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Where to Eat Banh Mi in New Orleans

More than a dozen of the best spots for that special combo of fresh vegetables, tasty meat, and spicy condiments, or what New Orleanians call a Vietnamese po’ boy

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Once upon a time, getting a decent banh mi in the New Orleans area meant driving to the Westbank. And while Gretna may still reign as the locus of authentic Vietnamese, banh mi are now almost as ubiquitous in New Orleans as the fried seafood po’ boy. Pork and pate are the traditional fillings, along with cilantro, carrot, cucumbers, jalapeno, and butter or aioli, but here there are never-ending combinations of fillings, all on a traditional New Orleans french bread roll (the two principal New Orleans bakeries being Dong Phuong in New Orleans East and Terrytown’s Hi-Do).

From the Westbank to New Orleans East, here are more than a dozen spots serving the best banh mi in the New Orleans area.

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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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Peter Nguyen’s pocket-sized Banh Mi Boys knows no bounds and it’s impossible to go wrong with anything on its playful menu. 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. Excitingly, a second shop is set to open soon in Orleans Parish, a franchise location, on Magazine Street.

Steak and egg banh mi
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2. Singleton's Mini Mart

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3635, 7446 Garfield St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 866-4741

Set in the middle of Uptown’s Black Pearl neighborhood and decorated head-to-toe in Miami Dolphins memorabilia, Singleton’s corner store sells chips, beer, seafood po’ boys, pho, “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.

Korean barbecue ‘po-boy’
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3. Ba Chi Canteen

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7900 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 373-5628
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While this Maple street gem is best known for menu items like the bacos (bao meets taco), gyoza nachos, kimchi fries, and green tea Kit-Kat cheesecake, Ba Hi Canteen offers a variety of banh mi like the pork belly, roast pork, and pate combo or the lemongrass combo, all affordable.

4. PhoBistreaux

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1200 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 304-8334
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Pho is in PhoBistreaux’s name, but banh mi are equally good at this sleek, inviting spot Uptown with a few additional locations outside New Orleans in Jefferson Parish. The generous menu covers all the banh mi basics: tofu, grilled shrimp, pork roll and pate, grilled pork, grilled beef, grilled chicken, and a combo.

5. Mint Modern Vietnamese

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5100 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 218-5534
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Freret Street’s bright and airy Mint Modern Vietnamese doesn’t follow any rules when it comes to Vietnamese food. There’s a banh mi burger and banh mi stuffed with everything from fried soft shell crab to french fries and mushrooms, fried eggs, and multi-meat combos.

6. 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 embraces New Orleans cuisine with banh mi stuffed with creamy shrimp remoulade on Dong Phuong bread, as well as more traditional Vietnamese banh mi.

7. Eat Well Food Mart

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

A once lesser-known, now well-loved mini mart located on Canal and Broad near a busy bus stop and the courthouse, Eat well is known for its Vietnamese specialties like yak-a-mein, pho, and of course, banh mi — and its affordability. Try the 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. Of course, ask for the spicy Sriracha aioli and jalepeños.

8. Phở Tầu Bay Restaurant

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1565 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 368-9846
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Pho Tau Bay is a family affair, as well as a locals favorite. Spiced beef stew is a specialty here, served over rice noodles or warm French bread in one of their many excellent banh mi options, which also includes the banh mi pate thit filled with chicken liver sausage and hot peppers.

9. Magasin Kitchen

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611 O'Keefe Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 571-5677
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Nola native Kim Nguyen’s Magazine Street offshoot in the Warehouse District, Magasin Kitchen, serves succulent banh mi, with fillings like the favorite, grilled pork, and other tasty selections like pork belly and quail egg, honey glazed pork roll, roasted eggplant, salted crispy tofu, and more.

10. Mr. Bubbles Cafe

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1441 Canal St #1
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 516-2994

This Gretna favorite came to the East bank a few years back, setting up shop in the CBD with more than a dozen seriously affordable versions of tasty banh mi, including vegetarian options, crushed pork meatball, hot sausage, Vietnamese ham, and grilled shrimp. Quick and inexpensive, what’s not to like.

11. Lilly's Café

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1813 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 599-9999
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With its cozy but funky interior, it’s not surprising that this Lower Garden District spot on Magazine draws 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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12. 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 (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.

Grilled Beef Sandwich banh mi (banh mi bo nuong)
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13. 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 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.

Banh mi at Dong Phuong
Yelp/Jaison K.

1. Banh Mi Boys

5001 Airline Dr, Metairie, LA 70001
Steak and egg banh mi
Banh Mi Boys/Facebook

Peter Nguyen’s pocket-sized Banh Mi Boys knows no bounds and it’s impossible to go wrong with anything on its playful menu. 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. Excitingly, a second shop is set to open soon in Orleans Parish, a franchise location, on Magazine Street.

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.

Set in the middle of Uptown’s Black Pearl neighborhood and decorated head-to-toe in Miami Dolphins memorabilia, Singleton’s corner store sells chips, beer, seafood po’ boys, pho, “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.

3635, 7446 Garfield St
New Orleans, LA 70118

3. Ba Chi Canteen

7900 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118

While this Maple street gem is best known for menu items like the bacos (bao meets taco), gyoza nachos, kimchi fries, and green tea Kit-Kat cheesecake, Ba Hi Canteen offers a variety of banh mi like the pork belly, roast pork, and pate combo or the lemongrass combo, all affordable.

7900 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118

4. PhoBistreaux

1200 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

Pho is in PhoBistreaux’s name, but banh mi are equally good at this sleek, inviting spot Uptown with a few additional locations outside New Orleans in Jefferson Parish. The generous menu covers all the banh mi basics: tofu, grilled shrimp, pork roll and pate, grilled pork, grilled beef, grilled chicken, and a combo.

1200 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

5. Mint Modern Vietnamese

5100 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Freret Street’s bright and airy Mint Modern Vietnamese doesn’t follow any rules when it comes to Vietnamese food. There’s a banh mi burger and banh mi stuffed with everything from fried soft shell crab to french fries and mushrooms, fried eggs, and multi-meat combos.

5100 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

6. Le's Baguette Banh Mi Cafe

5529, 4607 Dryades St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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 embraces New Orleans cuisine with banh mi stuffed with creamy shrimp remoulade on Dong Phuong bread, as well as more traditional Vietnamese banh mi.

5529, 4607 Dryades St
New Orleans, LA 70115

7. Eat Well Food Mart

2700 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

A once lesser-known, now well-loved mini mart located on Canal and Broad near a busy bus stop and the courthouse, Eat well is known for its Vietnamese specialties like yak-a-mein, pho, and of course, banh mi — and its affordability. Try the 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. Of course, ask for the spicy Sriracha aioli and jalepeños.

2700 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119

8. Phở Tầu Bay Restaurant

1565 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112

Pho Tau Bay is a family affair, as well as a locals favorite. Spiced beef stew is a specialty here, served over rice noodles or warm French bread in one of their many excellent banh mi options, which also includes the banh mi pate thit filled with chicken liver sausage and hot peppers.

1565 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70112

9. Magasin Kitchen

611 O'Keefe Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113

Nola native Kim Nguyen’s Magazine Street offshoot in the Warehouse District, Magasin Kitchen, serves succulent banh mi, with fillings like the favorite, grilled pork, and other tasty selections like pork belly and quail egg, honey glazed pork roll, roasted eggplant, salted crispy tofu, and more.

611 O'Keefe Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113

10. Mr. Bubbles Cafe

1441 Canal St #1, New Orleans, LA 70112

This Gretna favorite came to the East bank a few years back, setting up shop in the CBD with more than a dozen seriously affordable versions of tasty banh mi, including vegetarian options, crushed pork meatball, hot sausage, Vietnamese ham, and grilled shrimp. Quick and inexpensive, what’s not to like.

1441 Canal St #1
New Orleans, LA 70112

11. Lilly's Café

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

With its cozy but funky interior, it’s not surprising that this Lower Garden District spot on Magazine draws 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

12. 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 (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.

925 Behrman Hwy #3
Gretna, LA 70056

13. 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 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.

14207 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129

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