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Best Bahn Mi Sandwiches??

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I work near downtown LA but often travel to monterrey park/rosemead/alhambra for a good lunch. Are there any Bahn Mi spots either downtown or out in the SGV that really standout?

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  1. Chinatown (not that noteworthy or great. Just convenient):
    Buu Dien
    Banh Mi My Dung

    SGV:
    Banh Mi My Tho (my current favorite)
    Mr. Baguette
    Banh Mi Che Cali
    Saigon Sandwich

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    Mr Baguette
    8702 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

    Buu Dien
    642 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Banh Mi My Tho
    304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

    Saigon Sandwich & Bakery
    718 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

    My Dung Sandwich Shop
    314 Ord St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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

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    1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

      I've tried Buu Dien and I've tried Chinatown Deli down the street, and I can't for the life of me figure out why so many people prefer the former. I always get the banh mi dac biet; should I be trying something else?

      1. re: Bjartmarr

        Personally, the only banh mi I particularly like in Chinatown is one I forgot to list. Rainbow Bakery recently renovated their interior. The sandwiches are closer to $3 but I think loads better than either Buu Dien, My Dung, or even Chinatown Deli. Give Rainbow Bakery a try, especially their Banh Mi Dac Biet.. It's accessed through the parking lot of Ai Hoa Market.

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        Rainbow Bakery
        424 W College St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    2. As regards Chinatown banh mi - My Dung - the name says it all. Tried Buu Dien the other day off a CH recommendation - not terrible but not as good as two other options...

      Lien Hoa - has a really good baguette but not so great on the filling. The exception being their very non-traditional roast pork banh mi. Great mix of crunchy skin, pork and fat.

      Also the truck on Alpine and Spring is very cheap and has great fillings but the drawback is their bread is a bit sub par.

      1. Forget LA, you have to get out to the SGV. Mr Baguette and BMCC are both good. I just wanted to use this post as an excuse for two of my favorite places (but they are in OC)

        Ba Le on Bolsa (they make their own charcuterie) is fantastic. Nhu Lan is another good place that just opened. They are on Brookhurst and Garden Grove Blvd. Nhu Lan is named after one of my favorite spots in Saigon.

        If you end up in that part of town, I highly recommend giving them a try.

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        1. re: bsquared2

          Best Chinatown Banh Mi:

          Lien Hoa on Broadway has the best bread and also will put in their crackly roast pork for a little extra.
          The Nam Truck on Alpine and Spring has the best fillings and variety (and all sandwiches are $2.50) plus its run by a super friendly lady.
          LA Sandwich is hidden back in a weird mall-thingy on Broadway closer to Ord. They aren't the best but they are a good way to mix it up and they have a great mango ice slush.

          I don't get the Buu Dien thing either. Lousy bread and nothing special inside. The only thing worse is My Dung it's - (insert name-based juvenile put-down here). Haven't tried Chinatown Deli though. What's their strong suit?

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          LA Sandwich
          736 N Broadway Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        2. Bahn Mi Che Cali is the best. Go to the one on Valley Blvd. in Rosemead. The one on San Gabriel Blvd. isn't quite as good--it's geared more for Chinese than Vietnamese customers.

          1. banh mi my tho is my current fave in sgv.

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            Banh Mi My Tho
            304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803