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So I'm riding the bus down Mission St. and I see an awning with "Vietnamese Sandwiches" on it. I think to myself, "Strange, how did I not notice a banh mi joint in the Mission?"

On the way back from my appointment, I stop in. I see a sign that says "Comida Yucatan," tacos in the window, and pizza! I'm so confused. I walk in and see Vietnamese sandwich meats. Tiny space, a handful of tables all occupied by Hispanic men, and a line at the door. I asked the guys in line if the food was good and they heartily said yes.

Didn't want to wait in line so I ordered a banh mi to go. It's pretty good but one of the types of meat is a mystery to me, didn't like it, and pulled it out. The rest is good. Big, $2.50.

Brief chat w/ the counter lady, she informed me she is half Vietnamese and half Mexican. No printed menu yet, they've only been open 10 days. From the looks on the diners' faces, I will definitely have to return for the Yucatan side of things.

Has anyone tried it yet? Thanks!

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  1. Great find -- even if the food isn't good, the concept is priceless! I'm eagerly awaiting your report on the Yucatan side of the menu.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Sounds like the Cuban-Chinese restaurants I remember from my days as a grad student in NYC.

      1. re: LPC

        No, nothing like that. Cuban Chinese is made by ethnic Chinese who lived in Cuba and developed a slightly hybrid cuisine.

        This is a crazy idealistic Vietnamese dude and what seems a whole village of folks from Yucatan putting their heads together and running with a crazed idea.

        BTW, here's info: 2164 Mission 415-626-6826

    2. Where on Mission is this place? It sounds really interesting.

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      1. re: Nancy Berry

        Oops! Sorry, Mission between 17th and 18th.

      2. Oh man, I can just imagine, bahn mi with habanero salsa. Thanks for the tip.

        -Nick

        1. It's on my list to try too. Got an enthusiastic call from a 'hound yesterday who loves it...hope he'll post now that you've outted it. Near Minako, right?

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          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Yep, that's the place.

          2. Great find! I am so there.