I love Bahn Mi I used to get in San Francisco. There are many places for cheap delicious hot Bahn Mi on Larkins street. One of my favorites places for it was a little bakery in the Castro run by a Vietnamese family. Crunchy but tender french bread filled to bursting with pork, foie gras or meat of your choice, pickled carrots and radishes, jalapeno, and cilantro.
Since there are many Vietnamese here, I was eager to find the best Banh Mi in L.A. I tried all the usual suspects such as Lee's Sandwiches, Buu Dien, Banh Mi Che Cali, and few others in SGV. But they all fall short of my expectations!! Either the bread is too hard, the fillings too skimpy, the meat not right, or not hot enough, something is always off. Am I just imagining this or is there a difference in Bahn Mi between SF and LA? Can anyone recommend a place that is like the ones I used to devour in SF?