In New York City, I'm told, banh mi are so 2008, perhaps because the New York Times discovered them? But San Francisco's two-block Vietnamese sandwich mecca, in Little Saigon, is still very much worth a trip. Particularly Saigon Sandwiches, which despite being profiled in Esquire and Yelped silly remains a reliably cheap and unbelievably delicious hole in the wall.
The $3 sandwiches come with a limited number of filling options; the chicken, pork, and pork meatball are too divine for me to ever order the tofu. My favorite is the chicken, pictured here. Check out the mouth-watering details and
The 8-inch baguettes are fluffy yet flaky, firm, and fresh, overflowing with pickled carrots, cilantro, jalapeños, and a mayo-type dressing that dreamily mingles with the sweet chicken marinade. Even if you aren't a huge fan of heat, I recommend ordering a sandwich with jalapeños and editing the amount yourself, so you get the full flavor experience.