The Top 100 List: #37 Bakers Palace “Banh Mi”

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Bakers Palace “Banh Mi”

Location: Federal and Alameda

Rating: 5.5 (out of 10)

The Skinny: For the uninitiated, Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich made with a small baguette.  There are usually a host of varieties available, and at Bakers Palace, I think there were about 10 options to choose from. When I make a “best value” list, these Vietnamese sandwiches will be on it.  At $2.75 per sandwich, you feel as though you’re buying it in Saigon with American dollars.  The bread was great – crusty yet soft – I could hear the crackle when I squeezed the sandwich in my hands.  The filling (on the #9) was decent: Pork, cucumber, carrots, cilantro, onions, etc.  It all tasted fresh and crisp.  Nothing earth shattering I’d say, but slightly above average.

One word of caution:  Choose wisely.  At that price, I tried 2 sandwiches: the #9, and the #1.  The #9 was pretty decent.  The #1…inedible.

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