Tip o' the Cap: Banh Mi So #1 -- Saigon Gourmet

Apr 24, 2007 at 11:40 am

Tip o' the Cap is a regular feature showcasing the newest capsule reviews. Check back often to see what's opened recently and what's new at some of your old favorites. You can browse more than 380 capsule reviews here.

Today, a very special Tip o' the Cap to Banh Mi So #1 -- Saigon Gourmet, which Riverfront Times named Best Vietnamese Restaurant in 2005 and 2006, yet which has been -- until now -- absent from our listings.

The oversight will seem especially inexplicable once you try the food.

Banh Mi So #1 -- Saigon Gourmet 4071 South Grand Boulevard, 314-353-0545. You might visit this charming South Grand spot for banh mi -- it's in the name, after all -- delicious sandwiches with thinly sliced meat, pickled vegetables and sometimes pâté on a crusty baguette. Or you might decide to test the neon sign in the window that proclaims the best spring rolls in St. Louis. These, too, won't disappoint. Or you might just settle for a simple bowl of pho, redolent of cilantro and basil, or paper-thin char-grilled pork over rice sauced with nuoc cham that hits the perfect spot between sweet and spicy. Whatever you choose, husband-and-wife owners Thomas and Lynne Truong will make sure you leave their restaurant full and happy.

The Skinny: Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tue.-Sun. (Closed Mon.) Price Range: $ - $$

-Ian Froeb