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A banh mi from Little Vietnam Cafe in San Francisco.

Little Vietnam Cafe



$$$$Perfect For:LunchQuick EatsSerious Take-Out Operation
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Ordering at Little Vietnam Cafe, a mostly take-out operation in the Richmond, can be confusing—they also share the space with the Korean-Japanese mini-chain Koja Kitchen. Once you walk in, you have to approach a kiosk and navigate through the series of prompts to find the Little Vietnam Cafe section of the menu. There, you’ll find a series of pho and vermicelli bowls, but what you’re here for is the bánh mì—options include pork, tofu, ham, or grilled chicken, all served on airy rolls. These sandwiches can be a bit dry, so we suggest asking for some extra mayo. There are a few tables inside, but the five tablets and constantly ringing Doordash pings will probably push you to eat this sandwich elsewhere. 

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