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Where can I find a good and authentic Banh Mi?

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Obameji9 Sep 20, 2008 10:08 AM

My co-worker introduced me to the Banh Mi sandwich for the first time. I live in DTLB and I'm trying to avoid driving all the way to Santa Ana just for a sandwich. Will someone please recommend a good place in the surrounding LB or LA area.

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    justagthing RE: Obameji9 Sep 20, 2008 02:39 PM

    You don't have to drive all the way to Santa Ana, you can find some Vietnamese places in Westminster/Garden Grove. But, as far as locally, there are several places on and near Anaheim Blvd. that are fast food Cambodian but also have the sandwiches (Lily's Bakery and My Le), but my favorite is Baguette Paris, also on Anaheim, as they actually make the bread on site there. You can also try Babette's, but not the one on 2nd St. They sold that location and the original owners still have a location on Atlantic in which they make Banh Mi's as well.

    Baguette Paris
    2142 E Anaheim St
    Long Beach, CA 90804
    (562) 930-0639

    Babette's
    1404 Atlantic Ave
    Long Beach, CA, 90813
    (562) 218-8877

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      noshie RE: justagthing Sep 20, 2008 06:24 PM

      Lee's Sandwiches has many locations, not sure in LB though

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        Das Ubergeek RE: noshie Sep 20, 2008 09:42 PM

        Well, Lee's is good as a substitute until you can find something better.

        To the OP -- get on the 22, get off at Magnolia, make a right, and on the SE corner of Hazard is Banh Mi Cho Cu. It's a 10-15 minute drive from Belmont Shore. No need to come all the way to Santa Ana -- in point of fact I can't think of a single banh mi shop in Santa Ana.

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          justagthing RE: Das Ubergeek Sep 21, 2008 08:02 AM

          I knew you would point the OP out to good spots in OC. There is not a Lee's in LB and the 2 places I mentioned are far better than Lee's, especially bread-wise.

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        FED RE: justagthing Sep 24, 2008 09:47 AM

        i also really like the special banh mi at lily's on Anaheim.

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        emilymm RE: Obameji9 Sep 22, 2008 08:39 PM

        How about any Banh Mi in LA? Not SGV, OC?

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          SecretAsianMan RE: emilymm Sep 23, 2008 02:36 PM

          There are quite a few places along Valley Blvd in the San Gabriel Valley, including I think a Lee's.

        2. orythedog RE: Obameji9 Sep 23, 2008 02:39 PM

          Sandwich Express in Reseda. 18575 Sherman Way. They have about 12 to choose from and a whole steam table of other goodies. I like the ice coffee too.

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            aventinus RE: Obameji9 Sep 23, 2008 05:27 PM

            On Valley Blvd in the SGV I like Mr. Baguette for both the grilled chicken and regular chicken banh mi. It is across the street from Lee's, which is fine (and at a cost of what, $3 at Lee's, you might as well get both and throw the one you don't like as much away.

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              noshie RE: aventinus Sep 24, 2008 08:39 AM

              I like Lee's better, mostly because I don't like how Mr. Baguette wraps their daikon, carrot and jalapeno separately (and it is always too little for me, I always have to get extra separately), but Mr. Baguette is better for taking on a plane trip.

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