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LL1 Jul 18, 2009 02:02 PM

Where can I get a good bahn mi near Echo Park? I can go downtown, Chinatown, etc. I hate to have to go to Gingergrass on Glendale or those places in Atwater and pay $9. I'm looking for something like Che Cali in Westminster: the real thing. A whole baguette for two bucks. I've tried the coffee shop kind of place in Chinatown (near the art galleries) and thought it was good, but the sandwich was small and expensive. I've also tried that Vietnamese truck in Chinatown, but the beef on the sandwich wasn't that great.

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    Burger Boy Jul 18, 2009 02:11 PM

    There is a place in Chinatown on Broadway, I forgot the name but I am sure someone will chime in.

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      Burger Boy Jul 18, 2009 02:14 PM

      http://gastronomyblog.com/2009/06/03/banh-mi-my-dung-los-angeles-chinatown/

      http://www.yelp.com/biz/buu-dien-los-...

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        monku Jul 18, 2009 02:15 PM

        Think it's called Chinatown Deli right at the entrance of that shopping mall. Almost right across the street from Yang Chow.

        For the OP Buu Dien in Chinatown might fit what you're looking for. In the back of the strip mall where Yum Cha Cafe is located.

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        Buu Dien
        642 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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          LL1 Jul 18, 2009 11:02 PM

          Thanks everyone. So I went to the place in the strip mall across from Yang Chow, and I ended up buying from the place in the strip mall down from Yum Cha. It was just OK; extremely mediocre. I am convinced I could have made better than that at home myself. Actually, I would have been better off spending nine bucks and buying the sandwich from Gingergrass or that place in Chinatown that is by the art galleries, which is similarly expensive. The bread at the place by Yum Cha was crap, and the meat was a bit "mysteryish." Unless I hear otherwise, I guess I have to spend nine bucks, or drive to the OC for a good banh mi.

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            monku Jul 19, 2009 06:13 AM

            Sorry about your disappointment in Buu Dien, my Vietnamese friend swears by that place for Chinatown bahn mi. There's a bahn mi place inside a little mall where United Foods used to be.

            I usually go to Bahn Mi Che Calle on Valley Blvd. For a $2 sandwich I'm not that picky, but the fresh bread is a must for me. You can't beat their buy 2 get one free deal.

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            Banh Mi & Che Cali
            647 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

            Banh MI Che Cali
            135 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

            Banh Mi & Che Cali
            8450 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

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              Burger Boy Jul 19, 2009 06:46 AM

              Great places in San Gabriel, just thought you did not want to travel, the extra 15 minutes would have made a worls of difference.. Besides Banh Mi Che Cali there are several place people always talk about on this board, do a searxh and good luck.

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                ns1 Jul 20, 2009 07:03 PM

                i <3 ba le bakery

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