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Apr 10, 2009 02:13 PM

Vietnamese taco.. err.. Banh Mi Truck?

Supposedly there is one at the corner of Spring and Alpine Ave in Chinatown.

I've NEVER seen it, I've NEVER eaten there, but I'm deathly curious. Has anyone been?

This is gonna own Kogi's.

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  1. It's usually there on the wknds. during the day.
    Have seen it a number of times......have not tried it though........they have a number of different items.........Banh Mi, Pho, Spring Rolls etc........

    1. It has been there during daytime hours every time I've passed by that intersection. The truck is always parked in a parking lot on the northwest corner right next to the sidewalk. not on the street. I've eaten food from there a few times. The banh mi are okay, which is fine if you are nearby but not good enough to make it a destination eatery.

      1. I was about to try it but their bread looked pretty lame. The thin, crunchy Lee's style baguette is my preference.
        BTW you've got quite a few banh mi and pho options within walking distance.

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        1. re: DiveFan

          Where are some good banh mi's nearby?

          1. re: Low Blood Sugar

            Good is a relative term. I work nearby and sometimes get a hankering for banh mi. They are nothing compared to offerings in the SGV or Little Saigon. A rundown of places that sell them off the top of my head: Buu Dien, Banh Mi My Dung, LA Sandwich, Lien Hoa Deli, Chinatown Deli, and Rainbow Bakery. Of those places, my pick would be Rainbow Bakery. They recently remodeled so the interior is much cleaner, brighter and easier to order. They also sell che if you want that. Sandwiches are between $2-3, cash only.

          2. re: DiveFan

            The most well known one is Buu Dien. The other places I know by location and can't always remember the name.
            - The market up the hill (Alpine, College?) in a strip mall (can't find it for the life of me)
            - At least one of several Viet restos in the large 727 N. Broadway mall
            - The bakery (IIRC China Town Deli) at the entrance of the huge 828 N Broadway mall
            I think that even Pho Hoa might have them.
            None of these joints are worth a special trip for banh mi.
            However if you're in the mood for pho ga, Hoan Kiem is your kind of place.

            BTW here's the truck:

            Hoan Kiem
            727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

            Buu Dien
            642 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

            Pho Hoa
            818 N Spring St Ste 103, Los Angeles, CA 90012

            China Town Deli
            818 N Broadway Ste 101, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          3. Glorified vietnamese hot dog cart.

            Kogi has nothing to worry about.

            1. pretty sure this truck WAYYYYY predates kogi. its been there for as long as i could remember. since i was a kid-- at least 15 yrs, and i dont know how long ago before that.