Did you know you can buy Bahn Mi in San Rafael? Of course, San Rafael is not so hip as to call them Bahn Mi. A simple French Roll Sandwich is all the clue you have to their existance. It's mainly a take out shop but there are a couple of small tables for eating in.
On our last visit we tried the BBQ pork with pickles, mayo, soya sauce and cilantro for$3.50. The sandwiches are served with the bread warm and crispy. The meat is heated too. The vegetables, in contrast, are cold.
The French-style bread is a mass-produced industrial-type bread. The kind where the crust flakes off in sharp little pieces that stick to the roof of our mouth. The pork is fairly sweet, but moist and tasty. The veggies are fresh and crunchy. I could handle a lot more chile, what they do put in is barely discernible.
This bahn mi is just ok - I can live with it, but as Fred said on the way back from lunch, "I wouldn't get up in the middle of the night to eat one."
This little sandwich shop without a name can be found on Grand Avenue, San Rafael, between 3rd and 4th Streets.