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Lee's Sandwiches Banh Mi Recs

Hey All,

I'm getting a whole bunch of sandwiches for a party and I'm chosing Lee's Sandwiches in SGV. I agree with a lot of posts saying that they are not the best, but they will be the easiest to deal with because of the volume.

I really like their veggie sandwich, but was not too fond of their roast pork.

Does anyone have a sandwich that they think is excellent or very good?

I'm gonna have to order without tasting, so I would love to hear your experiences.

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  1. If you're going to the Brookhurst & Westminster location to pick up Lee's, I'd suggest going to Brodard across the street for a tray of goi cuon. They are hit for parties and they can individually wrap them in saran wrap.

    1. I'm not too sure if any of Lee's sandwiches are "excellent or very good". The sandwiches can be good, okay, or not so good depending on which location and time. I usually order their grilled pork sandwich, but it sounds like you are not too fond of that (roast pork = grilled pork?). I'd consider looking in to Zon Baguette in Tustin, they may be able to handle the volume, and their sandwiches are excellent.

      1. At Lee's I like the Dac Biet (various cold cuts/pate) and the Cha Lua (just the steamed pork sausage). Personally, I also like the salami and cheese from the "european" menu.

        Be sure to ask for the pickled vegetables on the side so that your sandwiches don't get soggy on the way home, and ask them to cut each sandwich in half so they're easier for party eating.

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        1. re: kingkong5

          Agree on the dac biet, and absolutely ask for the vegetables on the side.

          I know you've made your decision, but I think you'll be much happier at Banh Mi Che Cali, which can absolutely handle the volume, even if you don't call ahead.

        2. "Does anyone have a sandwich that they think is excellent or very good?"

          Yes, the BBQ beef banh mi at Baguette du Jour in Alhambra. They bake their own baguettes which are long, nicely on the thin side, and not too bready

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          1. re: Ernie

            I've been to Lee's and Baguette du Jour, and I prefer the banh mi at Baguette du Jour. The bread is softer, and I thought the fillings were more generous and fresh tasting. The fresh spring rolls at Baguette du Jour are also very tasty. I think they could improve their (peanut) dipping sauce, though. It's a bit too watery. The spring rolls taste good without it or with hot chile sauce, instead.

            Baguette du Jour
            (626) 282-0109
            2436 W Valley Blvd
            Alhambra, CA

            The Lee's drive-thru in Rosemead makes a nice fresh carrot juice. I recommend the carrot juice there, but my sandwich, unfortunately, came on hard bread (hard, as in old and dry). I don't think they make them that way on purpose. :)

            There are other places that I would like to try, but that's all I know, for now. :)

          2. IMHO, their best and the one they do better than another Bahn Mi place that I've tried is their Meatball. Really excellent flavor, very approachable to everyone, and not overwhelming in taste or saltiness...


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            1. re: Dommy

              dommy, you are talking about the Meatball sandwich at Lee's, right?

              1. re: adamgoodjunk

                Yes... it's pork meatballs...


            2. I tried the Vegetarian sandwich today and it was better than I had anticipated. But before this, I used to only eat the Grilled Pork sandwich. I feel that there isn't a lot of stuffing but overall, sandwich is okay.

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              1. re: aprmayjun

                I felt the same way about my sandwich at Lee's-- hard bread and skimpy on the meat and veggies.

              2. BBQ chicken's pretty safe. The BBQ pork quality can be a little fatty/gristly at times. I really didn't care for the cha-siu-style pork sandwich.

                1. And the passionate banh mi debate is reopened! I had to go running my mouth a few months ago and the board went nuts! =)


                  1. Chicken. Honestly, to me, the chicken in the chicken baguette at Lee's, Mr. Baguette, and Che Cali, all looked and tasted pretty much the same, the only difference was the bread, and I think Mr. Baguette is the winner for the bread.

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                    1. re: slacker

                      lees sardine sandwich is great, yes.. sardine!!

                      1. re: Foodandwine

                        I agree, if you're in the mood for sardines this is the sandwich to get. It is similar to a tuna sandwich, I would say.

                    2. I tried the Lee's drive-thru in Rosemead again today. This time, I got the veggie sandwich. It was surprisingly good. I have no idea what was in it. The only thing that I recognized was the cilantro and the pickled veggies. The baguette was a bit softer than the last time I went. Last time, my baguette was a bit too hard.

                      I also tried the "mint milk grass jelly" drink. I just wanted to try something new, and it sounded interesting. Although I drank the whole thing, the flavor reminded me very much of toothpaste or mouthwash. The grass jelly was pretty good, though. What is grass jelly?


                      The spring rolls were nothing special, but I have to say, I appreciate the drive-thru at Lee's in Rosemead. I was appreciating all the Chinese and Vietnamese shops on that stretch of Valley Blvd., between Alhambra and Rosemead, during the drive there.

                      Lee's Sandwiches Rosemead
                      8779 East Valley Boulevard @ Muscatel Avenue
                      Rosemead, CA 91770
                      Phone: (626) 291-2688
                      Fax: (626) 291-2626

                      A sign on the window said they now close at 11PM, as opposed to 2AM.

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                      1. re: katkoupai

                        So, I wound up ordering 80 sandwiches from Lee's. They were very professional and had everything wrapped up and labeled so i could distinguish the meat from the veggie sandwiches. Roast Pork is WAY different than Grilled Pork. Their roast pork is gross (in my opinion) and the Grilled Pork was very good. This was a very very easy and cheap way to cater a party...

                      2. Lees sandwiches......the only sandwich I've ever completely thrown away. The "BBQ Pork" was 90% fat. Nothing to salvage in that sandwich.