After reading about these Vietnamese sandwiches on the other boards, I've been wanting to try one for myself. Driving down University I saw a likely shop and had to go in. It was Ban Le, at 4879 University. Very bare bones place, with a very helpful proprietor. He steered me toward the special sandwich, which seemed to have everything on it: pate, baloney, etc. This being my first time eating banh mi, I have nothing to compare it to, but it was very tasty. It had fresh cilantro and jalapeno slices and some kind of white pickled something (what is that?). Good bread, and the whole thing a little sweet and crunchy. I definitely want to try more. Driving west along University, I noticed a few other Vietnamese sandwich places (a few with Eiffel tower logos). Has anybody tried any other places?
Ban Le also had all kinds of noodles and spring rolls. We got a "cake" made with rice flower filled with meat. It was heated in the microwave and interesting, but kind of squishy and not super flavorful.
Right next to Ban Le looked to be an Ethiopian cafe. They served coffees and sambosas.