Small storefront offering banh mi in addition to a plethora of other, ready-to-eat Vietnamese appetizers, ready meals and sweets.
After going many times to the "other place" next door, I finally decided to give this place a try. It was empty when I went in but soon there was a couple groups of people right behind me in short order. The place was relatively clean and tidy. There was a deli case full of buffet style food on one wall but I didn't take a closer look.
I asked for the "house special" because I was in a bit of a hurry and didn't feel like deciphering the menu on the wall. It took a minute or two before the sandwich making began as they warm up the bread first. Overall, the sandwich was good although the bread was not quite as fresh as I would like it. This is a personal taste, but the meat was also a little too thick than I really like it. Overall though, it was pretty decent. Not sure if I will be back because there is so much competition, especially on Kingsway.
I was craving banh mi again today and decided I was going to succumb to temptations by heading down Kingsway again. This little takeout joint is actually just a few doors over from the bakery I went to yesterday; I caught a glimpse of the giant banh mi poster on the window and knew I was going to grace their abode soon enough.
If they didn't have the menuboard up for the sandwiches, you wouldn't even know they sold them. There are several heat lamp cases with various Vietnamese appetizers, and valuable counterspace occupied by pre-packaged, ready to eat items. I ordered the roasted chicken (#7) and grilled sliced pork (#8). I couldn't tell if they baked their bread in house but they did warm them up. Diehard banh mi lovers might consider that taboo but in no way did it ruin the bread. Still crisp at the ends not that day old flakiness, yet the middle of the bun was soft, chewy and warm, almost like a hoagie. Piled on veggies with a punch of heat from the jalapeno peppers, with a generous amount of meats. The pickled vegetables mingled in the background as the meats were strongly marinated, though the chicken was middle of the road - fairly tender but a little tough, while the pork resembled chinese style bbq pork. The subs were roughly footlong behemoths, priced between $2.75 to $3.50. Value!
It took a little while for sandwiches to be made, I waited for about 10 minutes though the staff are polite if not somewhat pensive in demeanor.
Still, great sandwiches here, but hard to rank. It is good in its own right as every place makes it slightly different, so it's best left to the connoisseurs to debate over, though it's worthy of mention.
|1.||Tiem Banh Dong Khanh (Tung Hing Bakery) (12 m)|
|2.||Hoy's Wonton House (54 m)|
|3.||Dong Phu'o'ng Vietnamese Restaurant (60 m)|
|4.||Kien Giang Billards (65 m)|
|5.||Aree Thai Restaurant (75 m)|
|6.||Viet Do (99 m)|
|7.||Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant (131 m)|
|8.||Cafe Saigon (135 m)|
|9.||Cafe Lu Quan (138 m)|
|10.||Domino's Pizza (141 m)|