Okay, another location in the small chain of Banh Mi joints…right where it belongs.
Okay, so I was trying to find where to park at Pho Filet (hint: I didn’t find it). And I was wondering what I should do with myself.
Of course, spend my lunch in the parking lot of a Vietnamese Shopping Mall Parking Lot having a Banh Mi.
Not a bad way to go.
Part of the reason I was drawn to Saigon’s Bakery & Sandwiches (no apparent link anywhere), was the fact that I’d been to the other Saigon’s Bakery & Sandwiches in San Gabriel. It worked for me the last time, so going again seemed like a damn good idea.
So, let us recall:
Like most Vietnamese Bakeries or Convenience stories, [Saigon’s Bakery & Sandwiches] have lots of treats of display…as well as a big menu for Banh Mi, which is what I was there for.
The process is simple. Get in, order up at the counter, wait for it to grill, then sit down and wait for the–
Yeah, now that I think about it. The restaurant isn’t terribly complicated. Probably why I like it so much.
Plus, after you’ve picked up a foot long Banh Mi on good, good break, three fried egg rolls and a can of Coke for a grand total $5.38?? Very little will bother you for the rest of the day, except…when I can get another one?
Rosemead is rapidly becoming my favorite location for Vietnamese food…especially since frequency drives down to Orange County are out of the question. I still think Golden Deli makes the best Banh Mi (and Banh Mi My Tho makes the cheapest), but this place does gives me the best of both worlds.
Plus, in and out for five bucks (including Coke and Egg-rolls)? That’s a damn good deal.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Banh Mi, Banh Mi, Banh Mi.
Yeah, you can get the other stuff, but the star attraction is the Banh Mi, in this case the Grilled Pork.
Golden Deli still ranks as my favorite, but Saigon’s Bakery & Sandwiches’ grew and grew on me with each bite. By time I was finished, I was thinking I should maybe get another.
No, no. Eat responsibly. Don’t make a pig of yourself. Savor what you’ve had until your next visit. Plus, you still got those Egg Rolls to nosh on.
The Egg Rolls come for 3/$1.49 and they were…okay. They were deep fried to the point where everything inside came close to being annihilated…
….but dang, why the hell do I love these things?
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: The main thing to remember, especially now that I’ve been to both locations, is that…there ain’t a lot of seating inside. So the whole…sit in my car and each my sandwich thing…not a lot of choice there.
And the crumbs…there will be lots and lots of crumbs.
Oh, and don’t forget: Cash Only.
PARKING: There is ample free parking in Saigon Bakery and Sandwich’s mall lot. There are a lot of stores there, but…you will find a space. Maybe not the best one, or the one closest to the door, but you will find a spot…
…to park, and…yes…to eat.
Saigon’s Bakery and Sandwich (Rosemead)
8118 Garvey Ave # I
Rosemead, CA 91770
Tel: (626) 288-2132