We will be looking at reviews for 3 banh mi restaurants.
First up is Saigon Sandwiches in Springfield, Missouri. News-Leader gives a good history of banh me during its review:
Bánh mì’s are a result of France’s occupation of Vietnam between 1887 and 1954. The sandwiches fuse together ingredients from both countries such as baguettes, pate and mayonnaise from France and the pickled carrots, daikon and cilantro that represent ingredients from Vietnam.
Some sandwiches are served with a fried egg, also a nod to French culinary history.
Bánh mì is the Vietnamese word for bread, and sandwiches are served on an 8-inch Vietnamese style baguette that is crusty on the outside, soft and airy on the inside, and medium on the chewy factor. The Vietnamese style is fluffier and not as crusty as the French version, which can sometimes be so crusty it hurts the roof of your mouth. The baguette is warmed right before the sandwich is made, and warm bread is pure comfort food for me. I am a huge fan of baguette and was very pleased. Source: News-Leader.
Next up is KC Bakery in Long Beach, California.
After a sleek (but not too fancy!) renovation of the former Lily Bakery space, KC Bakery opened in December with a new long ordering counter, a massive open kitchen and several deli cases filled with pastries, hot items and desserts, much of which gets snatched up early by the area’s Buddhist devotees who pick up food for the monks on their way to temple in the morning. What’s left by lunchtime remains on constant special: buy three pate chauds get one free, buy three sandwiches get one free, buy three Vietnamese crack coffees and get one free or get a sandwich and a coffee for a mere $5.50. Source: OCWeekly.
Last is Chez Anh that offers banh mi and pho.
Gone is the mega-long pho/bun menu Ottawans are used to. In its place, a super-succinct list of three lunchtime items (two bánh mì options and a northern-style pho — you’ll love the slices of fried dough!). At dinner, there are vermicelli bowls, rice wraps, and pate chaud (four little puff-pastries stuffed with a spicy minced pork pâté). Source: Ottawa Magazine.