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Dec 20, 2006 10:35 PM

Best Bahn Mi in SGV?

I will be going to the SGV for dim sum on friday and plan to grab a bahn mi in the area to take home. Which is the best place? My search through the archives seem to point to Bahn Mi Che Cali. Any other recs? Thanks!

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  1. kill 2 birds with one stone. go to 888 seafood for dim sum and walk over to banh mi che cali as they are literally next door to each other.

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    1. re: wilafur

      Sorry. Probably going to NBC or Sea Harbor to get acquainted with cart style dim sum before I move into the New Age stuff. Thanks though.

      1. re: young_chower

        888 seafood is, and has always been, cart style dim sum.

        1. re: young_chower

          Sea Harbour is not cart style, and is probably about as "new age" as you'll get. Still, I highly recommend it and you can go to Baguette Express after on Valley Blvd. I don't really see any necessity to learn about dim sum in any particular order -- why not just start with what's good?

          1. re: young_chower

            You could do a lot worse than 888 Seafood -- I went in a week ago to get takeout dim sum and the stuff on the carts looked fantastic. This was about 11 AM.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Count me in as another 888 fan. I know what you mean by "old school" when you say NBC, but 888 is traditional enough that I don't categorize it as "new age." New age is some of the shiny upscale dim sum places you find in SF...but this is the wrong board.

              888 has enough dishes to satisfy the dim sum traditionalist, with new things available to keep it exciting.

              Last visit a week or two ago, the egg tarts were fantastic. The rest of the food was great, but the egg tarts were tripled ordered and then taken home by my sister the egg tart queen.

              1. re: Pei

                or for that matter Rowland Heights or Walnut

          2. re: wilafur

            "go to 888 seafood for dim sum and walk over to banh mi che cali as they are literally next door to each other."

            hey thats great news. I always go to seaharbor, this will give an additional reason to try out 888! when you guys say "best" banh mi... do you mean great crackly/spongy bread also? Thanks!!

          3. I have yet to experience bahn mi che cali, but if you are at NBC, there is a Mr. Baguette in the same shopping center. Mr. Baguette is definitely my personal fave. Lee sandwiches has nothing on these guys.

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            1. re: kotatsu

              I don't know. Lee's Sandwiches has about 30+ locations and Mr. Baguette has two.

              I find the sandwiches at Mr. Baguette to be a little on the lean side for the price. For the price $1.50 at Bahn Mi Che Cali you can't beat it for the price and quality. Plus you can get that Vietnamese iced coffee for $1.25.


              1. Baguette du Jour in Alhambra on Valley Bl. $2.50 for BBQ beef banh mi on a freshly baked baguette.

                1. Bahn Mi Che Cali at the 888 address is pretty interesting. Not only Bahn Mi but lots of other Vietnamese deserts and delicacies.

                  While you're in the area go east about a mile or so and you'll see Mr. Baguette on the right side and on the left side will be Lee's Sandwiches. Must be their new flagship type location-they've got everything there including ice cream they make on the premises in American flavors and Asian flavors. The drive up window when its open will be open 24 hours a day.


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                  1. re: monku

                    Saigon Bakery on San Gabriel and Valley, front of the huge parking lot for the behemoth supermarket.

                    I went to Mr. Baguette for awhile and really wanted to like it, but finally decided that it just wasn't very good. I know they are proud of making their own bread, but the bread is too damn hard and crunchy for banh mi. I like extra crunchy baguettes for certain items but not for banh mi. The stuffing is way too austere. I once asked for a little more veggies (which are in tiny bags) and I was told only if I paid extra. That was the last time I went to Mr. Baguette. This was over two years ago and so things may have changed.

                    1. re: tdonline

                      I second Saigon Bakery. The viet sandwiches there are awesome and it is definitely worth it to buy a few baguettes to take home too.