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Hey, Connecticut: How much $ for banh mi in your neck of the woods?

kattyeyes Apr 20, 2014 02:06 PM

The first one I ever had, from the back of a little market in Hartford, was a mere $2.75--whattatreat!

That was just a few years ago, so not as though prices have surged radically upward since then.

I recently had a beef banh mi at a local sit-down restaurant for $8. Delicious for sure, but seemed overpriced for a simple (and small) banh mi, so, I thought I'd ask here. I'm leaning toward maybe $5.75, $6 top end for a sit-down establishment. What say?

And is there anyplace new to share since the older linked thread (last updated 2012)?

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    sakeandgin RE: kattyeyes Apr 20, 2014 05:25 PM

    If you can stretch to Springfield and the X Banh mi Mia is a great choice. 3,75-4.75 and fantastic. They have a FB page with many pictures of their creations. Great fresh rolls. FYI they close at 7

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      kattyeyes RE: sakeandgin Apr 20, 2014 06:37 PM

      OOOH, nice--thank you! I can't for lunch, but it's on the list for a road trip. Here's their page:

    2. bagelman01 RE: kattyeyes Apr 21, 2014 12:57 PM

      TD Viet Nam Palace Stratford
      all varieties $5.50

      I understand it is quire good. I've not tried, but oldest daughter loves it


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        kattyeyes RE: bagelman01 Apr 21, 2014 02:38 PM

        EXCELLENT--keep 'em comin'! Thanks, also, for validating $8 seems high. Appreciate it, amici.

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          bagelman01 RE: kattyeyes Apr 21, 2014 03:19 PM

          There are 5 or 6 Vietnamese restaurants in Bridgeport's Little Asia neighborhood (Wood Ave) the average price is between 5 and 6 dollars for Bahn Mi

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            kattyeyes RE: bagelman01 Apr 21, 2014 03:28 PM

            You rock! Are any of them of the sit-down variety? Or just casual little places to grab and go?

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              bagelman01 RE: kattyeyes Apr 21, 2014 03:58 PM

              Most have dining areas, all do takeout
              Pho Hong Thom is the best....but most are good. I'm linking the Yelp page, not for the reviews, but addresses and phone numbers,etc.


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                kattyeyes RE: bagelman01 May 7, 2014 03:21 PM

                All right, bagelfriend. Game on with banh mi quest 2014!

                PHO HONG THOM (48 Wood Ave., BPT)

                They call them Vietnamese pastrami sandwiches here.

                The verdict: VERY light on the meat, but tasty. Not filling enough to constitute a meal (especially after a long ride), so I also ordered pho tai.

                The pho:
                For the love of all that's right about mooing meat, be sure to ask for the beef ON THE SIDE so you can cook it in the broth yourself. Delicious pho--
                on a par with Lan Chi in Middletown, minus the high rent district setting.

                Service: Friendly and welcoming. Nice guy gave me a menu and said I could call ahead next time and have the food waiting for me. I think he was some combination of stunned and shocked that I could eat both a sandwich and a whole bowl of pho. I was kinda surprised myself. MOO. ;) Small space--just seven tables that seat four.

                Bonus: Delicious boba tea. Try the honeydew and coconut. Why can no one make a decent boba tea closer to home? They have three columns of varieties here--you can have either a smoothie or a boba.

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                  bagelman01 RE: kattyeyes May 7, 2014 04:13 PM

                  Glad you made it to Bridgeport's Little. Vietnam. Sorry you didn't let me know to come meet you.

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                    kattyeyes RE: bagelman01 May 7, 2014 07:16 PM

                    I appreciate the info. Next on my wish list, Stratford--those banh mi look serious! Drop me a note, there's always next time. :)

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          BiscuitBoy RE: bagelman01 Apr 22, 2014 08:17 AM

          bagel...what is the "TD sauce?" Fish sauce based?

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            bagelman01 RE: BiscuitBoy Apr 22, 2014 12:12 PM

            BB....sorry I don't know, as mentioned oldest daughter has been and recommends the place. And as she's been working on a small ship in the Carribbean all winter, I won't get a chance to ask her until she's home for a break in June.

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            kattyeyes RE: bagelman01 May 11, 2014 06:55 AM

            Banh mi quest 2014 continues--what a tasty trip it's been!

            TD VIETNAM PALACE (955 Ferry Blvd @ The Dock, Stratford)

            $5.50 to take out, $6.00 to eat in

            The verdict: This is the best banh mi I've had so far. The perfect size to be its own very filling meal, a delicious combination of grilled meat (I tried beef) with Vietnamese ham and the usual fixins served on a crispy roll.
            "Do you like spicy?"
            "I LOVE SPICY!" Thus, mine came with generous chunks of jalapeno. "You can take them out if they're too hot." I assured the nice lady it wouldn't be a problem--and it wasn't.

            Note: there are two halves of a sandwich--one half is behind the other. YES! Let's have a meal, not just a snack. Perfetto.

            The meal started with puffy chips in a light pastel rainbow of colors--pinkish, yellowish and white. I don't even care for shrimp, but think they were shrimp chips and they were quite snackable.

            Setting: Right between BJ's and a boat shop in The Dock shopping center, TD is a clean, comfy and spacious place for a meal with plenty of parking in the lot.

            Service: Very friendly and welcoming (the trend continues!). The nice lady who waited on me explained she and her husband opened the restaurant a couple of years ago after taking early retirement from their day jobs of 25 years! Their employer's loss is our gain for sure!

            They also serve boba (bubble tea or boba fruit) but I didn't partake this time. They have a full menu of other options I'll be happy to try on another visit. The thatched roof theme continues here as well. How fun!


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            Low_Fat RE: kattyeyes Apr 25, 2014 02:07 PM

            They are $4 at Pho Mai in Bridgeport (beef, pork, or Vietnamese cold cut).

            1. zitronenmadchen RE: kattyeyes May 14, 2014 01:28 PM

              At Bui on Main Street in Manchester, they're $6.50 to $8 depending on the type of meat you get. They are very tasty sandwiches, if a bit small, the pickled carrots are really good.

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                kattyeyes RE: zitronenmadchen May 14, 2014 01:53 PM

                It's killing me to think central CT has higher prices than FFD county--and "if a bit small" to boot. I don't get it!

                I'm my grandparents' girl all the way: make me A SANDWICH, not a snack. Back in the day, my grandparents made grinders you could barely get your mouth around--as do Maple Giant and Franklin Ave. Giant in Hartford to this day. I don't even ask for that in banh mi, but let's make it a meal in and of itself, shall we? :) And if you're gonna serve it like a snack, price it like one, too.

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                  bagelman01 RE: kattyeyes May 14, 2014 05:35 PM

                  back when I was in the deli business (1978-80) we were of the opinion that the bread on a sandwich should be just enough to keep you fingers dry, and there shouldn't be less than 5-6 ounces of meat inside.
                  When I was in the bakery business prior to that, some of the deli owners would complain on humid days when the bread rose too much that the bread was so big customers were complaining that the meat serving was skimpy.

                  As the sign on Chuck's Lunchette in New Haven read:
                  "A Meal in Every Sandwich"

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                sakeandgin RE: kattyeyes May 14, 2014 07:34 PM

                New book soon .

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                  kattyeyes RE: sakeandgin May 14, 2014 08:25 PM

                  Very nice! Will be on the lookout!

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                  AdamD RE: kattyeyes May 15, 2014 12:52 PM

                  Id pay $10 if I could find a good one in Stamford.

                  1. kattyeyes RE: kattyeyes Jun 24, 2014 03:07 PM

                    Pho Madison--been twice, once for banh mi. I like this place very much, so if you find yourself anywhere near Hammonasset, I highly recommend you give it a try!

                    It's a toss up for me between top banh mi billing for TD Vietnam Palace in Stratford or Pho Madison. Both are excellent and include Vietnamese "ham" (meaning a different cold cut from our traditional ham). TD may be slightly more substantial, meat-wise, hard to say. I had beef at TD, pork at Pho Madison. I wish either were closer to home. Banh mi is a very reasonable $4.50 in Madison. Owner is very welcoming and accommodating. Summer rolls are generously stuffed and outstanding as well. The accompanying peanut dipping sauce is so delicious, I ate it with a spoon like dessert. NOM!

                    Pho Mad's pork is tender and flavorful. Try their grilled pork with rice vermicelli, too, as chefstu recommended elsewhere on our board. If you like your fish sauce sparingly (I DO!), go easy with the sauce they bring on the side.

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                      kattyeyes RE: kattyeyes Jul 8, 2014 07:47 PM

                      Don't forget to specify GRILLED beef or GRILLED pork on your sandwich here. The first time it came grilled, the second time it didn't and had to ask where the meat was.

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