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May 18, 2010 04:04 PM

Banh Mi in Charlotte

Our family discovered the joys of bahn mi about 2 years ago are pretty pleased with what we have been able to try at the shop in Asian Corner Mall on Tryon. However, that is a trek for us, and I am wondering of anyone knows of any other banh mi shops on Central or South Blvd?

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  1. Don't go to Lang Van, they have sandwiches on the menu, but they have been out the past couple of times. We tried Thanh Huong on Central. Scary little place, fantastic Vietnamese coffee, sandwiches average, but in a pinch will satisfy the craving. My friend just told me that the place for bahn mi is beside La Casa de la Enchiliadas on Central. And for Mexican La Casa is delicioso! If you are ever in the Raleigh area, my absolute favorite is Dalat.

    Thanh Huong
    3023 Central Ave Ste C, Charlotte, NC 28205

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    1. re: waitress

      I believe someone mentioned Overseas Market on South having banh mi. Can't say I've ever noticed when I'm there, but I never go there hungry!

      I really wish there was someplace convenient to south Charlotte, because Asian Corners is way too far for a sandwich....

      1. re: billyjack

        There is a place in south charlotte actually. It's over on Park Rd. extension back behind where Courtney's used to be.

        Oops, just saw that Dnanana referenced it below. Zen International Market.

        1. re: lynnlato

          Yeah, I posted about it below- liked it but want to go back to see if the bread is better.

          1. re: billyjack

            Have you been to Zen International Market recently? I went over there today and it wasn't where I remember it being (in a little L-shaped strip mall with other ethnice markets, but Zen was in a separate bldg in the parking lot). I saw the Mexicancarneceria & grocer, the Indian market and also a Peruvian rotisserie chicken place called Genaro's. I got take out from Genaro's - it was good, but not nearly as good as Pio Pio. The sauces seemed processed and were very salty. The spicy Peruvian beans were blah, but the chicken was juicy w/ a nicy smoky flavor and the fried plantains made me smile. :-)

    2. Zen International Market on Park Rd, near Carolina Place Mall. Grocery store, but they have a small little cafe area with a few Banh Mi options, including a tasty vegetarian one with Tofu. Both the BBQ Pork and Grilled Pork are great. $3.50 for a good sized sandwich.

      1. I walked into Thanh Huong I think - if this is the shop across the parking lot from Inner Harbor Seafood on central. I felt like I'd walked into Saigon - cigarette smoke and all! I was hoping they had a printed menu, but no. I will have to try them some day soon.

        Alas, if I am too lazy to go to Asian Corner Mall, I am also too lazy to go to Carolina Place Mall. The traffic out there drives me insane! But, maybe one weekend day I will have to brave it if the sandwiches are worth it.

        Thanh Huong
        3023 Central Ave Ste C, Charlotte, NC 28205

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        1. re: hazardnc

          It's on Park Road by Tin Tin so you really don't have to deal with the CPM cluster.

          Tin Tin
          10215 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210

        2. Finally tried the banh mi at Zen. Everything was good except for the bread...not sure if it was a little stale or just not that great to begin with. But it was still a great sandwich, and a good value. They have one with "Anchovies in Tomato Sauce" - don't know if I've ever seen that before, I might try it next time. Sounds too weird not to be good.

          1. We tried the banh mi at the market in Park Rd and found them not as flavorful as the ones at Asian Corner mall, though we though the bread was good.