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Favorite banh mi place on Dorchester Ave?

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newhound Jul 26, 2011 02:16 PM

My friend loves a good cheap sandwich so I've promised him a great banh mi close to where we work. What recommendations do you have for the Vietnamese stretch of Dot Ave?

  1. Ferrari328 May 17, 2013 10:39 AM

    Boy is this naming thing confusing! I went to Banh Mí Ba Le Restaurant at 1052 Dorchester Ave today to try the Bahn Mi. I thought I ordered one BBQ pork and one BBQ beef but what I got was one BBQ pork and one with sliced cold meats. I must say that the bread and the pickled veggies were really really tasty and the mayo was good too. The pork was a bit chevy but the Banh Mi with the sliced cold meats in was really excellent. There was a thick slice of ham in there that was very tasty. For $3.50 each it's a bargain.

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      grant.cook Jul 27, 2011 09:07 AM

      I'll second Ba Le and La Baguette.. Ba Le allows you the opportunity to get some summer rolls as well. If you hit the area a lot, Brothers Crawfish down the road a bit if fun as well..

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      Ba Le Cafe
      1449 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA

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        newhound Jul 27, 2011 03:39 PM

        Thanks, all. Sounds like we'll try Ba Le Bakery. Still, can someone give me a quick rundown of the difference between Ba Le Bakery, Ba Le Cafe, and Banh Mi Ba Le? Are they related?

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        Banh Mi Ba Le
        1052 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125

        Ba Le Cafe
        1449 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA

        Ba Le Bakery
        1025 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA

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          grant.cook Jul 27, 2011 08:00 PM

          Same place.. its on the left heading away from Boston on Dot Ave... I just look for the words "Ba Le" on the signage.... I can barely order in there, everyone is speaking Vietnamese. I mostly just point.

          1. re: newhound
            lipoff Jul 28, 2011 07:00 AM

            No, they are not the same --- there are two different places. Bánh mì Ba Le, also called Ba Le Bakery, is at 1052 Dorchester Ave, not far from the Savin Hill T-stop. That's the one I like the best. The other Ba Le is called Ba Le Cafe, and is located at 1449 Dorchester Ave, or right at the Fields Corner T-stop. I'm not sure if they are actually related, because "Ba Le" just means "Paris" in Vietnamese, and it's a common name for bánh mì shops, since the foundation of bánh mì is French bread!

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            Ba Le Cafe
            1449 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA

            Ba Le Bakery
            1025 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA

            1. re: lipoff
              threedogs Jul 29, 2011 06:38 AM

              Thanks so much for the info, lipoff! Interesting - I didn't know any of this. I still need to get over there - can't wait to try for myself.

              1. re: lipoff
                MC Slim JB Jul 29, 2011 08:30 AM

                The mayonnaise, pâté and other charcuterie in the sandwiches and the coffee on the drinks menu are also borrowings from French cuisine.

                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                  n
                  newhound Jul 29, 2011 09:22 AM

                  Had a good trip to Ba Le Bakery yesterday-- thanks for all the guidance. Language differences and the fact that the sandwiches can be ordered by number led to a hilarious Seinfeldian moment where they made me seven sandwiches instead of two. I thought I said "one number six" and she heard "six number ones" but at three bucks each, this was no hardship and made for some happy "second lunch" colleagues back at work.

                  The chicken, and special combo (essentially pig-four-ways) were what I ended up with, plus some summer rolls (good, though not great) and a container of pickled radish and carrot. Definitely will return, and also branch out into some other neighborhood spots. Maybe even do a banh mi and Speed's double lunch day.

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                  Ba Le Bakery
                  1025 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA

                  1. re: MC Slim JB
                    lipoff Jul 29, 2011 08:18 PM

                    Absolutely --- borrowings with a Vietnamese twist! I love the (French) salted butter one can buy in Vietnamese supermarkets.

            2. galangatron Jul 27, 2011 09:01 AM

              banh mi ba le and la baguette

              1. MC Slim JB Jul 26, 2011 03:31 PM

                I don't know them all, but I I'm a big fan of the sandwiches at Ba Le Bakery, Lee's Store & Bakery, and La Baguette (fka King Do).

                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                Ba Le Bakery
                1025 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA

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                  suzysue2 Jul 27, 2011 06:36 AM

                  I need to branch out from Ba Le, but I love that place so much I can't stop going there. In addition to the Bahn Mi their coconut macaroons are awesome and my family goes nuts over these coconut and yucca 'cakes' they have there. Also for a nice hors d'oeuvres I buy a bunch of summer rolls and slice them up and put a bowl of peanut sauce on the side and I am an instant hero. The BBQ beef and chicken Bahn Mi are my favorite.

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                  Ba Le Cafe
                  1449 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA

                  1. re: MC Slim JB
                    lipoff Jul 27, 2011 08:25 AM

                    +1 on Ba Le Bakery!

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                    Ba Le Bakery
                    1025 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA

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                      galleygirl Jul 27, 2011 09:17 AM

                      +2 for Ba Le Bakery, Ba Le Cafe a close second....

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                      Ba Le Cafe
                      1449 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA

                      Ba Le Bakery
                      1025 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA

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                    keith Jul 26, 2011 02:41 PM

                    I'm a big fan on Bahn Mi Ba Le. Not only are their sandwiches good, but they have a lot of other packaged Vietnamese candies and sweets, along with some other solid Vietnamese take out dishes.

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