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Mar 31, 2009 10:20 AM

Bahn Mi in the East Bay?

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?

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  1. 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?

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

      1. 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

        2 Replies
        1. re: J T

          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

            Nvm. I had Active X off on my browser.

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

        2. 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.