Fresh Roll is a Vietnamese restaurant located right next to the Metreon, downtown San Francisco. They’ve got a variety of cheap (by SF standards of course) foods as seen below on the menu (from their Facebook)
I wasn’t in the mood for Pho, but I couldn’t resist the allure of a Bahn Mi. I walked in to find the place had a rather familiar yellow and green motif everywhere. It was almost like they were endorsed by Sprite (Coca Cola Co.)! I kept my thoughts to myself and ordered a Lemongrass Pork Bahn Mi to go. It had all the standard veggies – lettuce, bean sprouts, cilantro, cucumbers, jalapenos, and a little pineapple.
The bread was fantastic, which it should always be, considering bahn translates to bread in Vietnamese.
They put on more than a healthy order of Lemongrass Pork on the sandwich, as so it was overflowing! When someone makes a sandwich OVERFLOWING with awesome ingredients, it makes me a very happy camper.
It might be because I was starved after working, but this seemed to me like the best Bahn Mi I had in SF so far. There was just the right amount of tangyness, more pork than you could fit in a sandwich, enough jalapeno slices to make the sandwich spicy without overpowering the other flavors, and the perfect amount of cilantro (I love lots of cilantro).
It was only $7 and some change. If you want a quick + cheap bite and you’re in SOMA near the Metreon. Go grab a sandwich at Fresh Roll!