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Saigon Bakery

Thi N. Jul 12, 2009 11:00 PM

Brief note: Saigon Bakery & Sandwich, in the big supermall at the corner of San Gabriel Blvd. and Valley. A pretty good banh mi.

Fresh baguette, nicely soft innards. Good, crispy pickles, fresh cilantro. A nice, thin amount of meat. Good balance. I had the nem nuong (Viet pork sausage). Good use of some sort of margarine/mayo goop, that carried the spice and pork juices over everything well.

You've got your choice of big, round bread, or long slender baguette bread. I went slender.

This and Buu Dien in Chinatown are currently in my "decent places to get a banh mi" outside of Little Saigon. This is loads better than Lee's Sandwich. Neither of these are the glorious of Little Saigon, but they're pretty tasty.

Two bucks a sandwich. Good iced Viet coffee.

(Viet Noodle in Atwater has super banh mi, but it's in a different category, being overtly gourmet-ish/high end, and costing about 3 times as much for a much smaller sandwich. Worth it to me, but it's a different entity. Though the sardine sandwich is fantastic)!

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  1. Das Ubergeek RE: Thi N. Jul 13, 2009 08:54 AM

    There's a place -- and I'm sorry, I disremember the name -- on Garfield and Emerson, near Yunchuan Garden, across from Dim Sum Express -- with really great, hugely-stuffed pork (thit heo nuong khong pa te) banh mi for like $2.25.

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      taiwanesesmalleats RE: Thi N. Jul 13, 2009 09:01 AM

      Just curious, have you tried Banh Mi My Tho? That's my current go-to spot when I'm in the SGV.

      1. ipsedixit RE: Thi N. Jul 13, 2009 11:21 AM

        The unfortunate thing about Saigon Bakery is the subpar pate. It brings down the entire banh mi sandwich experience.

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          sel RE: ipsedixit Jul 13, 2009 11:33 AM

          So who's pate (in banh mi) reigns supreme? I love the stuff, when there is an option on a menu like "Extra Pate 50 cents" to remind me, I always add it!

          Buu Dien
          642 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          Viet Noodle Bar
          3133 1 2 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

          Banh Mi My Tho
          304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

          Saigon Sandwich & Bakery
          718 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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            Das Ubergeek RE: sel Jul 13, 2009 12:33 PM

            These people's:

            Zon Baguettes
            14081 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA

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              sel RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 13, 2009 02:47 PM

              Next time Hollingshead's Deli has a brew on tap that I MUST have, lunch will be at Zon Baguettes!

              Hollingshead's Delicatessen
              368 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868

            2. re: sel
              ipsedixit RE: sel Jul 13, 2009 02:28 PM

              Believe it or not, I like the pate they serve with the banh mi at Vietnam Restaurant.


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                sel RE: ipsedixit Jul 13, 2009 02:45 PM

                Ok, I'll give it a try..........soon.

                Vietnam Restaurant
                340 W Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel, CA

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            BearCity RE: Thi N. Jul 13, 2009 03:26 PM

            My favorite banh mi anywhere is the grilled pork at Saigon Bakery. The bread is always fresh and wonderful, and the fillings are great as well. I've tried the same sandwich at Banh Mi My Tho (based on rec's from this board), and I prefer Saigon by far.

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