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tibbles Mar 17, 2012 07:10 PM

I'd like to start a discussion of banh mi places in YYC. I like Express Vietnamese in the T&T mall at Marlborough, but they used to spread pork pate on the bun but don't anymore, and I miss it. Anyone else have a favourite place and one that uses pate? Also, the former place on 16th Ave near Edmonton trail that is now Holy Smoke used to have a wicked satay tofu sub, any help in finding a tofu sub would be greatly appreciated.

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    johnjohnson78 Mar 18, 2012 01:35 PM

    Not sure if they use pate but Banh Mi Ti Ti (Not sure about spelling) across the street from the Harry Hayes building downtown is one of the older and well established banh mi places in town. I haven't been there in at least a year or two but I know it's highly regarded and one of the originals in the city.

    Aside from that there is the family run place (sorry forget name) across from Tai Tai on 17th ave.
    and 5A street.

    I love a good banh mi sandwich but unfortunately I don't know of many places beyond the generic Tai Tai type of establishments. They're OK but far from amazing and most do not have pate as an option.

    I hope someone can answer your question better than myself as I'd love to try some new places

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      tibbles Mar 18, 2012 01:55 PM

      I went by Thi Thi near Harry Hayes a couple of times recently and they were shut. Are they still in business or was that just bad timing for me? And that place on 17th is very good, they even have a credible tofu sub, but I don't think they use pate.

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        marcopolo Mar 19, 2012 10:48 AM

        just bad timing. I was there a week ago, and it was still going strong.

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        marcopolo Mar 19, 2012 10:54 AM

        Banh Mi Thi Thi across from the harry hayes building in chinatown, as others have mentioned, is my standby as well. I've been going there for years, and though prices keep creeping up, i still keep going back. the owners are really sweet and I know what I'm going to get - and it's always good. They do spread pate on their subs, but only the club and assorted varieties. the sate subs don't get the pate IIRC.

        Kim Anh Subs on 17th ave at 6th St SW used to get good write ups here. I haven't been there in a while.

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          Scary Bill Mar 19, 2012 10:56 AM

          Saigon Deli in the NE.

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            dknight Mar 19, 2012 12:04 PM

            Vietsub Express on 37th Street SW. They have a cold cut sub there with pate, Vietnamese ham and a meat spread. Awesome stuff and only $5 for a sub, everything else there besides the banh mi is meh though.

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              Dr. J Mar 19, 2012 04:07 PM

              Another plug for Thi Thi by harry hays.

              We are not experts or coniseurs of banh mi but we do like the subs from the stall at the calgary farmer's market. Bread is always fresh and crusty on the exterior. Lots of the veg and cilantro. Don't think they have pate as an option either.

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