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Bahn Mi in the East Bay?

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dock Mar 31, 2009 10:20 AM

I have tried bahn mi on International in Oakland and thought it was just OK. Rolls were a little doughy. Any other recs? Willing to go north or south of Berkeley. Richmond? Oakland?

  1. k
    kc72 Mar 31, 2009 10:28 AM

    Which places have you tried in Oakland? I usually go to Ba Le in El Cerrito (good and my local place). Have your tried their International location?

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    Cam Huong Cafe
    920 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607

    Banh Mi Ba Le
    10174 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

    B C Deli Sandwiches
    818 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

    Banh Mi Ba Le
    1909 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

    1. w
      westcoaststyle Mar 31, 2009 11:43 AM

      This should be all you need for your banh mi cravings:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5854...

      1. J T Apr 1, 2009 11:35 AM

        I used to frequent Ba Le, now I go to BT Sandwich Deli (open less than a year) in Pinole.

        BT Sandwich Deli
        1279 San Pablo Ave
        Pinole CA

        BT Sandwich Deli
        San Francisco Bay Area - 1279 San Pablo Ave Pinole CA - Pinole - East Bay

        http://www.chow.com/places/40705

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        1. re: J T
          J T Apr 1, 2009 11:53 AM

          I have no idea how you guys are able to link a place. I've read the instructions but I don't seem to be given that option.

          1. re: J T
            J T Apr 1, 2009 02:43 PM

            Nvm. I had Active X off on my browser.

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            BT Sandwich Deli
            1279 San Pablo Ave, Pinole, CA 94564

        2. daveena Apr 1, 2009 07:53 PM

          My current faves are the mixed cold cut at Ba Le on Franklin in Chinatown (I think they use more pate then the other places - their bread is a bit flabbier than I like, but the meats are good - and maybe the vegetables are slightly less pickled?). the meatball at BC Deli (actually, I think the meatballs themselves are better at Ba Le, but with the meatball, a crisper roll is really critical), and the shredded pork at BC Deli (their banh mi bi, with pork skin and toasted rice powder). BC Deli keeps the bread in a low oven, which means their rolls are usually nicely crisp, but sometimes results in a dried -out roll.

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