Banh mi lovers, rejoice. Saigon Sandwich is a tiny gem of a storefront along a gritty (but swiftly gentrifying) stretch of street in the Tenderloin that serves some of the best Vietnamese sandwiches in the city at rock-bottom prices. Step inside and order to go at the counter; there are only two seats at the front of the room. Choose roast chicken, roast pork, meatball pork or tofu, or opt for mixed roast pork and chicken pate -- a particularly decadent mouthful. Sandwiches come on a thick baguette, are slathered with tangy aioli and piled with cilantro, carrots and jalapeno peppers. $3.25-$3.75. 560 Larkin St.; (415) 474-5698.
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