Best Banh Mi in America?
The nominees, please:
Seattle: Saigon Deli (1237 South Jackson Street), Sun Bakery & Cafe (658 South Jackson Street)
Portland: Best Baguette (8303 SE Powell Boulevard)
New York: Baoguette (61 Lexington Ave, multiple Manhattan locations), Momofuku Ssäm Bar (207 Second Ave, Manhattan), Ba Xuyen (4222 Eighth Avenue, Brooklyn), Tan Thanh (5818 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn)
New Orleans: Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery (14207 Chef Menteur Highway)
Atlanta: Lee’s Bakery (4005 Buford Highway NE), Quoc Huong (5150 Buford Highway NE)
San Jose: Lee’s Sandwiches (260 East Santa Clara Street)
Los Angeles: Nom Nom Truck
San Francisco: Saigon Sandwich (560 Larkin Street)
A few comments about the San Francisco nominee, with which I am very familiar: The article says it is in "a particularly rough stretch of the Tenderloin." Hogwash! It's a block up the street from the Federal Building on a street that's perfectly safe (and swarming with Federal cops of one sort or another including FBI, not a few of them going to buy lunch) during any hours the shop is open. On the other hand, it may not have the best sandwiches--just one block down the street, DIRECTLY across from the same Federal Building, is Wrap Delight whose owner and operator reportedly once worked at Saigon Sandwiches and who puts out IMHO an even better product. Both are crowded little holes in the wall, but Roadfooders know those kinds of places often put out the best food.
Oh, and for devotees of Lee's Sandwiches (of which I am also one), they have many outlets in San Francisco but the one that focuses on Vietnamese sandwiches (the rest sell sandwiches of all sorts at real bargain prices) is also on Larkin Street (officially dubbed "Little Saigon" by the city) one more block up the street from that Federal Building--so, yes, you have 3 outstanding Banh Mi sources in 3 blocks.
post edited by BT - 2011/02/07 13:11:24