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Banh Mi Bale (A say whaaaa?)

August 18, 2010

Have you ever been driving down Classen and wondered “What’s in that little triangle brick building with the GIANT milk bottle on top?” Me too. So I went to find out at lunch today.

Wonder if they sell amazing Vietnamese sandwiches under that milk bottle? YEP.

Banh Mi Bale is a vietnamese sandwich place that serves “Saigon Subs.” When I walked in I got the feeling I was in for something good. There were six different kinds of sandwiches, and I decided to go with the #2. Chicken. That’s all it said. I didn’t ask what came on it, because I knew I would wuss out and say “No (insert vegetable here) please.”

That turned out to be a good call on my part. What I got was a fresh, warm baguette filled with chicken, sweet onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro. The contrast of the lightly-pickled sweet onions with the spiciness of the fresh pepper (tasted like a jalapeno to me, but I’m definitely not a pepper connoisseur) was really good.

Not only was this an outstanding sandwich, but IT WAS $1.85! Not kidding. Six of us got sandwiches and soft drinks for maybe $20. Even I can take multiple people out for lunch on me at that price! And trust me, that’s saying something.

Buddha says pick your sandwich. Pay $1.85.

I’m sure you can tell from looking at the outside of the building, but there’s hardly room to scratch your butt in this place, much less pick your seat. What I mean is, there’s no seating. Anywhere. But it doesn’t matter! It’s an awesome sandwich for $1.85! I could eat it in a port-o-potty and come out smiling!

If you don’t believe me, head to 2426 N. Classen and getcha some!

Apparently, this place has some notoriety, and has even graced the pages of the New York Times and Southern Living Magazine. Who knew?

Head to the Photos page to see my sandwich.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2010 11:24 pm

    Several of my friends have said this tiny sandwich shop rocks and is much better than Lee’s Sandwiches just up the street. I do enjoy Lee’s Vietnamese sandwiches. Thanks for the review. I can’t wait to try!!

  2. August 26, 2010 7:08 pm

    i am going there again…….for $1.85 hell ya !!!

  3. June 23, 2012 8:35 pm

    Unbelievable that they changed the price from $2 to $1.85, forchristsake.

    These sandwiches were handmade by machine elves.

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