Vietnamese cuisine has not ranked very high on my list in the past, but my experience at Banh Mi So #1 changed that.
The proprietress has spent a lot of time and energy trying to guage the American palate. She has altered her menu to suite American tastes, but kept the exotic flair of Vietnamese cooking, a fine line to walk. For instance she would not recommend Vietnamese fish balls or meat balls for a first timer (right on target in my books).
Spring rolls are bursting with flavor and freshness. She makes her own Nuoc mam from scratch, and can customize it to your taste even further at your table. Just explain your likes and dislikes to the proprietress, and her recommendations are spot on. Also nice to see that Vietnamese locals also dine here, ordering more 'traditional' items from the 'real' menu.
Be warned that there are two menus; the 'right' one -laminated and used in the restaurant, and the 'other' one- the paper copies with lots of misprints.
I live in Los Angeles which has a big resident Vietnamese population, and have found no restaurant that I love as much as this place. I also prefer the style of this restaurant to any of the places at which I ate while travelling around Vietnam.
Overall, Banh Mi So #1 is highly recommended!
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