Grabbing a $3 Vietnamese Sandwich in the Ghetto of San Francisco
The blocks of Little Saigon in San Francisco's Tenderloin are colorful and diverse, gritty and grimy, and lively and occasionally dangerous. Pho restaurants are plentiful, as are cheap sandwich stops, but one of the best—Saigon Sandwiches—is a true hole in the wall. You will see just a few items on the wall to order, including the chicken or meatball pork sandwich (which is divine, with marinated carrots and onions; spicy, tasty, mashed-up meat; and seemingly secret ingredients inside a crunchy roll). Order your sandwich, move to the side as others pile into the cramped space, hand over $3.25 for your prize, and you're off. (Only a small nook at the window offers seating for customers, so you're better off taking your sandwich elsewhere.) The location in the TL isn't ideal, but the experience, and each bite, are worth the trek.