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ISO Banh Mi/Pork Buns

arp29 Jun 1, 2011 11:30 AM

My husband and I will be staying with my brother in Alexandria and doing the DC tourist thing for a few days. Whenever we travel he seeks out banh mi and pork buns because he loves both and they are largely unavailable where we live. Any places we should check out? Thanks for the input!

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    hamster Jun 1, 2011 12:09 PM

    My favorite banh mi are at Song Que deli in Eden Center, which is not very far from Alexandria. Also good bubble tea there. There are couple of banh mi shops in that shopping center. Best to drive, or you can walk (20 minutes) from the closest metro stop.

    Eden Center
    Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

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    1. re: hamster
      Steve Jun 1, 2011 12:23 PM

      Hearty second to Song Que, which also have baked pork buns, though they sell out of those before too long.

    2. chowser Jun 1, 2011 12:11 PM

      There's a BaLe bakery that has good banh mi--if it's not in Alexandria, it's pretty close. What kind of pork buns do you want? I'd probably head over to Eden Center, though, for better food and you can find what you want.

      Eden Center
      Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

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        wayne keyser Jun 1, 2011 12:35 PM

        Definitely Eden Center (so many choices, so near to everything!) but my favorite is Huong Binh. I love the banh mi, and they have a rotating daily selection of by-the-pound things like stuffed fresh rice noodles, and a pretty-much-every-day selection of pre-wrapped specialties. And house-made cha gio and pork buns.

        Eden Center
        Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

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          SandyCat Jun 2, 2011 08:58 AM

          Unverified, but I have a friend who says Szechuan House Restaurant in Chinatown has pretty good char siu bao (if that's the type of pork bun you mean). And he says they're really inexpensive, so hopefully if they aren't awesome, you won't have spent too much money.

          748 6th St NW
          (between N G Pl & N H St)
          Washington, DC 20001

          Eden Center is - of course - going to be the best place to get a banh mi and Vietnamese-style pork buns, but the pork belly banh mi at Dicksons Wine Bar is also good and it's within the district and has nice atmosphere.

          Eden Center
          Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

          Szechuan House Restaurant
          748 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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          1. re: SandyCat
            hamster Jun 2, 2011 09:28 AM

            Pho 14 also sells banh mi in the district, near the Columbia Heights metro station.

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              woodleyparkhound Jun 2, 2011 10:10 AM

              I'd had one once and was heartily unimpressed; I won't do that again. Another bahn mi to steer clear of is the Sauca food truck version.

              1. re: woodleyparkhound
                hamster Jun 2, 2011 10:36 AM

                I tried one at Pho 14 once and liked it quite a bit. This was a while ago, but I would give it another shot.
                I'm with you on the Sauca version though.

                1. re: hamster
                  woodleyparkhound Jun 2, 2011 11:07 AM

                  I had mine probably two years ago now. While I wasn't at all impressed, I loved it when compared to Sauca's version - that one is pure evil! What I'm looking for is something like the attached photo. Maybe I should try Pho 14's once more to make sure I didn't just catch them on an off day...

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            arp29 Jun 3, 2011 07:13 PM

            Thanks for your input everyone! I can't wait to try these places out!

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              Rick Jun 6, 2011 07:12 PM

              My cousin and I did a banh mi tour of the area, I ended up like Ba Le the best.

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