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Banh Mi in Sacramento

peepswang Aug 12, 2006 05:16 PM

Anyone know of a good Banh Mi in Sacto? I live in East Sac and work in Midtown. Though for a good version I will happily get in the car and take a drive. Thanks!

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    melly RE: peepswang Aug 14, 2006 04:57 AM

    I hate to sound really stupid...but I don't know what Banh Mi is. Please enlighten me!

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      ChinoWayne RE: melly Aug 14, 2006 05:02 AM

      My crude definition: a Vietnamese sub sandwich. But much more, when executed well.

      Here is a good thread to get you started on learning about Banh Mi:


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      Oishinbo RE: peepswang Aug 14, 2006 07:44 AM

      I like Huong Lan and Lee's Sandwiches the best.


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        pushslice RE: Oishinbo Aug 14, 2006 11:44 PM

        Lee's grub is certainly not the best of the breed, but they make up for it with good locations, inviting stores, and lots of variety for everyone. I usu. go to the Power Inn Road location when I'm in Sac for work. they even have drive-thru (is this a sign that banh mi is now officially mainstream??)!

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        katew RE: peepswang Aug 15, 2006 03:49 AM

        Huong Lan is very good. A grilled pork sub and an iced mocha with pearls (which does not taste mocha-y at all but just like Vietnamese iced coffee) is in my opinion an excellent lunch, and the combo will set you back all of $4.50.

        I also like the banh mi at New Paris, which is in a shopping center just across Stockton from Huong Lan, so not any closer for you.

        1. Mr Conlin RE: peepswang Aug 15, 2006 10:23 PM

          I also recommend New Paris. Incredibly affordable, and they do a great job with baguettes and croissants, considering the water we have in Sacramento. Go on a muggy, humid day, and they improve a bit.


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            toncasmo RE: peepswang Aug 16, 2006 04:37 PM

            i thought the "new" la bou with the lemon grass express on howe was supposed to have them- does anyone know?

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              wendytails RE: peepswang Sep 1, 2010 03:15 PM

              I know this is 4 years late. But the new menu at the Golden Bear includes a Bahn Mi and it's delicious. I was at their taping of Diners Drive-Ins and Dives the other day and this sandwich will be featured when it airs this fall

              Golden Bear
              2326 K St, Sacramento, CA 95816

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                free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: wendytails Sep 2, 2010 09:59 PM

                Thanks! I am glad you responded when you did.

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                  Glennis_NoCA RE: wendytails Sep 4, 2010 10:03 PM

                  I'm glad you posted it too! I'll be in the area soon, and it's the closest place where I can possibly find anything that remotely resembles authentic! Yes!

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