Food & Drink

LA's 12 best banh mi sandwiches

Published On 11/17/2014 Published On 11/17/2014
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BANH MI MY-THO
Gingergrass
East Borough
Mendocino Farms
Hero Shop
Superba Food & Bread
Ink Sack
Phorage
Ba Le Bakery
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1. Banh Mi My Tho 304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

This cash-only Vietnamese sandwich shop in Alhambra serves up hefty banh mi filled with everything from grilled pork and veggies to fried eggs and pate, as well as tasty summer rolls made with vermicelli noodles and generous helpings of shredded pork. Banh Mi My-Tho is a tiny operation, and you'll likely have to eat your sandwich on a bench outside the shop, but the sub-$5 prices are too good to pass up.

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2. Gingergrass 2396 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (Silverlake)

This Silver Lake Vietnamese joint is serving up seriously delicious pho, as well as noodles and the like.

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3. East Borough 9810 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (Culver City)

This Vietnamese pho house is bringing the heat with delicious banh mis and grilled pork.

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4. Hero Shop 130 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

These Central City East sammy-slingers know how to craft a tasty 'wich, with options like the Cold Cut, BBQ Pork, and Blood Sausage & Peppers, not to mention their salads and mouth-watering rice bowls.

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5. Banh Mi Venice 307 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

This spot on the corner of Lincoln and Rose whips up a cod fish version of a banh mi (whaaaaa?), drizzled in yogurt and lemon (yes, you can still try meaty options like braised short rib, turmeric chicken, and pork belly).

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6. Superba Food + Bread 1900 S Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

Spearheaded by Bread and Pastry Director Carlos Enriquez, Superba is a bright and spacious spot offering up treats from an everything croissant (!) to kouign amann to avocado toast on house-baked bread. Don't roll your eyes just yet -- the avocado toast here is actually some of the best in the city. No matter what you put on Superba's bread, you'll find yourself craving more after each bite, so be sure to take some home with you. And don't forget to pick up a Nutella banana pop tart and a bag of bombolini, too.

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7. ink.sack 8360 Melrose, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

Ink's a hole-in-the-wall gourmet sandwich stand lined w/ graffitied blackboards and not much else, opening from Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio, who managed to pull off a somehow under-the-radar build-out despite obsessive scrutiny from media, food blogs, and Val Kilmer's stomach.

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8. Phorage 3300 Overland Ave , Los Angeles, CA 90034 (Santa Monica)

Their pho is slurpifiably delicious, as are the spring rolls, noodles, and trendy atmosphere.

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9. Ba Le 1426 S Atlantic Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

This no-frills, takeout-only place does it right, heaping its meat-filled hoagies with plenty of julienned and pickled carrots, daikon, and cucumbers; a splash of soy sauce; and a few springs of cilantro and jalapeño slivers for a kick. Plus, they usually have a buy-five-get-one-free deal, which comes in handy for tomorrow’s breakfast. Bring cash!