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Big Banh Mi at Tu Quynh on Grand St

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Big Banh Mi at Tu Quynh on Grand St

aaron | Mar 16, 2005 01:59 PM

Someone made the indispensable comment on this board the other day that nearly every thread begins with a question, rather than some chow discovery. So I thought I'd chime in with a mini-review on a new place rather than a question.

Tu Quynh on Grand St just west of the Bowery--the typical Vietnamese music-stationery-banh-mi shop. It's pretty new if my memory of Grand St isn't failing me. The standard banh mi sandwich at TQ is nothing to write home about, sadly pate-free and lacking mayo and chili sauce. (Though chili sauce was available, I wasn't given any.) It's not at the level of Bahn Mi So #1 two blocks away, to say nothing of even better spots. So why mention it? Well, I think it wins the prize of biggest banh mi in town. It has to be at least an inch longer than the rolls at other shops. I usually devour a whole sandwich in minutes, but was able to convince myself to eat this one for two meals. So if you're up for quantity over quality in the banh mi market, or you're just nearby check it out and see if I'm not crazy about the size.

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