Weight of opinion: Kathy of Food and the City turned away from the KC Masterpiece-slathered cliches of the holiday weekend to take a bite out of five of the city's best Vietnamese sandwiches (plus three also-rans). The winner? *Surprise*: Saigon (okay, no surprise, 'specially since Gene Miguel, new cheap eats correspondent for the Ex, drooled over Saigon last week). The Larkin Street locus of jalapeño-spiked deliciousness packs in hefty gobs of paté, pretty much the definition of a winner. To steal from -- er, paraphrase -- Kathy: Now we want one.
Low-rise neighborhood: Burrito Justice spilled updates on Pi Bar, the yet-to-drop pizza place taking over the old Suriya Thai space on Valencia. Late August opening, cranking till midnight, etc. Anybody wanna help Burrito spin variations on flat foods (besides, pizza, cookies, and pupusas) suitable for continuing a certain theme in the vicinity? We vote for an IHOP to move in. Burrito?