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May 12, 2007 03:48 PM

Good Bahn Mi in No Va

I'm doing a triathlon tomorrow morning and am thinking I want bahn mi after. I haven't had one since moving from California. Searching through old threads, it sounds like the DC Sandwich has good ones. The tri is in Centreville but I'm willing to come in as far as Falls Church, if needed. Any other suggestions? How about in the Springfield area? There are a few vietnamese restaurants/stores there, it seems. Thanks!

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  1. There's a Ba Le in Springfield (on Hechinger Dr off Backlick).

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    1. re: sweth

      Ba Le is the best, certainly. Try the #1 Super Combo sandwich. Very delicious.

      1. re: sweth

        Thanks for the recommendation--they were great, really hit the spot. I don't know why people bother going to Subway, when they can get a great banh mi for only $2.50.

        There were a few little restaurants that looked interesting in that plaza. Has anyone been to any? I'm going to give them a try.

        1. re: chowser

          The pho place there is good; they've got a not-bad broth and better quality meat than a lot of places. There's also pseudo-Japanese place that I never tried but that I heard was mediocre; if you want Japanese, I'd suggest heading up Edsall to Akasaka in Landmark. And the pizza place in the plaza there is (or was 7 years ago) very mediocre; again, if you're in the mood, head up to Landmark, this time to get a near-NY-quality slice at Valentino's.

      2. DC Sandwich suits me pretty well (cash only) - give the college-age boy behind the counter some heck for me (I keep telling him he needs to get out more, and he agrees - can't 'get out' more than a triathlon!)

        1. DC Sandwich is okay, but do you yourself a favor and go to the Eden Center--another 5-7 minutes past DC Sandwich. Parking will be a nightmare if you hit a peak mealtime, but there are a bunch of bahn mi shops and the entire center is wall to wall Vietnamese.

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          1. re: PollyG

            I''ve had good luck in the Eden Center with Song Que bakery and cafe (in the NW corner of the Eden Center).

            The Banh Mi are pretty good (~$2.50 each) and there's a variety of baked goodies, Vietnamese sausages, etc. that you can purchase in addition to a wide variety of bubble teas.

            1. re: PollyG

              Step 1 - Find Eden Center on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Maybe about lunchtime, say 12noon or so.

              Step 2 - Turn into the Eden Center and get safely off the main road - that would be about 12:30.

              Step 3 - Navigate past families ambling slowly through the parking lot pausing in the middle of the lane to talk, cars waiting in the vain hope that someone will come vacate the parking space they're waiting in front of, and cars just utterly unwilling to let you turn a corner before clipping your bumper - now it's 1, maybe 1:15.

              Step 4 - Finally park way around the back. 1:30

              Step 5 - Get your sandwich - 1:35

              Steps 6, 7, 8, 9 - Do it all in reverse - watch the sunset as you leave Eden Center.

              You want gourmet banh mi at Eden Center, you gotta go on a weekday.

            2. Thanks for all the suggestions. I love Eden Center but can't deal with the parking, especially on the weekend. I will give Ba Le a try. Is that near that new international market, too? Double incentive to go that way. I will give DC sandwich a try, too, at some point. Thanks!

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              1. re: chowser

                If you want to not deal with the parking just park across the street towards the guitar center and walk on over :)

                1. re: jpschust

                  I've seen people do that and it scares me. That road is just too busy and I've seen some close calls. I'll stick do going during the week, though even that's kind of busy sometimes. Thanks!