I have lived in Carrollton for about 5 months now and I have discovered 2 places that have great Banh mi, as far as I'm concerned; Carrollton supermart on Josey and Frankford in their little bakery area,and Banh mi Ba Le in the Plaza on Josey and I think it's Beltline??? it's a small shop in a plaza with a sack n save.
I love these sandwiches with a passion. A very close friend that is Vietnamese blindsided me with one of these as a teenager working the night shift at a local hotel in Connecticut. It was 3 am and he was up studying for finals and I was at the hotel trying not to fall asleep at the front desk. He showed up bearing gifts: vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk and 4 banh mi with varied coldcuts that at first, scared the daylights out of me. After 2 bites though... I was hooked. NOTHING compares in the world of sandwiches to the balance and the surprise of the flavors in a banh mi.
Problem is.... I have no idea how to order them, as it is I have been randomly pointing and hoping I come up with a good one and so far I've liked them all. Can anyone give me a rundown on the types of banh mi that are generally available (maybe not everywhere, I know) and what they are in vietnamese so that I might have a little more of a clue next time I'm ordering?
I would sooooo appreciate any help. Even rough translations would be a great help.