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Bahn Mi report - Pho Sai Gon - St. Louis

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Bahn Mi report - Pho Sai Gon - St. Louis

Grace | Apr 18, 2005 01:36 PM

I was in St. Louis for a weekend, had heard of Pho Sai Gon and decided to try it out. The place is at 3554 S. Grand, just south of Gravois. In fact, I missed it the first time and had to turn around... then had to try to find parking. With the frustrating network of one-way streets in that area, I ended up parking quite a bit away and walking to the restaurant. As I approached it, I finally noticed the small "Parking in Rear" sign at the door.

I walked in and the place had perhaps one or two patrons. There are two rooms of tables, divided by a center wall; I still don't know if there's a reason for the division, because I walked up to the counter and asked the man not to seat me and ordered a bahn mi to go. He asked me what kind, and I asked if they could make a tofu sandwich. He had to check with the kitchen, and emerged a few minutes later to tell me they could. I had a seat and waited for maybe 5-10 minutes for my sandwich.

I admit I was a little surprised when he handed me a bag and said, "Two seventy."

The baguette was of better-than-average quality, especially in this town and at 2:00 in the afternoon. The fried tofu was nicely chewy, and the cilantro added a nice grassy bite. That was about it on the sandwich; I was hoping for pickled vegetables. The sauce might be more correctly described as gravy and was a little bit too dark for my taste. Overall, however, it was a good little sandwich, if nothing spectacular.

I did get a chance to glance at the menu while I waited for my sandwich. It looked like a typical Vietnamese menu of about 100 choices, including appetizers, desserts and coffee drinks. All of the entrees were priced at around $5 (or under).

I would try Pho Sai Gon again for a quiet meal that won't break the bank (and without the hype of some of its Northern neighbors such as Pho Grand).

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