I was thinking that the chain of Banh Mi Ba Le shops in the East Bay was better, but recently I went back to Saigon Sandwich after a few years, and was surprised how good it was. Crispy crunchy bread, big, and cheap.
I give them 5 of of 5 ... because it is 'perfect' exactly as it is ... a small hole in the wall that makes amazing food.
I know, I could deduct a star but I just can't fault them for anything, really. I'm closing my eyes to the disorganized appearance of the place as part of of my theory that changing anything might ruin the magic which is essential to their creations.
Clean, cute, and organized, as we all know, can be very misleading when it comes to food quality and bang for the buck. (Witness the Slanted Door's attempt at Banh Mi for $8 to $10 in the Emporium on Market St.)
Saigon Sandwich is crowded, but that's half the fun. And we don't want them going out of business, right?