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100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: Bahn Mi From Saigon Cuisine

As a countdown to the Best Of Broward Palm Beach 2010, coming in May, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to [email protected]

No. 63: Banh Mi from Saigon Cuisine

One hundred years of foreign rule can change the shape of any cuisine, just like it did in Vietnam. The French influence there is responsible for many dishes, but among them all, the baguette sandwich known as banh mi may be the most enticing. Like an Asian version of a deli sub, banh mi feature crusty bread spread with mayo and all manner of meats, livened by crisp vegetables, pickles, and hot peppers. At Saigon Cuisine, the banh mi are masterworks of sandwichcraft. The best among them is a combination of Vietnamese ham and smooth pork pate. Earthy, spicy, tangy, crisp, it's a sandwich that can hang with -- and beat out -- any ol' French version around.

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No. 65: Chimichanga from Aleyda's Tex-Mex Restaurant
No. 66: Chicago dog from Hot Dog Heaven
No. 67: Lobster bomb from Galanga
No. 68: Wheat chiabatta from Gran Forno
No. 69: Fried chicken from Fran's Chicken Haven
No. 70: Salsa from Zona Fresca
No. 71: Falafel from Sunrise Pita
No. 72: Golden crab curry from Bamboo Fire
No. 73: Grilled squid from Sushi Bon
No. 74: Beef pho from Basilic Vietnamese Grill
No. 75: Stuffed poblano from Canyon
No. 76: Raja tamales from Chini's Burritos
No. 77: Udon soup from Sushi 1
No. 78: Steak fries from Maguires Hill 16
No. 79: Cheese steak from Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies
No. 80: Sliders from Zed451
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