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Comeback Cafe - Vietnamese / deli - Emeryville

Robert Lauriston Jul 13, 2012 01:28 PM

Tried this place because it's near my work and I was craving a banh mi. At $6, a bit expensive by local standards, but tasty. I got pork, they had only a couple of other choices, tofu and maybe chicken?

If I were driving I'd go to Ba Le, maddeningly delicious, big selection, half the price, but Comeback Cafe's is fine for the neighborhood. I don't think the Vietnamese place in the Public Market a block away has banh mi?

Comeback also has pho, bun, and a few other Vietnamese items, plus American deli lunch and breakfast items. Closes at 3:30.

6009 Christie near 59th.

  1. breadwinner Jul 13, 2012 02:26 PM

    Interesting! How was the bread? I'm a stickler for requiring good, crispy bread for my banh mi. I'm a bit spoiled when it comes to banh mi since I grew up in San Jose. (My mother tells me to never buy banh mi over $4, naturally.)

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    1. re: breadwinner
      Robert Lauriston Jul 13, 2012 02:31 PM

      Seemed like a quality baguette, could have been toasted a bit more. Didn't seem like the ligher Vietnamese rice-flour version.

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      jaiko Jul 13, 2012 08:11 PM

      I checked Yelp and am assuming your #1 is Banh Mi Ba Le on International Blvd., right? Not the Ba Le in Chinatown which rates pretty low in comparison.

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      1. re: jaiko
        Robert Lauriston Jul 14, 2012 11:11 AM

        Ba Le on International or El Cerrito. The selection at the latter is smaller but the quality seems to be the same.

        I'm not sure if the Ba Le on Franklin has any connection with the other two.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          tre2012 Jul 14, 2012 02:19 PM

          No, the Ba Le on Franklin St. in Oakland's Chinatown is no relation to the two Banh Mi Ba Le locations.

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