Best Vietnamese Restaurant - 2009
Banh Mi So #1 – Saigon Gourmet
4071 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118
It's difficult to find something new to say about the nearly perennial — four times in the past five years! — winner Banh Mi So #1 – Saigon Gourmet. The menu isn't as broad as at most Vietnamese restaurants in the area, but you can be sure everything you eat will be topnotch and made to order by Lynne Truong. Really, it's just Lynne in the kitchen, chopping fresh cilantro, slipping thinly sliced beef into your pho, rolling your spring roll, so you will have to wait a little longer than usual for your meal, but in the meantime, her husband, Thomas, will attend to your drink order and your spiritual well-being, whether this is your first visit or your 100th, chatting amiably about the day, his grown children, how other area Vietnamese restaurants stole Banh Mi So's recipes. There might not be anything new to say about this absolute gem, but there's always something new to hear.