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what the heck happened to mr. baguette???!

it used to be neck and neck, mr. baguette and lee's sandwiches in the sgv. lee's doesn't have grilled beef, so mr. baguette always got points there. BUT, i'm holding in my hand the vestiges of what mr. baguette used to be - a completely boring chicken sandwich with (big WTH here) a little baggy of the most boring viet veggies ever! it's just a few shreds of daikon and carrot, and two slices of pepper. WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO THE CILANTRO AND THE CUCUMBER? they seem to have been slowly getting stingier and stingier ever since they expanded, first offering completely unnecessary "western-style" lettuce and tomato baguettes, and now this nonsense.

the war is over. lee's has won. that is, unless... i'm missing some secret ordering code where they'll actually put some cilantro and cucumber into my sandwich.

need alternatives. how does the banh mi che cali on valley in alhambra compare btw?

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  1. They are very stingy on the veggies nowadays, and'll charge if you want more. Bahn Mi Che Cali gives a bunch of veggies at no extra charge, but I don't recall them having cilantro or cucumber.

    1. wow, sounds horrible. GGPO mr. baguette

      1. I really like the chicken (#5) at Mr. Baguette. At Banh Mi Che Cali the chicken isn't seasoned the same. It's good, but not as good. Plus the sandwiches are cheaper at Banh Mi Che Cali.

        I haven't had a sandwich at Mr.Lee's, so I can't compare with them, but I've been meaning to. I've heard from other people that they thought the quality of the sandwich had gone down at Mr. Baguette too. The only reason I keep going back is for that chicken sandwich.

        As long as I've been going to Mr. Baguette I never saw them serve their sandwich with cilantro and cumcumber. (But I've only started going there for about a year now). I always have to get extra veggies with my sandwich since I like a lot! It's a whole 35 cents now. It use to be 25 cents. Their sandwiches increased about 20 cents too.

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        1. re: bigtums

          they used to do a full deal veggie assortment... in the beginning, they didn't bag em separately. then they started to. then they slowly lost the cilantro and cucumber. now, it's just a mush of carrots and daikon. yea, a year ago would have been too recent. i'm thinking maybe at least 3-5 years ago? maybe even longer. mr. baguette was my default banh mi for a long time, ever since i discovered banh mi sometime during the last century...

        2. Check out Baguette du Jour on Valley just east of Fremont Ave. I love their BBQ beef banh mi and they bake their baguettes daily.

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          1. re: Ernie

            I always pass this place on my way to the Boiling Crab. I've heard so many mixed things about that place. I didn't know they baked their baguettes daily. I'll give them a try this week.

            1. re: Ernie

              Have you ever had the "Pork of the House" sandwich at Mr. Baguette? It's not a banh mi one, so it's like $4, but it's so good. I wonder if it's like the BBQ beef one at Baguette Du Jour.

              1. re: Ernie

                I just had my first Baguette du Jour sandwich today. I got the beef like you had recommended and it was good. They put the cucumber and cilantro in, so that's good too.

                I personally like the bread at Mr.Baguette more-BUT...the guy working at Baguette Du Jour was so nice. So I will be back there for sure to try the chicken sandwich (ga) or meatball one.

                The egg rolls were pretty good too. He threw in some sauce for the egg rolls and it was just a REALLY REALLY REALLY sweet ketchup-strangely I really liked it.

                1. re: bigtums

                  I've had Baguette du Jour a few months back. The gent behind the counter is indeed a nice guy but the bread/meats were just craptastic.

                  mr baguette never tasted that good to me. the bread may be first rate, but they were always so darn stingy w/ the meats.

                  we're having a 7-way (and now maybe 8 since I just drove by Banh Mi My Tho) BM taste-off in 2 wks. will re-review with a 10-person scoring team...

                  1. re: TonyC

                    Banh mi my tho is my next stop this week, hopefully tomorrow. I can't wait to hear your reviews!

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