Banh Mi So #1

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The stretch of South Grand Boulevard south of Gravois Avenue has seen several Vietnamese restaurants — some good, some unremarkable — come and go over recent years. Meanwhile, a little farther south on Grand, Lynne and Thomas Truong keep doing exactly what they’ve been doing for two decades now at Banh Mi So #1 — Saigon Gourmet, serving some of St. Louis’ best Vietnamese food. Wife Lynne still keeps her menu brief: soups, noodle bowls, charbroiled meats. Husband Thomas still watches over the oasis-like dining room, serving and clearing, arranging the elements of your iced coffee, chatting.

From the owners

In 1994, the Truong family opened its doors for the first time on South Grand Boulevard as a Vietnamese specialty sandwich shop, appropriately named Banh Mi So #1, which is translated to mean "# 1 Sandwich".

Word quickly spread throughout the Vietnamese community praising the homemade delicacies of this small family take-out. Soon patrons began requesting the much-craved spring rolls that have made Banh Mi So #1, the crown jewel of Vietnamese cuisine.

In 2000, Banh Mi So #1 expanded its facility to accommodate the demands of its patrons with a new dining room, outdoor patio, and private room for parties. Today, it is known as Banh Mi So #1 - Saigon Gourmet.