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Bahn Mi in El Cerrito

Brian Stack | Sep 1, 200306:45 PM

Driving up San Pablo Ave in El Cerrito yesterday I noticed a new Viet Namese sandwich shop in a small strip mall opposite the Speedee Oil Changers north of Central Ave. Made a mental note to return. This morning my wife was heading home from Oakland and called to ask if I would like her to pick up lunch. I clued her in on the Bahn Mi stand, called Ba Le. I've frequented the BaLe Chain on Oahu, but doubted there was a connection here. The Eiffel Tower logo of the Hawaiian chain was missing. My wife confirmed that the store was not part of the chain, but the sandwiches determined that another visit would be in order. We had the grilled pork sandwich and the chicken, both very good. Stuffed with meat and pickled daikon and carrot, and fresh cliantro. The rolls were standard mini baguettes, nice and fresh.East Bay chowhounds who find themselves in the area might find it worth a stop. Our order of three sandwiches and an order of shrimp salad rolls (average, but fresh) came to just under nine dollars. Good eats, and change back from your ten.

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