The Special banh mi – Dinosaurs

The Special banh mi - Dinosaurs
Roasted pork, fancy pork loaf and pork pate with pickled carrot and daikon radishes, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeno, and mayo on a French baguette. $7.49
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

Dinosaurs makes a pretty damn tasty banh mi sandwich! I love all the delicious meat in this sandwich and their pickled veggies are perfect. Noms!

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Shaking beef banh mi – Dinosaurs

Shaking beef banh mi - Dinosaurs
Sliced beef sauteed with onions and vinaigrette, pickled carrot and daikon radishes, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeno, and mayo on a French baguette. $5.39
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

This sandwich was good, but not one of my favorites at Dinosaurs. The beef wasn’t as flavorful as some of the other fillings they have available.

Dried rattlesnake grass
Dried rattlesnake grass (Briza sp., Poaceae), Potrero Hill.

Shrimp papaya salad – Dinosaurs

Shrimp papaya salad - Dinosaurs
Shrimp with green papaya, carrots, daikon, tomato, and Thai basil. Served with crushed roasted peanuts, fried shallots, and a sweetened lime-fish sauce dressing. $5.75
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

Mmm, even the salads at Dinosaurs are delicious! The ingredients taste super fresh and I can’t get enough of those fried shallots and lim-fish sauce. 🙂

Seal Rocks
Seal Rocks, Ocean Beach.

Chicken cabbage salad – Dinosaurs

Chicken cabbage salad - Dinosaurs
Shredded chicken with green and red cabbage, carrots, daikon, and rau rum. Served with crushed roasted peanuts, fried shallots, and a sweetened lime-fish sauce dressing. $5.75
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

I liked this salad, but the chicken wasn’t as good as the kind they put in their banh mi’s. But everything tastes better with that lime-fish sauce on top!

Horses at Fort Funston
Horses at Fort Funston Beach! Thank goodness my doggie doesn’t chase after them. 🙂

Chicken and shrimp spring rolls – Dinosaurs

Chicken and shrimp spring rolls - Dinosaurs
Shredded chicken and boiled shrimp, vermicelli noodles, mint, rice paper, peanut sauce. $4.75
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

Why is Vietnamese food SO good?! Perhaps it’s because it’s packed with flavor (and saltiness)! Whatevs, I’ll eat it any day.

Decorative maple tree
Decorative maple tree (Aceraceae) with a sycamore tree (Platanaceae) in the background, 16th Street.

The Crispy Tofu banh mi – Dinosaurs

The Crispy Tofu banh mi - Dinosaurs
Shredded fried tofu, rice noodles, and taro with Vegenaise, pickled carrot and daikon radishes, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeno, and mayo on a French baguette. $4.75
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

Hmm, this was fun to eat but it wasn’t really my kind of banh mi. I definitely prefer the more meaty variety. The tofu shreds were also really small so it didn’t seem substantial enough for me.

Orange Aloe sp
Orange Aloe sp. (Xanthorrhoeaceae) flowers, West Field Road.

The Meatball banh mi – Dinosaurs

The Meatball banh mi - Dinosaurs
Pork meatballs, pickled carrot and daikon radishes, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeno, and mayo on a French baguette. $4.75
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

I think I’ve tried all but one of the different Vietnamese sandwiches at Dinosaurs. They’re all SO yummy that I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite. Fried tofu banh mi, here I come!

Wooden play sculpture, Dolores Park

Wooden play sculpture, Helen Diller Playground, Mission Dolores Park.