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Bun Mee in San Francisco

Written By: Mary Bloch - Mar• 04•13

Bun Mee--San Francisc0 P1000471 P1000469On a visit to Sonoma this summer, we needed a quick bite before getting on the plane in San Francisco. So we wound our way through the city via Highway 1 in hopes of finding a parking place near the restaurant I had picked out for a quick lunch. We hit the jackpot and raced in.

For anyone in Kansas City who is reading this and has been looking for a can’t-miss restaurant to open, I offer you Bun Mee.

Bun Mee is a fast-casual restaurant that bills itself as a Vietnamese sandwich shop. It’s colorful, attractive and the food will knock your socks off. Diners order at a counter and then a server brings your food to the table…if you’re lucky enough to grab one.

The menu is simple. Almost a dozen sandwich fillings are offered, each with different toppings. Or you can have a noodle or rice bowl with many of those same toppings. If you want to play it safe there’s also a Grilled Chicken Salad or “Vietnamese” Caesar. Side salads and fun additions like sweet potato fries and egg rolls round out the selection.

I had the Grilled Kurobata Pork sandwich for a very reasonable $6.50. Layered on top was garlic aioli, shaved onion, pickled carrot & daikon, cucumber, jalapenos, and cilantro. The flavors danced in my mouth with every bite. A variation on that is the Braised Kurobuta pork belly with salted radish relish, shaved onion, pickled carrot and daikon, cucumber, jalapenos, cilantro. I had opted for the “healthier” version, but my friend offered me a bite of hers and it was definitely worth getting. Amazing what a little fat adds to the equation!

Grilled flank steak with lime pepper aioli, lotus root relish, shaved onion, pickled carrot & daikon, cucumber, jalapenos, cilantro, and crispy shallots was another winner.

And since we had to try something other than a sandwich, and my husband never met a noodle he didn’t like, he ordered the Bun Noodle Bowl. It came with Vermicelli noodle, lettuce, pickled carrots, cucumbers, mint, cilantro, roasted peanuts, and crispy shallots served with a nuoc cham dipping sauce. He added tofu. It was a bit difficult to mix but worth the effort.Noodle Bowl--Bun Mee

Service was fast, and we had no trouble making our plane. Obviously anything would be better than picking up a sandwich at the airport, but this was a fun way to finish a wonderful week of indulging in food and wine.

Okay, all of you entrepreneurs in the country’s most entrepreneurial city, did I get anyone’s attention??!!

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