Can Mr. Saigon Win Over the Lunch Crowd?
Mr. Saigon slings traditional and contemporary takes on banh mi, the French-influenced Vietnamese sandwich that typically consists of meat (usually pork); plenty of fresh veggies like cucumber, lightly pickled daikon and carrot, and cilantro; a slather of mayo; and spiced pate, all layered into a fresh, airy baguette. That perilous line between a filling and heavy lunch that nine-to-fivers must navigate each day? Banh mi walks it just so.
Banh mi-focused Mr. Saigon replaces University Market on 12th Ave
According to a representative from the Mr. Saigon group, “Other Vietnamese restaurants serve $10 individual Vietnamese sandwiches, and we feel like that is expensive,” the rep tells CHS. “We understand why the price is that high, as other places get their ingredients elsewhere, but we make the bread, spread, and cold cuts in house, helping us give the customer more value.”
Located in the former location of Capitol Hill's University Market, this Vietnamese eatery from Lan Hue owner Huy Tat features affordable banh mi sandwiches made with fresh house-made baguettes and homemade ingredients, as well as beer and cider on tap, Asian bottled beers, and Vietnamese coffee. It's all housed in a cute, bright, modern space with succulents and a record station in the corner.
Seattle has plenty of banh mi shops, but we’re glad Mr. Saigon showed up to join them. The sandwiches here cost $5.50 each, and we especially like the Little Saigon, stuffed with tasty grilled pork. Get a Vietnamese iced coffee, too, and take in the smells of freshly baked baguettes and the sight of Seattle U students procrastinating over their sandwiches.