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Sep 2, 2007 10:08 PM

Ba Le Banh Mi

No, this isn't about their sandwiches, altho they are very good. (I did buy their combo today for $2,25.)

I made an impulse purchase of one of their pre-made in a foil tray entrees, at a cost of $3.00. The one I selected was topped w/ half moon slices of the pork cold cut (sausage? pate?)

When I got home, I put all the contents of the tray into a proper bowl, and tossed it w/ the cup of dressing. I intended to only taste it and discard it if I did not find it to my liking. It was actually very good! The noodle bowl was composed of wide, thin rice noodle (cooked perfectly, if you can believe that), bean sprouts, cilantro and a few other herbs I can't remember.

For $5.25, I had two tasty, economical meals! I just want to suggest that maybe one should try other items, in addition to the sandwiches.

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  1. Which Ba Le are you referring to? There are a few Ba Les and "Little" Ba Les around.

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    1. re: Gary Soup

      Oops, you are right--the one in Oakland on International at 14th.

      1. re: MKatrinaToo

        Good suggestion! I haven't been there for a long time -- maybe I should go back.

        BTW, it's actually 15th and International:

        Ba Le Sandwich
        1500 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

    2. to go slightly off topic - but not really - has anyone tried Lee's Sandwiches on Larkin and Eddy? I did not know we had one of those here - i'm only familiar with the one in Southern Cal. I've always loved their Bahn Mi and i've also tried other pre-made packaged items - always found them tasty and interesting. They have quite a good selection. They're located in what is, i guess, known as SF's Little Saigon - i didn't know we had one! my family lives in Westminster, Orange County - which boasts the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam, and Lee's is very well-attended there. (Lee's here is right next door to Bodega Bistro [recommended in a review by Sir Lauriston himself], which i tried for the first time last night - wonderful food.)

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      1. re: mariacarmen

        Is that Lee's related to the Vietnamese sandwich shops, and not the ubiquitous Lee's "deli" sandwich shops found all over downtown SF?

        1. re: mariacarmen

          Yeah, it was okay, but it paled in comparison to Saigon Sandwich or Baguette Express, which are within a block or two of it.