Brief note: Saigon Bakery & Sandwich, in the big supermall at the corner of San Gabriel Blvd. and Valley. A pretty good banh mi.
Fresh baguette, nicely soft innards. Good, crispy pickles, fresh cilantro. A nice, thin amount of meat. Good balance. I had the nem nuong (Viet pork sausage). Good use of some sort of margarine/mayo goop, that carried the spice and pork juices over everything well.
You've got your choice of big, round bread, or long slender baguette bread. I went slender.
This and Buu Dien in Chinatown are currently in my "decent places to get a banh mi" outside of Little Saigon. This is loads better than Lee's Sandwich. Neither of these are the glorious of Little Saigon, but they're pretty tasty.
Two bucks a sandwich. Good iced Viet coffee.
(Viet Noodle in Atwater has super banh mi, but it's in a different category, being overtly gourmet-ish/high end, and costing about 3 times as much for a much smaller sandwich. Worth it to me, but it's a different entity. Though the sardine sandwich is fantastic)!
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