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“Amazing food, family fun, fresh ingredients.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Banh Mi So

Banh Mi So
4071 S Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63118-3418
(314) 353-0545
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Ranked #1,272 of 2,590 Restaurants in Saint Louis
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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62 reviews 62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
“Amazing food, family fun, fresh ingredients.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2010

Once you try Bahn Mi So on Grand -- you will not go to any other Vietnamese restaurant in Saint Louis. Mom is in the back making your food while father and son take your order, chat with you and bring you the feast! Well known for their amazing FRESH spring rolls -- I would also highly recommend the Bahn MI sandwiches, spicy beef noodle soup and salmon curry. And don't be afraid to ask for a recommendation! This is a "mom & pop" shop that will blow your mind! Enjoy!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Illinois
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93 reviews 93 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Wonderful find!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2010

This is a wonderful little find, lovingly run by a sweet family. The restaurant and the food are so clean, fresh, and delicious. The Banh Mi sandwich is to die for! Great for eat in or take out. This is not fast food so either prepare for a relaxing meal or call ahead to take out.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Best Vietnamese food in St. Louis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2010

A hole in the wall, but the best food and best owners.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 73 cities Reviews in 73 cities
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
“Better than going to Vietnam!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2008

Vietnamese cuisine has not ranked very high on my list in the past, but my experience at Banh Mi So #1 changed that.

The proprietress has spent a lot of time and energy trying to guage the American palate. She has altered her menu to suite American tastes, but kept the exotic flair of Vietnamese cooking, a fine line to walk. For instance she would not recommend Vietnamese fish balls or meat balls for a first timer (right on target in my books).

Spring rolls are bursting with flavor and freshness. She makes her own Nuoc mam from scratch, and can customize it to your taste even further at your table. Just explain your likes and dislikes to the proprietress, and her recommendations are spot on. Also nice to see that Vietnamese locals also dine here, ordering more 'traditional' items from the 'real' menu.

Be warned that there are two menus; the 'right' one -laminated and used in the restaurant, and the 'other' one- the paper copies with lots of misprints.

I live in Los Angeles which has a big resident Vietnamese population, and have found no restaurant that I love as much as this place. I also prefer the style of this restaurant to any of the places at which I ate while travelling around Vietnam.

Overall, Banh Mi So #1 is highly recommended!

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