Recent recommendations for banh xeo, the delightfully crisp coconut-and-rice-flour crepes usually stuffed with vegetables, shrimp, and meat, are coming in.
"I hate to admit it, but one of the best versions I've had was at the Slanted Door," says Ruth Lafler. "It's a dish where the quality of the ingredients really makes a difference, and Slanted Door uses top-notch ingredients (and you pay for them)."
The down-home version at Saigon Restaurant is the favorite of jan_b: "Lots of shrimp, tender white meat chicken and bean sprouts, plus nice fresh lettuce and mint" in a crisp, delicate crepe. It's only on their dinner menu, though you can get it for lunch by going after 1 p.m. or, strangely, before 11:30 a.m.
Eunonymous loves the banh xeo at Lotus Garden.
For their part, washingtonfamily has enjoyed the banh xeo at Cam Huong—"freshly fried, deliciously shrimpy/porky with plenty of greens"—and a vegetarian version at Golden Lotus.
Slanted Door [Embarcadero]
Ferry Slip, San Francisco
Saigon Restaurant [East Bay]
326 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
Lotus Garden [Mission]
3216 Mission Street, San Francisco
Cam Huong Cafe [East Bay]
920 Webster Street, Oakland
Golden Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant [East Bay]
1301 Franklin Street, Oakland
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