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Banh Mi Sandwiches

stevenr29 Mar 10, 2010 12:25 PM

Suggestion, please?

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    ikeg Apr 6, 2011 12:21 AM

    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
      stevuchan Apr 6, 2011 07:42 AM

      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
        araknd Apr 6, 2011 11:13 AM

        +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
          ikeg Apr 6, 2011 11:20 AM

          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.

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        Encinitan Apr 4, 2011 11:01 AM

        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
          kitchenhag Apr 5, 2011 02:16 PM

          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
            Encinitan Apr 5, 2011 10:20 PM

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

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          tastycakes Sep 5, 2010 01:34 PM

          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
            Cathy Sep 5, 2010 02:17 PM

            Sau Voi Deli

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

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            waddleidoer Mar 28, 2010 03:27 PM

            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

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              specialksd Mar 15, 2010 11:07 AM

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

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              1. re: specialksd
                cgfan Mar 15, 2010 02:56 PM

                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.

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                normalheightsfoodie Mar 12, 2010 09:40 AM

                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. kare_raisu Mar 10, 2010 10:14 PM

                  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
                    DougOLis Mar 11, 2010 08:00 AM

                    2nd Cafe Dore

                    1. re: kare_raisu
                      Ed Dibble Mar 13, 2010 07:46 AM

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

                    2. Dagney Mar 10, 2010 05:01 PM

                      A Chau at Menlo and El Cajon Boulevard

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                      1. re: Dagney
                        geekyfoodie Mar 15, 2010 12:36 PM

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

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                        mjill Mar 10, 2010 03:59 PM

                        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.

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                          The Office Goat Mar 10, 2010 12:29 PM

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

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                          1. re: The Office Goat
                            stevenr29 Mar 10, 2010 12:37 PM

                            Any area is fine, thank you.

                            1. re: stevenr29
                              xanb Mar 10, 2010 01:04 PM

                              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
                                stevuchan Mar 10, 2010 01:20 PM

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

                                1. re: stevuchan
                                  AtomicSuplex Apr 4, 2011 04:11 PM

                                  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
                                  tbgallant Sep 3, 2010 06:23 PM

                                  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

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