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Mike's Banh Mi- Chinatown

I tried out the new Banh Mi place in Chinatown today and it was excellent. I ordered the Pork Pate Sandwich with Cold cuts, extra spicy. The bread was fresh, cold cuts tasty and the toppings were also fresh, even though it could have been a bit more spicy. The highlight though was the Pork Pate, so delicious.

Each sandwich is $2.75 and they have been open for only 2 weeks in the ground floor of the Lofts Avana on the corner of Harrison and Beach. Give it a try!

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  1. Sounds good! Do you know if they do a sardine (ca moi) banh mi?

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      They only have cold cut. I went there yesterday. There cold cuts were good, the veggies were decent as was the bread. I found the bread a little to airy on the inside and a little too crusty (crumbly) on the outside. Not as good as Mei Sum I would say, and mine were a little light on the cilantro. Still worth checking out if you are fan of bahn mi. Through August, if you buy 2 you get a can of soda or water with it.

      1. re: MC Slim JB

        they will start having (ca moi next week)

        1. re: bostonmle

          Any confirmation on this? Sardine banh mi sounds interesting....

          1. re: tysonmcneely

            The only other place I've seen sardine banh mi is at King Do Baguette in Savin Hill, where it's fantastic.

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      2. Perhaps they'd throw some more 'heat' into it if you asked.. thx for the tip, though.. I love searching for a good bahn mi when I find my way downtown.

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        1. re: grant.cook

          I've been out of town for the last 6 months, but a few months before leaving I found 163 Vietnamese Sandwich, and made it there as much as I could. The tofu sandwich was very weak (unmarinated, barely sauced), but botht the pork and the beef ones were excellent. I THINK I liked the beef better, but can't remember. Very fresh crispy vegetables as well.

        2. Went by here for my first time on Friday; I really liked it, it is a more substantial sandwich, both from the bread and the fillings, than my favorite at Mei Sum. Also, they use jalapenos instead of thai chilis so maybe that's why heat can be hit or miss. The ingredients were super fresh, and Mike was there to tell me that his family has been making banh mi in Boston fro 20 years, their last place was in Quincy, but before that they had the stand in the C-Mart right across from Pho Hua (I have no idea of that street name). I used to love that place and was sad when it went. He also told me they will focus only on banh mi for now (though they are also selling some small selection of Cantonese bakery items, not their own, and sodas).

          Worth a try for sure.

          1. Thanks for this update! Looks like it's at 46 Beach Street near Harrison Ave.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

            1. FYI, they have cold cuts and beef now, both very, very good.

              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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              1. re: MC Slim JB

                They also have a tofu, or something, faux chicken....NOT very good, more like a frozen patty cut in half and microwaved....

                ETA: My BAD,BAD, BAD; I had the wrong Banh Mi place...I was thinking of Banh Mi 163, or whatever the numerically named one next to Maxim Bakery is called...
                Never mind...

                1. re: galleygirl

                  I have not seen that tofu. On the other hand, I asked what they had, and they responded, "Just cold cuts." I said, "Really? Just cold cuts?" They thought about it, and then said, "And beef."

                  So maybe if I had said, "Really? Just cold cuts and beef?", they would have admitted to having the tofu, too.

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                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    My BAD,BAD, BAD; I had the wrong Banh Mi place...I was thinking of Banh Mi 163, or whatever the numerically named one next to Maxim Bakery is called...
                    Never mind...

                    1. re: galleygirl

                      I didn't like the tofu mock-meats (chicken, ham, and duck, last I looked) at 163 Vietnamese Sandwich, either.

                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/