Today we’re looking at banh mi, the Vietnamese sandwich with French influences. Take a baguette, load it up with ham, pate, pickled veggies, and jalapeno and you’ve got yourself one heck of a sandwich. The best banh mi is fresh with a nice crispness to the bread. Luckily, when I am in need of banh mi Saigon Sisters is only a few blocks away from work and the only banh mi you’ll find within miles of the Loop.
Better than Ba Le, Nhu Lan, or other imitations, Saigon Sisters in the best in banh mi north side or south side. Once you’ve stepped inside Saigon Sisters, check out their chalkboard menu but go straight for the classic and you won’t regret it. I like a dab of Sriracha on my banh mi and the classic served on a fresh baguette will be the perfect banh mi for lunch. Layers of ham and a generous layer of pate makes for a perfect downtown lunch that won’t knock you out. Here is a sampling of banh mi from @saigonsisters:
The Haute Dog features all-beef hot dog served on the same fresh baguette with tomato, mayo, some mint, and pickled daikon (radishes for the uninitiated). I haven’t had hot dog in a baguette since I was in Germany, so the Haute Dog passes the test.
Do you like meatball sandwiches? Add some Vietnamese flavor and you’ve got yourself the best of both worlds.
Saigon Sisters also has other goods that’ll whet your appetite if you ever deviate from the banh mi mastery. The first time I went with a coworker and we ended up eating a banh mi and bowl of pho apiece, promising us an instant trip to sleepiness, particularly when you throw a bao or two in.
You really can’t escape Saigon Sisters without trying a bao or two or three. These little guys have the jalapeno, daikon and I love the pork belly the best. A delightful side snack when beasting the best banh mi in the city. Stop in at Saigon Sisters to get your banh mi on, and if you’re chained to your desk you can always call and have them deliver or cater your next company lunch!