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My Banh Mi Ranking


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My Banh Mi Ranking

guttergourmet | Feb 3, 2009 05:54 AM

When asked what he did for a living Henry David Thoreau famously replied that he was "an inspector of snowstorms". In a similar vein, I'd reply that I am an inspector of banh mi. So, with no further ado, here is my ranking based on my still too infrequent inspections:

10. Seattle Deli (Seattle)
Saigon Deli (Seattle)
9.Saigon Sandwich (Larkin Street, SF)
Baguette Express (Larkin Street, SF)
Wrap Delight (Larkin Street, SF)
8. Banh Mi Cao Thang (Montreal)
7. Nicky's (East Village-pork chop)
6. Paris Sandwich (Mott street, NYC)
5. Momofuku Ssam Bar (13th St, NYC)
4. Banh Mi So 1 (Broome St., NYC)
3. Saigon Bakery (Mott St., NYC)
2. Ba Xuyen (Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY)
1. Banh Mi DC (Falls Church, VA)

But here's the shocker. I must do further research but I may have just had a banh mi last weekend that could unseat the Falls Church banh mi as #1. Very controversial as it's a new place and there's been mixed reviews (though kudos to Ed Levine at Serious Eats for daring to make the call early). Baogette on Lex last Saturday morning at 11am as they opened made me a Platonic banh mi. Perfect bread, perfect ingredients (including a homemade terrine that rivals David Chang's yuppie banh mi at Momofuku). Back to inspecting.

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