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The interior at Banhwich in San Francisco.




$$$$Perfect For:Walk-Ins

Stepping into Banhwich in the Outer Sunset feels like you’ve transported yourself into a bygone world where Circuit City and Blockbuster are still on every corner. This tiny takeout counter with 13 different types of bánh mì is decked out with a ‘90s-style fridge with faux-wood paneling and an incandescent light that looks like it belongs on the set of Office Space. While we love all these little touches, it isn’t enough to guarantee a good meal. Disappointingly each sandwich is absolutely dominated by shredded carrots and vinegar that push any other flavors out. Still, the bánh mì xíu mại isn’t a completely horrible meal—the bread is crispy and it will fill your stomach in a pinch—but there are far better options in the city we’d send you to first. 

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