Vietnamese taco.. err.. Banh Mi Truck?
Agreed You'd think that a bahn mi truck would be able to follow the Kogi model. They wouldn't have the high rent prices of a brick and mortar place. The food is highly portable and I'd guess easy to make from inside a truck. Heck they could probably do spring rolls, some pastries and iced coffee too. All for a low price and still turn a profit.
I love that truck. It was my favorite banh mi place for the longest time, especially if you ordered with extra meat. :D If you were ordering to eat later, the guy would pack the veggies separately so as not to make your sandwich soggy - and he would give you a ton of veggies, which I love. If you're eating right away, they toast it and pack it all in. Yum. Perfect balance of pate to sliced meat to veggies and chiles.
But last time I was there (a few weeks ago), there were different people manning the truck, and it wasn't as good. I don't know if ownership changed or it was just for the day. I tried to go last week, but I was alone and couldn't find parking. :( I will definitely be back soon and will report in!
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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.
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:
727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012
642 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012
818 N Spring St Ste 103, Los Angeles, CA 90012
China Town Deli
818 N Broadway Ste 101, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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.