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Banh Mi Sandwiches

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  1. San Diego County's bigger than Jamaica or Lebanon. Can you pick an area?

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      1. re: stevenr29

        Pho Xpress downtown - 1125 6th Ave.
        Really great Banh Mi! The #11 is the basic, but they have a bunch.
        Really nice people run it and I often call ahead and pick up - parking isn't great.

        1. re: xanb

          -Current favorites -
          Cali Baguette Express - Mira Mesa
          Bale - Mira Mesa
          K Sandwiches - Linda Vista

          1. re: stevuchan

            Seconded on K's and Cali Baguette.

            You can't have a good banh mi without fresh bread.

            These both bake their own.

            I like K's more, but Mira Mesa is closer...

          2. re: xanb

            Interested to hear other's experiences with Pho Express. Good Banh Mi sounds like, but what about the Pho?



            Pho Express
            6533 Mission Gorge Rd, San Diego, CA 92120

      2. I have to second K's in Linda Vista. Great sandwiches that run about $2.80 a piece. Also great spot to pick up rolls and other odds and ends.

        1. A Chau at Menlo and El Cajon Boulevard

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          1. re: Dagney

            A Chau's egg rolls are to die for... closest to Mom's I've ever found. Good side dish to a sandwich.

          2. I started out going to K's but then graduated to Cafe Dore, Paris Bakery, Saigon, and Kim Chan.

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              1. re: kare_raisu

                Like your list. I thought I was the only one who enjoyed Kim Chan.

              2. We like the Cali Sandwiche location on El Cajon Blvd. Specifically the pesto chicken.
                K Sanwiches near Mesa College is also very good. I like the #1, I am not sure what is in it, but it has a lot of stuff. If you like mustard, you need to request it.

                K also has a great selection of croisants stuffed with chocolate for a dollar.
                You can also take the bread home, and it is also only a dollar.

                1. I hear Lucky Seafood in Mira Mesa has a great bahn mi sandwich

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                  1. re: specialksd

                    Lot's of flavor in Lucky's Thit Nuong, and a pretty big sandwich. It's a real bargain. But for all out refinement in a Banh Mi that matches a light and delicate bread with judicious restraint in its fillings I enjoy Sorrento European's Banh Mi over Lucky's. They're both in Mira Mesa.

                  2. Caffe Fika at Smart Corner (City College Trolley Station) in downtown SD. Small, unassuming place with tasty and cheap banh mi sandwiches. They have a few reviews on Yelp:


                    I've never tried their coffee, but the sandwiches have always been good.

                    Caffe Fika
                    1088 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

                    1. i actually like the banh mi at this spot inside the 99 ranch market on clairemont mesa blvd. i have no idea what it's called though, there are a handful of vendors inside the complex but i think only one has them.

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                      1. re: tastycakes

                        Sau Voi Deli

                        Sau Voi Deli
                        7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Ste 109, San Diego, CA 92111

                      2. I recently found out about a banh mi place in San Marcos. Apparently it opened about a half year ago. Strangely enough, the name of the establishment is Banh Mi. (It is also next door to Pho San Marcos.) I tried two of their sandwiches on the weekend, and thought they were good, made with fresh warm baguettes. It is nice to have a banh mi place in north county.

                        Pho San Marcos
                        700 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078

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                        1. re: Encinitan

                          It is owned by the couple that have the pho place next door. I love their pho , and everything I've tried there . Iam glad to know that the banh mi is worthy. I get mine in Westminster when Iam up that way.

                          1. re: kitchenhag

                            Orange County is where I first tried banh mi. But it was in Irvine at the Lee's Sandwiches mega-restaurant.

                        2. The best we've found so far is Cali Baguette Express in Rolando (near 51st and El Cajon) --
                          which is far superior to the second store in Mira Mesa. I think the baguettes are baked in
                          the Rolando store and then delivered to the MIra Mesa-- the bread is fresher and the fillings seem to be higher quality and worth the longer drive.

                          Cali Baguette Express
                          5125 El Cajon Blvd
                          San Diego, CA 92115

                          Cali Baguette Express
                          5125 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115

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                          1. re: ikeg

                            Huh? There is a huge bread oven right behind the register always loaded with bread at the Mira Mesa location. Not sure how you missed it. Have not been to the Rolando location, but Mira Mesa CBE makes a good banh mi for my tastes.

                            1. re: stevuchan

                              +1 for Mira Mesa. I went there yesterday and watch the gal load 4 racks of loaves into the oven before she took my order. That's fresh bread!

                              1. re: stevuchan

                                My mistake. I've only been there once or twice and I guess I just missed the oven. The bread from the Rolando location seemed so much fresher that I assumed they were trucking it in.