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Recs: Bahn mi across the city.

haggisdragon Jul 12, 2010 05:16 AM

I'm planning to spend a day exploring the city's bahn mi spots. What are your favourites?

  1. haggisdragon Jul 18, 2010 10:33 AM

    Thanks for all the recs so far guys. Keep em' coming. I've only really been to a couple of places in many years in Toronto. Most recent was Rose cafe which I thought was very decent.

    1. TorontoTips Jul 17, 2010 03:48 PM

      We've tried a bunch of places, including Rose Cafe on Broadview, but our fave that we keep going back to is Nguyen Huong up in the northeast, at the corner of Steeles and Middlefield in the T&T mall.

      We usually go at lunchtime, and if they have some pre-made on the back counter, we make sure to ask for something custom (like extra cilantro, etc.) so we get it freshly assembled for maximum bread crispness. Yes, I love the lap full of breadcrumb confetti when the buns are super-fresh :-)

      Like I said, we've tried numerous other ones, and haven't found better, especially their 'assorted' and unusual sweet meatball banh-mi. (ask for the meatballs to be pre-heated in the 'wave' before sandwich assembly :-)


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        Sui_Mai Jul 15, 2010 02:47 PM

        I recently found a place on College and Brock - ish. She makes them to order. They are decent, if a bit skimpy.

        Are Roses's better than the ones from the joints on Dundas?

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          Yongeman Jul 15, 2010 07:53 AM

          I haven't been for a while, but Rose Cafe on Broadview has always been one of my favourites, along with Nguyen Hong on Spadina.

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            seeldee Jul 17, 2010 09:45 AM

            I've been on a Rose Cafe kick for the past couple of weeks and can vouch that the quality of their banh mi is as good as ever. Always made fresh, too.

          2. Davwud Jul 15, 2010 07:24 AM

            DN Vietnamese Sandwich.

            Spicy Pork.

            1635 Dupont St.
            Corner of Dupont and Edwin Ave. Other side of the tracks from where Weston, Dupont and Dundas all converge.


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            1. re: Davwud
              wickalicious Jul 17, 2010 02:24 PM

              I tried this place too, and thought the grilled pork sandwiches were very tasty...but be forewarned - the hot peppers are really bloody hot. Like, flay-your-lips-off hot - I think they were scotch bonnets. I really like spicy food, but it hurt. Quite a lot. (Which is not to say that I wouldn't do it again, it was a damned tasty lunch...but I'd perhaps ask that they only put a tiny bit of hot pepper on the sandwich.)
              I'm really excited to hear that there's a banh mi place near Jane and Wilson, and will have to investigate.

              1. re: wickalicious
                Davwud Jul 17, 2010 05:29 PM

                I once asked her what kind of peppers she uses and she said "Jamaican." So you'd be correct in your assessment.


                1. re: wickalicious
                  smfan Jul 18, 2010 06:31 AM

                  The grilled chicken and honey garlic pork pattie are my favorites at Tung Hing Bakery. I think they are Chinese Vietnamese. Open 8-8. 7 days a week. 1700 Wilson Ave.

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                    wickalicious Jul 18, 2010 11:49 AM

                    We tried this place for lunch today - thanks so much for the recommendation, smfan! Got the grilled chicken and honey garlic pork as suggested. The honey garlic pork reminded me quite a bit of the meatballs at Rose Cafe (although sans cilantro and room temp), the grilled chicken was thighs (I think) spread with yellow curry paste, grilled and sliced. Both sandwiches were excellent, and the baguettes were quite a bit longer than the ones at Rose Cafe, although they were thinnner - somewhere between 7 and 8 inches of fresh, flaky, crispy goodness. The dog was very pleased to get the crumb bonanza on the floor of the kitchen (and it turns out he likes pickled daikon - who knew?).

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                smfan Jul 14, 2010 07:01 PM

                I like Le's on College and west of Dufferin and Tung Hing on Wilson and west of Jane.

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                  Pizza Lover Jul 14, 2010 03:28 PM

                  BA LE 2 on the north side of Dundas just west of Spadina must be on your tour. Their tofu extra spicy is my favorite and their baguette is outstanding.

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                    Wahooty Jul 15, 2010 06:59 AM

                    The last time I went to Ba Le 2, I felt it had gone way downhill. They had an enormous pile of pre-made sandwiches, they were skimpy on the filling, and the bread was stale. I haven't been back to know if it was a one-shot deal, but since they charge more than all of the other Spadina places, I probably won't investigate further.

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                      Pizza Lover Jul 15, 2010 03:17 PM

                      Disclaimer - I've been to this place twice and was impressed with what I got - especially the crispy baguette. Maybe I was lucky. However I never buy pre-made sandwiches - I always ask for a slight variation and if they don't put enough, I ask for more.

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                        Wahooty Jul 15, 2010 06:59 PM

                        They used to always make mine to order, regardless of whether it was a special order or not - they never used to have a big pile pre-made like that. And anytime I've been in there, they haven't been nearly busy enough to justify that kind of advance prep. This was after their recent reno - I'm not sure if they decided to change the way they did things when they changed the surroundings, or if it was a short-term experiment, but I've been spending my hard-earned toonies exclusively at Nguyen Huong since then.

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                      insideman Jul 17, 2010 08:25 PM

                      BA LE 2, is always on the mark for me and at a mere $2.75 it doesn't leave much room for complaints

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                      Wiley1 Jul 12, 2010 09:15 AM

                      I like the variety of sandwiches and the other dishes available at Nguyen Huong near Vaughan Mills (on Rutherford)

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                        haggisdragon Jul 14, 2010 12:32 PM

                        Thanks, I'll have to try them if I ever get up there. Anyone else? Come on! Okay I realize I misspelled 'banh'. My bad. Help a guy out here?

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                          terrycar Jul 14, 2010 01:57 PM

                          I like the grilled chicken one from Ginger.

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                            Shimso Jul 14, 2010 02:42 PM

                            I find its a bit too dry...when I got it it was some chicken, bread, and carrots. It was hard to eat without a drink.

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                              terrycar Jul 14, 2010 03:14 PM

                              Guess it depends on where you get it. I usually get mine at the Queen St. location and haven't had any complaints yet.

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