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Bun Mi's Tasty Banh Mis

By Minna A in Food on May 17, 2012 5:40PM

If you love banh mi sandwiches like we do, you’ll most likely be hit with a craving for these toasted buns at some point this weekend. If you aren’t willing to risk entering the “red zone”, or lack the motivation to trek to Argyle, you’re in luck. Amongst the Vietnamese sandwich shops popping up on the north side is a neighborhood favorite, Bun Mi Express.

Nearing their one year anniversary, Bun Mi’s banh mis are popular for their great taste and low price. Each of these toasted sandwiches averages around $5 and provides hearty flavors of aromatic cilantro and tart and tangy pickled carrots. Popular amongst diners is the Saigon Classic, layered with ham, headcheese, pate and pork, and the more simplified pork roll, with just pork and pate. Each combination is nestled into a toasty bun with the perfect amount of crisp on the outside, and spongy and soft bread on the inside.

Not to be outshined by the store’s namesake, the spring rolls and drinks are equally popular. Spring rolls can be added to your meal for just $2, and are crafted with cooked vermicelli noodles, lemongrass and choice of protein, and paired with a fragrant peanut dipping sauce. Our recommended drink is the lychee lemonade, a subtly sweet and mildly tart combination of bright lemon and honeyed lychee.

Owner Lee Trinh knows how to make the perfect banh mi. His family owns restaurants around the U.S., and in Saigon, and most of his creations are replicated from the popular street food in Vietnam. Authentic flavor, location and price make Bun Mi’s bahn mi’s our sandwich of choice for this weekend.

Bun Mi Express is located at 3409 N. Broadway.