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Dec 2, 2009 11:52 AM

Banh MI - Providence

Does anybody know if the Asian Bakery serving Banh Mi on Broadway in Providence is still open? I've stopped by and called a few times in the last 10 days and they haven't been open. There sandwiches are very good.

Does anyone know if there are any other Banh Mi places locally?

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  1. the apsara in fall river has them,and they are good.theres an "apsara restaurant "on the east side,dont know if they are related,maybe worth a call though...

    1. There's on on Broad St. in Providence opposite an Asian market.

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      1. re: Dinsdale45

        That might very well be what the OP is referring to (confusing Broad St. and Broadway; since I'm unaware of any Asian bakery on Broadway.) I've never had good luck figuring out the hours of the Broad St. place, and often just end up eating at the Vietnamese resto across the street (whose name I can't recall at the moment.)

        1. re: Gin n Tonic

          I'm sorry your are correct it is Broad Street.

          1. re: Gin n Tonic

            pho paradise is the name. excellent pho, apps are good. they do serve banh mi but i've never had it there. the new asian market next door is also excellent, clean, and very non-asian friendly. nice people.

            1. re: sarabean

              I have had the Banh mi at Pho Paradise and it was very good! Maybe not quite like what you would get in a bigger city with a Chinatown, but satisfying. The meat was grilled to order, so it took a while, but that obviously had a plus side too. I actually ended up there because Asian Bakery was closed both times I tried to go... I think it was Sunday both times and they were closed for the day.

              1. re: sarabean

                i have to disagree. I would not say their pho is excellent, but better than say the pho at Saigon Cafe in middletown which in it of itself is a poor comparasion. Another downside to Pho paradise is when you leave, you leave smelling like the restaurant which is so so annoying.
                My dad ordered the banh mi there and said it was nothing special so....

          2. Was looking for a place to get banh mi sandwiches and went to Asian Bakery due to this thread. Asian Bakery on Broad St is still open and the BBQ banh mi is $4 and quite good (when you don't bite on a whole chili pepper).

            My mom says that all of her friends get banh mi sandwiches at an Asian supermarket called Am Kes on Potters Avenue, although I have never tried them.


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            1. re: lslao

              Thank you! it's like a mission finding a place in RI thats serves banh mi. I will have to try that market. I called that them and they serve it only on weekends. At least i have a day and time. I can't get a hold of Asian Bakery, both phone numbers listed are disconnected. Ever since I seen it on Anthony Bourdain show i'm dying to try it.

              1. re: sndysauthentic

                asian bakery is very much up and running, open during the day (till 6ish?) during the week and saturdays that i know of.

                1. re: sarabean

                  Great!! In the meantime I did have dinner at Pho Paradise across the street. Had seafood pho. Real pretty, mild in flavor but good. Have to honestly say I never had sliced fish cakes before, its not for me but it didnt have an affect the soup. Its like a garnish in a way.

              2. re: lslao

                I've had banh mi from the Asian Bakery, Phu Lam, and Am Kes Market. Asian Bakery was good but my favorite was from Am Kes Market. My boyfriend really likes it from there too. We go for the beef sandwiches. When we went to Phu Lam the sandwich were made to order which i dont mind at all but it was the girl's first time making it. It didn't taste like the others but i'll give them some time and try again. Hands down the Asian Bakery has the best nim chow with basil and mint, very fresh!

              3. The Asian Bakery of Broad St. is closed. However Pho Paradise next door has them, but theyre not on the menu. You have to ask your waiter. I went yesterday and had one of the best ones I've ever had.

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                1. re: jcwarner90

                  hmm...i had a sandwich from the asian bakery last week, and the place was a bustle with friends & family cooking and eating.

                  1. re: jcwarner90

                    yep, asian bakery is definitely open! they don't keep late hours and are closed on sunday, i think? maybe another day as well, but the place was busy again today when i stopped in!

                  2. This is on Broad St, right? I just made it there yesterday. They serve much more than banh mi, and judging by the menu, the food is more Thai/Lao than Vietnamese. The place is tiny, somewhat messy and unorganized, and the equipment looks seriously used. I ordered seafood fried rice, pad see ew with basil, beef larb, Lao-style papaya salad, sticky rice, and a chicken banh mi. The rice and noodle dishes were both tasty and full of proteins, and the larb was also good, and came with pieces of tripe, which is the way I'm used to seeing it at places around Lowell. The papaya salad was indeed spicy and pungent, and the banh mi was well made with large pieces of grilled chicken rather than the more common shredded chicken. I would say that this is one of the more authentic Southeast Asian restaurants around town.