A few weeks ago, when my daughter insisted on pho, and my youngest son demanded chicken wings, we headed to one of the north suburb's more eclectic corners: Belt Line and Josey.
While waiting a seemingly interminable time for wings at Wing Stop, I happened to notice a sign for a place called Banh Mi Ba Hue. It's a take-out only place in the strip mall on the Southeast corner of the interesection.
I stopped by last Sunday for the first time and again today. I am not a banh mi expert by any definition, but Banh Mi Banh Hue's sandwiches are very good. They are also quick. And very inexpensive ($2 each, and you get six sandwiches for the price of five: $10 total.)
The sandwiches start with a crusty French-bread roll, about 10 inches long. Meats include chicken, "barbecue" pork and "beef ball" (something that tastes like a country pate). We ordered the combination banh mi, which comes with all three meats. In addition to the meat, there are julliened carrots, green papaya (I think), cucumber, chiles, lettuce and cilantro. Some of the toppings are marinated in vinegar, and the bread has a spread of some sort. The combination of textures, flavors, temperatures (they warm the bread) and tastes is interesting and superb.
The sandwiches got thumbs-up from my kids (as well as my wife and me). Banh Mi Ba Hue also has various other dim-sum-like buns and dumplings, all of which seem like things to try (also at six-for-five prices). The only drawback is a lack of seating in the area. This week and last, we packed up the sandwiches and drove a few miles to Addison airport and had an enjoyable lunch sitting on the back of the car while watching airplanes take off and land.
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