Banh mi have become so ubiquitous (e.g. David Chang, Zak Pelaccio, Republic) I half expect McDonald's to come out with a McBanh Mi. New York Magazine recently deconstructed one for its readers amid the new "tsunami" of banh mi joints opening up around NYC. I finally figured out what it is that I love about banh mi which I've been eating for many years all over North America before their new "discovery". Sau Voi may be the very first place in Manhattan to offer banh mi when it opened as a corner grocery store some 15 years ago in Tribeca. Now on the corner of Lafayette and Walker, they still probably sell more lotto tickets than banh mi. But for $3 and change the minced roast pork, funky pate/terrine, mystery ham with cucumber, cilantro, pickled julienned carrots and daikon on fresh warm crusty baguette with no waiting and open 12 hours, 7 days aweek, may not have been the best banh mi on the continent ( for that see my ranking: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/593088 ) but it was damn good.