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Where To Eat the Best Banh Mi in New Orleans

A dozen of the best spots to get what New Orleanians call a Vietnamese po-boy

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Getting a decent banh mi in the New Orleans area once meant driving to the Westbank. And while Gretna may still reign as the locus of authentic Vietnamese, the banh mi gap between the two sides of the Mississippi has narrowed. For banh mi served on airy French-style bread (the two principal New Orleans bakeries being Dong Phuong in New Orleans East and Terrytown’s Hi-Do); a never-ending variety of centerpieces; and a heap of pickled carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, and chiles, check out one of the spots below.

Worth noting: Track food truck Saigon Slim’s location on social media to find its excellent lemongrass chicken. pork, and house duck pate banh mi.

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1. Banh Mi Boys

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5001 Airline Dr
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 510-5360
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Don’t be fooled by the parking lot this next-generation Vietnamese spot shares with the adjoining Texaco station. The pocket-sized Banh Mi Boys knows no bounds and it’s impossible to go wrong with anything on its playful menu. Sure, there are plenty of traditional options, but the fun lies in the chef’s specials section of the menu with chicken katsu, bulgogi beef, and bang bang shrimp all filling the bread.

Citrus five spice pulled pork banh mi at Banh Mi Boys
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2. Singleton's Mini Mart

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3635, 7446 Garfield St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 866-4741
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Plopped in the middle of Uptown’s Black Pearl neighborhood and decorated head-to-toe in Miami Dolphins memorabilia, Singleton’s little corner store sells chips, beer, seafood po-boys, pho on Saturdays, “shake and beef,” and a Korean barbecue pork “Vietnamese po-boy” adorned with banh mi fixings like pickled carrots, cucumber, and fresh cilantro. Unlike some corner stores, this one has some communal tables indoors so you can sit and eat. The kitchen is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Korean barbecue ‘po-boy’
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3. PHOBISTREAUX (Multiple Locations)

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1200 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 304-8334

Pho is in PhoBistreaux’s name, but banh mi are equally good at this contemporary and clean spot warm with steam rising from the cooking vessels visible across the counter. The generous menu covers all the basics: tofu, grilled shrimp, pork roll and pate, grilled pork, grilled beef, grilled chicken, and a combo. On the corner of Oak and Carrollton, the vibe is inviting with a sleek white interior dotted with bright red chairs. Plus, the restaurant offers online ordering.

4. Mint Modern Vietnamese

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5100 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 218-5534
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Freret Street’s Mint Modern Vietnamese doesn’t follow any rules when it comes to Vietnamese food. There’s a banh mi burger (which also happens to be one of the city’s greatest burgers) and banh mi stuffed with everything from fried soft shell crab to french fries and mushrooms. A meat lover’s option combines barbecue pork, pate, Vietnamese ham and meatballs. This contemporary spot has a full bar, table service, and a playful menu.

Mint’s banh mi burger
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5. Le's Baguette Banh Mi Cafe

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5529, 4607 Dryades St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-2620
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Le’s Baguette settled into Its Uptown neighborhood while maintainsingthe casual and quaint cafe vibe of its beloved predecessor Il Posto, but adds a menu of Vietnamese specialties. It truly represents the embracing of one cuisine by another with banh mi stuffed with creamy shrimp remoulade on Dong Phuong bread, as well as more traditional banh mi.

Steak pho, tofu spring rolls, and tofu banh mi
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6. Eat Well Food Mart

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2700 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 821-7730

At first glance, this Tulane corridor storefront may seem like just another cigarettes and chips depot, but head to the back and you’ll be rewarded with value: on point banh mi at a fair shake (around $7 for 12 inches). The best way to order is to ignore Eat Well’s big menu on the wall; look instead to the little printed menu by the register. Eater’s picks: slightly sweet Asian barbecue pork or the hot sausage with pate made at the store. Both come with just the right combination of cilantro, carrots, and cucumber on Hi-Do bread. And yes, do ask for the spicy Sriracha aioli and jalepeños.

Shrimp banh mi, spring roll, and a cup of gumbo
Yelp/ Charles H.

7. Pho Noi Viet

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2005 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-3399
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This casual family affair is only a stone’s throw from the more bustling Lilly’s Cafe, but banh mi enthusiasts would be remiss not to sample the wares at Pho Noi Viet. Here the barbecue pork banh mi is the ticket with a slow marinating meat made from “mom’s recipe;” the result is tender, deeply satisfying, and a good bang for your buck. Note: No alcohol, so BYO.

Vegan pho, tofu banh mi, iced green tea
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8. Lilly's Café

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1813 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 599-9999
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With its cozy, funky, and decidedly New Orleans interior, Lilly’s Cafe manages to avoid the sterile look found in many Vietnamese eateries, and it’s not surprising that this Lower Garden District spot on Magazine has quickly cultivated a devoted lunch following in search of reasonably priced, satisfying fare. The spicy pork banh mi with plentiful carrots is a solid bet; chicken, shrimp, and tofu options also available.

Viet ham and egg banh mi
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9. Tan Dinh Restaurant

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1705 Lafayette St
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 361-8008

What could be better than a bowl of pho, a plate of addictive lemongrass wings, or the we-defy-you-to-find-better egg rolls at this longtime West Bank favorite? Perhaps nothing except those items and a banh mi. Ttanh an Dinh’s traditional banh mi options all ring in at $6 a pop and are served on warm 8” rolls with moderate amounts of meat and the classic vegetables: carrot, cucumber, cilantro and jalepeños. A good bet: the banh mi pate dac biet with roast pork, meatball, pork loaf, and pate or the banh mi ga nuong xa for those who just can’t bear the thought of having to go without lemongrass chicken.

Combo banh mi
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10. Em Trai Sandwich Co.

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2372 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 302-7772

Previously stuck in St. Roch Market under the name T2 Streetfood, Tung Nguyen recently opened Em Trai Sandwich Co. across the street in the former Seed (and before that, Spotted Cat cafe’s short-lived second location. Nguyen uses some of the city’s favorite purveyors for his menu, including Central City BBQ smoked meat, bahn mi bread from Hi-Do Bakery, sourdough bread from St. Bruno Bread Co., and Patton’s hot sausage (for a top-notch hot sausage banh mi, of course).

11. Hong Kong Food Market

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925 Behrman Hwy #3
Gretna, LA 70056
(504) 394-7075
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From the East Bank, getting to the area’s most comprehensive Asian market can feel like a bit of a haul. Fortunately, rewards await in Gretna’s hinterlands, especially very cheap rewards. And, honestly, if there’s a better banh mi value out there, we don’t know it: All banh mi at Hong Kong Market comes in at under $4. (Head for the deli counter; just look for the hanging ducks.) Choices include the usual pork suspects, but the market’s pickled veggies are particularly noteworthy are particularly noteworthy. They’re so crunchy and tangy it would be a shame to cover them with mayo.

Grilled Beef Sandwich banh mi (banh mi bo nuong)
Yelp/Annie N.

12. Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery

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14207 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129
(504) 254-0214
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No banh mi list would be complete without this New Orleans East culinary anchor and now James Beard Award winner. Known for its outstanding bread, Dong Phuong remains a critical, reasonably priced (though those prices may come at a cost) and laid-back banh mi spot with several choices centering around pork and spread with aioli made at the bakery. Bonus: Dong Phuong’s gorgeously animated and heartfelt website is a sensual destination in its own right.

Banh mi at Dong Phuong
Yelp/Jaison K.

1. Banh Mi Boys

5001 Airline Dr, Metairie, LA 70001
Citrus five spice pulled pork banh mi at Banh Mi Boys
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Don’t be fooled by the parking lot this next-generation Vietnamese spot shares with the adjoining Texaco station. The pocket-sized Banh Mi Boys knows no bounds and it’s impossible to go wrong with anything on its playful menu. Sure, there are plenty of traditional options, but the fun lies in the chef’s specials section of the menu with chicken katsu, bulgogi beef, and bang bang shrimp all filling the bread.

5001 Airline Dr
Metairie, LA 70001

2. Singleton's Mini Mart

3635, 7446 Garfield St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Korean barbecue ‘po-boy’
Yelp/Meena M.

Plopped in the middle of Uptown’s Black Pearl neighborhood and decorated head-to-toe in Miami Dolphins memorabilia, Singleton’s little corner store sells chips, beer, seafood po-boys, pho on Saturdays, “shake and beef,” and a Korean barbecue pork “Vietnamese po-boy” adorned with banh mi fixings like pickled carrots, cucumber, and fresh cilantro. Unlike some corner stores, this one has some communal tables indoors so you can sit and eat. The kitchen is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

3635, 7446 Garfield St
New Orleans, LA 70118

3. PHOBISTREAUX (Multiple Locations)

1200 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

Pho is in PhoBistreaux’s name, but banh mi are equally good at this contemporary and clean spot warm with steam rising from the cooking vessels visible across the counter. The generous menu covers all the basics: tofu, grilled shrimp, pork roll and pate, grilled pork, grilled beef, grilled chicken, and a combo. On the corner of Oak and Carrollton, the vibe is inviting with a sleek white interior dotted with bright red chairs. Plus, the restaurant offers online ordering.

1200 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

4. Mint Modern Vietnamese

5100 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Mint’s banh mi burger
FACEBOOK

Freret Street’s Mint Modern Vietnamese doesn’t follow any rules when it comes to Vietnamese food. There’s a banh mi burger (which also happens to be one of the city’s greatest burgers) and banh mi stuffed with everything from fried soft shell crab to french fries and mushrooms. A meat lover’s option combines barbecue pork, pate, Vietnamese ham and meatballs. This contemporary spot has a full bar, table service, and a playful menu.

5100 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. Le's Baguette Banh Mi Cafe

5529, 4607 Dryades St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Steak pho, tofu spring rolls, and tofu banh mi
Yelp/Kimberly S.

Le’s Baguette settled into Its Uptown neighborhood while maintainsingthe casual and quaint cafe vibe of its beloved predecessor Il Posto, but adds a menu of Vietnamese specialties. It truly represents the embracing of one cuisine by another with banh mi stuffed with creamy shrimp remoulade on Dong Phuong bread, as well as more traditional banh mi.

5529, 4607 Dryades St
New Orleans, LA 70115

6. Eat Well Food Mart

2700 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Shrimp banh mi, spring roll, and a cup of gumbo
Yelp/ Charles H.

At first glance, this Tulane corridor storefront may seem like just another cigarettes and chips depot, but head to the back and you’ll be rewarded with value: on point banh mi at a fair shake (around $7 for 12 inches). The best way to order is to ignore Eat Well’s big menu on the wall; look instead to the little printed menu by the register. Eater’s picks: slightly sweet Asian barbecue pork or the hot sausage with pate made at the store. Both come with just the right combination of cilantro, carrots, and cucumber on Hi-Do bread. And yes, do ask for the spicy Sriracha aioli and jalepeños.

2700 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. Pho Noi Viet

2005 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Vegan pho, tofu banh mi, iced green tea
Yelp/Mel C.

This casual family affair is only a stone’s throw from the more bustling Lilly’s Cafe, but banh mi enthusiasts would be remiss not to sample the wares at Pho Noi Viet. Here the barbecue pork banh mi is the ticket with a slow marinating meat made from “mom’s recipe;” the result is tender, deeply satisfying, and a good bang for your buck. Note: No alcohol, so BYO.

2005 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. Lilly's Café

1813 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Viet ham and egg banh mi
Yelp/Maggie W.

With its cozy, funky, and decidedly New Orleans interior, Lilly’s Cafe manages to avoid the sterile look found in many Vietnamese eateries, and it’s not surprising that this Lower Garden District spot on Magazine has quickly cultivated a devoted lunch following in search of reasonably priced, satisfying fare. The spicy pork banh mi with plentiful carrots is a solid bet; chicken, shrimp, and tofu options also available.

1813 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Tan Dinh Restaurant

1705 Lafayette St, Gretna, LA 70053
Combo banh mi
Yelp/Mike C.

What could be better than a bowl of pho, a plate of addictive lemongrass wings, or the we-defy-you-to-find-better egg rolls at this longtime West Bank favorite? Perhaps nothing except those items and a banh mi. Ttanh an Dinh’s traditional banh mi options all ring in at $6 a pop and are served on warm 8” rolls with moderate amounts of meat and the classic vegetables: carrot, cucumber, cilantro and jalepeños. A good bet: the banh mi pate dac biet with roast pork, meatball, pork loaf, and pate or the banh mi ga nuong xa for those who just can’t bear the thought of having to go without lemongrass chicken.

1705 Lafayette St
Gretna, LA 70053

10. Em Trai Sandwich Co.

2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Previously stuck in St. Roch Market under the name T2 Streetfood, Tung Nguyen recently opened Em Trai Sandwich Co. across the street in the former Seed (and before that, Spotted Cat cafe’s short-lived second location. Nguyen uses some of the city’s favorite purveyors for his menu, including Central City BBQ smoked meat, bahn mi bread from Hi-Do Bakery, sourdough bread from St. Bruno Bread Co., and Patton’s hot sausage (for a top-notch hot sausage banh mi, of course).

2372 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

11. Hong Kong Food Market

925 Behrman Hwy #3, Gretna, LA 70056
Grilled Beef Sandwich banh mi (banh mi bo nuong)
Yelp/Annie N.

From the East Bank, getting to the area’s most comprehensive Asian market can feel like a bit of a haul. Fortunately, rewards await in Gretna’s hinterlands, especially very cheap rewards. And, honestly, if there’s a better banh mi value out there, we don’t know it: All banh mi at Hong Kong Market comes in at under $4. (Head for the deli counter; just look for the hanging ducks.) Choices include the usual pork suspects, but the market’s pickled veggies are particularly noteworthy are particularly noteworthy. They’re so crunchy and tangy it would be a shame to cover them with mayo.

925 Behrman Hwy #3
Gretna, LA 70056

12. Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery

14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
Banh mi at Dong Phuong
Yelp/Jaison K.

No banh mi list would be complete without this New Orleans East culinary anchor and now James Beard Award winner. Known for its outstanding bread, Dong Phuong remains a critical, reasonably priced (though those prices may come at a cost) and laid-back banh mi spot with several choices centering around pork and spread with aioli made at the bakery. Bonus: Dong Phuong’s gorgeously animated and heartfelt website is a sensual destination in its own right.

14207 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129

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