From this thread, I decided to try out Le Bledo Bakery in Springfield.
Driving by, I assumed it was only a bakery but what a great find. Similar to DC Sandwich shop, only with a bakery, fewer savory items, much cleaner, though. I would bring my friends who are picky about cleanliness here but maybe not DC Sandwich shop. They have a hot food section, looked good but it was too hot to try it. I considered my banh mi stand by but the assortment of cold banh rolls caught my eye. I ended up getting buon cuon, very good, nice and light, though it could have used a little more filling. I've had these where they've been too dry but these were perfect. Nice spicy sauce. My son got summer rolls with sweet sausage which were excellent. They have more filling and a wider variety of vegetables ( I can't identify them all) than any other ones I've had in the area. I also picked up a banh gio because I love sticky rice wrapped in leaves but am too full from the banh cuon (I was complaining that there wasn't enough filling?) to have it. There were quite more leaves wrapped rice that I'd like to try, plus they had steamed buns that also caught my eye--huge and beautifully white and fluffy looking. I would have liked to try them but decided to wait for another day. The baked goods were sparse but looked good. Whole sponge cakes with fruit, cream puffs, slices of sponge cake, jelly candy. And, they have the basic banh mi, not quite the selection of DC Sandwich shop but the basics. I'm so happy to have found this place and not have to hike up to DC for my banh mi cravings. Thanks, chowhounds! I'm surprised this place hasn't come up more here.
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