This little take-out joint slings a pretty decent banh mi. I haven’t tried their Vietnamese food yet, but I can at least give a run down of their “classic” sub. I put the word “classic” in quotes, because there really isn’t much pate, head cheese or other items that would make this a classic viet sandwich. Perhaps they gave me the roast pork shoulder by mistake? Not sure. It could just be that they’re using different ingredients from the other shops.
935 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10025
My wife and I strolled by this place and picked up a classic sub. It was fantastic, though a bit smaller than I am used to seeing up here in NYC. But for $4.50, it was worth every penny.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of it to share, but I did get a shot of the outside.
This was in Philly, by the way, near Pat’s & Geno’s. As such, they had a Vietalian version of banh mi that featured Italian sausage:
Didn’t try it.
CAFE THANH TRUC
1037 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
NOTE: THIS PLACE IS NOW CLOSED
This little corner Vietnamese bodega was a staple spot for me and my wife when we lived nearby.
They sell everything from Vietnamese variety show VCDs to music CDs, over the counter meds to dry goods and trinkets.
But they also sell banh mi sandwiches.
I grabbed two on my way home from jury duty, which brought me back into my old stomping grounds.
The classic: ham, pate and slices of pork roll with pickled veggies, cilantro, mayo and sri racha.
The spicy BBQ pork: BBQ pork with pickled veggies, cilantro, mayo, BBQ sauce and sri racha.
Both were really tasty and flavorful. The bread here is likely made early in the morning. When I arrived it was still being kept warm in a toaster oven type thing, but it may have dried out a bit in the hours it was there. The French bread was crispy and flaky, so much so that the roof of your mouth gets raped pretty hard, but the sandwich flavors make it worth the pain. These sandwiches are pretty solid for a cheap Chinatown deli shop. Stop in if you’re nearby.
SAU VOI CORP.
101 Lafayette St #3
New York, NY 10013