May Minty Crawl: Banh Mi, Baby

Back in January of ’09, I tackled some banh mi shops along Valley in the San Gabriel Valley. My ultimate favorite that day was Saigon’s Sandwich & Bakery though my group generally liked Banh Mi My Tho. I think it’s interesting how there’s been a big interest in Vietnamese food in the last couple of years or so beginning with several trucks and a plethora of new shops springing up.

Instead of heading back to the SGV and way south to Westminster, I’m going to check out the banh mi shops in Chinatown.

Starting with Jonathan Gold’s favorite:

11 a.m. – Buu Dien

642 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012 –  (213) 617-8355

11:30 a.m. – Lien Hoa Deli & Seafood

721 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012 – (213) 625-5001

12Noon -L.A. Sandwiches

736 N Broadway #106, Los Angeles, Ca 90012- (213) 617-1563

12: 30  p.m. –  Nam Thai Vietnamese Catering

truck is found on the corner of Alpine & Spring (211 Alpine St., Los Angeles, CA 90012)

1 p.m. – The Spice Table

114 S. Central St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 – 213-620-1840

Our last stop will be the Spice Table in Little Tokyo so we can end with a celebratory beverage or two. Check out my lunch review here.

A few notes-

For the  most part, the banh mi sandwiches should run a couple of bucks. Really, $2. We will be sharing and since most of these places are sandwich shacks, we will not be lingering. All times are approximate. You’re welcome to join the crawl at any point. I will be updating locations as we go that day but possibly, we will be busy stuffing our faces so get my contact information before the crawl. Please RSVP here via Facebook.


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