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Saigon Crepes in Gainesville

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A real find! I haven't had the signature dish yet but I have high hopes. We had spring rolls, which were very good with a nice, homogeneous, finely minced and roundly seasoned filling. Also Mini Sun Crepes, which were little cupped pancakes topped with chunks of shrimp and chopped scallion. I've never seen these before and I really enjoyed them, especially with a few dots of Sriracha sauce and a dunk in the nuoc mam dish.

For an entree I enjoyed a "special rice plate," with a lovely grilled pork chop plus shredded pork and a slice of "Vietnemese quiche," which seemed like a terrine topped with egg. My son had pho with meatballs, and when I tasted the broth it seemed to be the lighter Northern-style broth, which is not my preference, but it was good.

The menu has lots of crepes, both "Hanoi," which seem to be variations on the crispy Banh Xeo variety, and "Saigon," a steamed crepe that I am eager to try.

And, all this in a little shotgun space two tables wide in a strip mall on Lee Highway in Gainesville, with stacking banquet chairs!! Otherwise very nicely decorated!! I am really stoked about finding this place, and I like their approach in a lot of ways. They have apparently been around for about two years, and where the hell was I?

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