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Banh Mi & Che Cali on Brookhurst and Talbert is now open at 6am

meltedcheese Aug 20, 2009 06:02 PM

Breakfast freeway close. I've been asking when they are going to start opening at 6am for a while now. I had the egg sandwich on baguette which came with two large eggs. She said the best egg sandwich is the one with meatloaf.

Nothing major here just thought I'd let people know.

  1. Professor Salt Aug 20, 2009 06:06 PM

    It's major for me because I drive past it every morning. Every morning I curse the fact that they're not open for breakfast. Thanks for the news!

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      cdmedici Aug 20, 2009 06:23 PM

      I drove my this place two days ago after mowing down two bahn mi at Banh Mi Che Cali up the street. How does this place compare? Is there a connection as the names or so similar?

      1. re: cdmedici
        Professor Salt Aug 20, 2009 07:15 PM

        It's part of the same chain that has locations in Little Saigon and the SGV. This one took over what used to be a pho shop. So this one's unique in that they offer pho. I tried the pho once, which was average at best.

        Unlike the other locations which are tiny and takeout only, this one has a pretty good sized room with seating. This location seems to be missing some items found at the mothership location on Brookhurst & Westminster Blvd. I'm thinking of things like the fried crullers and some other baked stuff. No desserty che at this one either, at least, not on display. I'd say the menu's more gringo'ed than the other locations. Probably a smart move, considering the surrounding workplaces and residences they're drawing business from.

        The bread and sandwiches are similar, but I suspect variations exist within the chain. I haven't eaten at this location enough to make any claims about it either way.

        1. re: Professor Salt
          meltedcheese Aug 21, 2009 12:20 AM

          do the other locations have the same grilled pork. i could be wrong, but because they have a restaurant kitchen i think they cook their meats up a bit different at this location. the grilled pork is perhaps the best meat I've ever had in a banh mi. I also miss that they don't put Maggi sauce on the fried egg sandwich. PS if you bring a box of their macaroons back to your work place after lunch you'll be a hero.

          1. re: Professor Salt
            christoofat Aug 21, 2009 07:16 AM

            P.S. they do carry some of the che desserts, right in the cold case next to the sandwich "stand" part of the restaurant, if you mean the ones in the plastic cup you pour in coconut syrup & mix, etc that is.
            I love this place, and yes it's a bit more "gringo-ized" that the others, but MUCH faster & easier to get your order. I'm usually the only one standing there, though the restaurant side seems to be doing pretty good business.

            Bestest BBQ pork I've ever had in a sandwich!!

      2. Das Ubergeek Aug 21, 2009 09:51 AM

        Wow... that's actually a good thing. It's only a half a mile or so off the bike trail...

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