure it had something to do with egg foo yung, which I don't really hate but don't really like much either. I'm pretty sure they have it at a place in U. City on Olive Blvd. called La Chong Wah.
          On the other hand, your sandwich sounds wonderful. Of course, I'd eat pancetta lardons on ice cream. p.

          1. re: j gold
            Dave Feldman

            Any idea how the sandwich got the name, "St. Paul."

            And I'm with Pat. How can any sandwich that includes pancetta lardons and x possibly sound unpromising.

            1. re: Dave Feldman

              Don't get me wrong--the ``BLT'' with pancetta lardons is just spectacular, much better than the vaunted BLT at Blue Ribbon Bakery down the block. In fact, just about everything at 'ino is great: spiced olives, truffled egg toast, panini with fresh mozzarella and basil, or chicken and eggplant, or just about anything...including the wonderful, simple dessert panini with Nutella. It's the closest thing in NYC to the great paninotecas in the suburbs outside Milan. And in the mornings, the cappuccino is divine.

            2. re: j gold

              The pancetta lardons do sound great. I had a nice, porcine sandwich with a similar senisibility in, of all places, my work cafeteria, run by Restaurant Assoc. They generally serve edible insitutional food at good prices but occassionally they pull off some real suprises. This one was a sandwich of cappicola, shaved parmesean, and grilled endive on an onion baguette. I forgot the dressing (may jsut have been sweet butter). Easily one of the best sandwiches I have ever had, and I grew up eating pastrami and corned beef at Rich's on Watson Ave.