Tuesday, May 18, 2010

#80: Banh Mi Dac Biet at Phuc Loi

Posted By on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 12:14 PM

click to enlarge IAN FROEB
  • Ian Froeb
St. Louis is a pretty good place for banh mi, the outrageously good -- and outrageously cheap -- Vietnamese sandwich of pork, pâté and vegetables in a French baguette. My favorite right now is the banh mi dac biet at tiny Phuc Loi at Gravois and Spring Avenues. Here you get thin slices of ham and head cheese, sizable chunks of grilled pork and, what puts it over the top, a whole fried egg.

The luscious yolk gives the sandwich an extra hit of savoriness that's the perfect counter to handfuls of brightly flavored cilantro and fiery raw jalapeños. Priced at $3.50, the banh mi dac biet rivals taqueria tacos as one of the best values in town.

Phuc Loi
3723 Gravois Avenue

I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.


#81: Prosciutto bianca pizza at the Good Pie
#82: Gold Coast Chocolate ice cream at Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream
#83: Hot salami (salam de testa) at Gioia's Deli
#84: Veal parmesan sandwich at Biggie's
#85: Nachos (with jalapeños and extra cheese cup) at Busch Stadium
#86: Lobster bisque at Café Ventana
#87: Calamari fritti at Mangia Italiano
#88: Brisket sandwich at Winslow's Home
#89: Paletas at La Vallesana 2
#90: Spaghetti and meatballs at Sugo's Spaghetteria

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