Was lucky enough to find myself near Westminster, so I took Professor Salt's recommendation for Top Baguette as THE place for a great banh mi.
I ordered my standard Dac Biet, but the enthusiastic proprietor suggested I try their super combo which, apparently, included everything except the kitchen sink.
It was excellent, although I wasn't really in the mood for the meatballs they added. Please don't get me wrong; they were delicious, just not what I was after when I really wanted to compare a traditional dac biet to others I have had.
I'll certainly go back as soon as I can to get the more traditional version.
What's interesting is how they do this for only two bucks! There seems to be some ethos about how no one can charge more than that for this great sandwich. How do they survive? It's easily worth twice that.
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