OK. I realize that might not be much of a claim to fame. But I went to Spice Table for lunch on Saturday and had a really fantastic sandwich. I had the Dac Biet (house made cold cuts) and it was delicious. My wife had the Fried Catfish Sandwich and thought it was very tasty. Almost like a Banh Mi / Po Boy (which isn't as crazy as it might sound since there are so many Vietnamese in La.) They also had a decent Cole Slaw and pretty good shrimp chips. I would also recommend the Curry Chicken Wings. They really stood out.
Lunch is different than dinner. Think counter service, bottled drinks and plastic cutlery. I think this is a bit of an experiment. The chef's wife is Vietnamese, so maybe it was her idea. But I say "right on"! Now I have a nice place where I can have a Banh Mi and walk to the "Art in the Streets" exhibit at MoCA.
I have no problem saying this is the best Banh Mi west of the 710, but it also might be the best Banh Mi in LA. When I eat there, I get the sense that they really understand Vietnamese food. The term "Banh Mi" gets thrown around a lot these days at many restaurants, but Spice Table understands the balance that is important in Vietnamese food.
A word of caution. I realize that they charge more than Banh Mi Che Cali. Heck, they even charge more than the Vietnamese Madonna's shop in Fountain Valley. But a $7 sandwich with quality bread and house cured meats was more than worth it. Please don't flame me because they don't have a "buy 2, get 1 free" special!
The Spice Table
114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA