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Banh Mi Sandwich - Best Place in Mpls or St. Paul?

I went to Trung Nam Bakery in St. Paul and got their delicious croissants last week and also tried one of their banh mi sandwiches. While I thought their banh mi bread was excellent - crunchy on the outside and light on the inside, I didn't think much of their meager fillings and quality of their pate / meat. Also, they just had one meat sandwich and one vegetarian/tofu variety.

I haven't tried the banh mi sandwich at Saigon Restaurant on University Ave and not sure if they are made fresh. The ones at Quang on Eat Street in Minneapolis seem to be premade.

Chowhound experts - where else in Minneapolis / St. Paul should I check out for great banh mi - awesome bread, great flavored fillings, mayo and pate?

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  1. I'm certainly no expert, but I do enjoy Saigon Restaurant, which are made fresh in front of you. Price is good too.
    Jasmine Deli is another location worth trying, I've had a good experience there, but have certainly heard the bad experiences too.
    If thinking high end, try 112 Eatery and their take on banh mi.

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    Jasmine Deli
    2532 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    112 Eatery
    112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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    1. re: eastlakovore

      I love the grilled pork sandwich at Pho Tau Bay. They gladly accommodate my request to add an extra $1.00 worth of meat. The meat is delicious.

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      Pho Tau Bay
      2837 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    2. One of my go-to meals in the TCs is the banh mi at Ngon Bistro. The meat is first-rate, pork from, I believe, Fischer Farms. The other fillings are fresh and great, and the bread is good too. Give it a shot.

      1. This may be ridiculed after reco's from 112 Eatery (love it), Jasmine, etc., but I personally enjoy the banh mi from the tiny spot in Dinkytown, Bun Mi Sandwiches. They offer up a classic version, as well as beef, pork and my personal favorite lemongrass chicken. The veggies are always fresh, and the spicy mayo is excellent....sides of fries also come with the mayo. If you don't mind wedging yourself into a tiny spot filled with college kids, it's worth a shot. Don't go with the intention of grabbing a table though...much more of a take-out spot.

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        112 Eatery
        112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

        1. My favorite is the Grilled Pork banh mi from Saigon. The beautifully caramelized pork really sends this version over the top for me.

          Anne

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          1. re: AnneInMpls

            P.S. to the OP - Saigon makes their banh mi fresh when you order. There's nothing premade about them!

          2. haven't heard much about Lou's(sp?) on here but a couple of Viet's from school have told me that's their favorite, I'll check it out soon.

            its across the street from Quang.

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            1. re: getgot211

              It's Lu's, and it's across from Quang's as you mentioned. It is in the strip of shops that occupy the south side of the building Shuang Hur supermarket is in.

              I greatly prefer the sandwiches at Saigon in St Paul.

              Cheers,

              Huagung