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The Best Banh Mi in New Orleans, Reader Decided

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Let's talk about banh mi for a moment. Oh, how we love that totally cheap and satisfying Vietnamese sandwich, with light crispy French bread layered with mayo, or butter, or chili paste, and stuffed with delicious meats and the imperative pickled veggies and cilantro. It's a New Orleans staple. So Last Friday, Eater asked you, dearest readers, to tell us what you believe to be the best banh mi in New Orleans, and tell us you did.

While some commenters were super secretive, as in "the best Banh Mi in NOLA is found in Agiers. They sell them every Sat and Sun morning. If you don't know the location you'll have to wait for the Tet Festival..." most of you openly declared your love for banh mi hotspots, with Dong Phuong Bakery in New Orleans East taking the top spot . Not surprising then that they actually provide many of your favorite Vietnamese restaurants with their trademark French bread too.

Here now is the reader decided map of the Best Banh Mi in New Orleans, ranked in order of commenter's suggestions.

All of the entries had at least two comments in their favor, which is why the very worthy Cafe Minh, Pho Hoa, and Ba Chi Canteen didn't make the cut. If you still don't see your favorite, leave a comment below or send us an email.



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Dong Phuong Bakery

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Hands down the overall favorite of Eater readers, Dong Phuong is a bit of a drive to the East, but as one fan says, they have "the absolute best banh mi in New Orleans." Why? "They Start with the best Vietnamese French bread (their own)," plus flavorful and succulent" fillings like lemongrass chicken that are "balanced with the spicy jalapenos, cool cucumber and tangy pickled carrots. To top it off, they use their house made aioli ( translated as butter in Viet) that is so rich and delicious! Get it and you will understand." Word.

Hong Kong Supermarket

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The beloved grocery store/cheap produce mecca/strange meats purveyor on the Westbank is also home to "drool" worthy and crazy cheap banh mi. While the in house deli makes specialty banh mi like a grilled pork and roasted duck version (all around $3) there is also Mr. Bubbles, a bubble tea emporium/banh mi cafe attached to the store.

Banh Mi Sao Mai

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Among "a lot of weird religious and household items," Eater readers find a worthy banh mi made with Dong Phuong bread, slathered with a homemade chili paste rather than the typical mayo or butter. It's a hole-in-the-wall with five different banh mi at bargain prices, totally worth a drive to New Orleans East.

Pho Tau Bay

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With an extensive banh mi list, Westbank favorite Pho Tau Bay is "fab" for their pate banh mi "which is not available at several Viet restaurants." Given the extent of the menu, this is also a good option for those wishing to mix it up with menu options, including pho, spring rolls, and "Sunday Brunch" specials.

Tan Dinh

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While lots of fanatics venture to this Westbank favorite for hard to find specials like goat curry and roasted quail, the banh mi are also a hit, with lots of chargrilled pork to go around, liver pate, lemongrass chicken, and a carry-out special: buy ten, get one free.

Pho NOLA

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"Pho NOLA in Metairie has the best combination banh mi ever," an Eater reader proclaims. "It's got minced BBQ pork, roasted pork and ham. The flavors compliment each other nicely and they use Dong Phuong bread." Plus they offer a soup/sandwich combo with a whole banh mi and a small Pho.

Eat Well Food Mart

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This convenience store on Tulane and Broad caters to the Mid City/Broad area, and those in the clutches of jury duty at the nearby courthouse, with regular and foot long versions of banh mi. The regular sized banh mi features a slathering of butter on Hi-Do bakery bread with a medley of roast pork, barbecued pork, and a head-cheese style pate will set you back about $5. They also offer a Boca Burger version for vegetarians, and they deliver within 3-miles of their store.

Lucky Rooster

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Chef Neil Swidler brings his flair for housemade sauces to the banh mi menu at Lucky Rooster in the CBD. Here, you'll find wild options like a melding of roast beef po' boy with pork belly banh mi featuring a shitake jam. There's also a chile glazed pork banh mi with fried shallot rings and a green papaya slaw. Dang, son. That'ss new school banh mi for the choose-your-adventurers.

Booty's Street Food

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An Eater reader describes "Chef Fonseca's bahn mi," which features all things housemade from the pate to the house cured pork belly (plus meatballs, pickles and mayo to boot) as being "ridiculously delicious." A 'latin' version of the banh mi is also available with a saffron mayo, roast pork, ham, and pickled peppers. And they use Dong Phuong bread, as there's "no need to mess with perfection" says co-owner Kevin Farrell.

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Dong Phuong Bakery

Hands down the overall favorite of Eater readers, Dong Phuong is a bit of a drive to the East, but as one fan says, they have "the absolute best banh mi in New Orleans." Why? "They Start with the best Vietnamese French bread (their own)," plus flavorful and succulent" fillings like lemongrass chicken that are "balanced with the spicy jalapenos, cool cucumber and tangy pickled carrots. To top it off, they use their house made aioli ( translated as butter in Viet) that is so rich and delicious! Get it and you will understand." Word.

Hong Kong Supermarket

The beloved grocery store/cheap produce mecca/strange meats purveyor on the Westbank is also home to "drool" worthy and crazy cheap banh mi. While the in house deli makes specialty banh mi like a grilled pork and roasted duck version (all around $3) there is also Mr. Bubbles, a bubble tea emporium/banh mi cafe attached to the store.

Banh Mi Sao Mai

Among "a lot of weird religious and household items," Eater readers find a worthy banh mi made with Dong Phuong bread, slathered with a homemade chili paste rather than the typical mayo or butter. It's a hole-in-the-wall with five different banh mi at bargain prices, totally worth a drive to New Orleans East.

Pho Tau Bay

With an extensive banh mi list, Westbank favorite Pho Tau Bay is "fab" for their pate banh mi "which is not available at several Viet restaurants." Given the extent of the menu, this is also a good option for those wishing to mix it up with menu options, including pho, spring rolls, and "Sunday Brunch" specials.

Tan Dinh

While lots of fanatics venture to this Westbank favorite for hard to find specials like goat curry and roasted quail, the banh mi are also a hit, with lots of chargrilled pork to go around, liver pate, lemongrass chicken, and a carry-out special: buy ten, get one free.

Pho NOLA

"Pho NOLA in Metairie has the best combination banh mi ever," an Eater reader proclaims. "It's got minced BBQ pork, roasted pork and ham. The flavors compliment each other nicely and they use Dong Phuong bread." Plus they offer a soup/sandwich combo with a whole banh mi and a small Pho.

Eat Well Food Mart

This convenience store on Tulane and Broad caters to the Mid City/Broad area, and those in the clutches of jury duty at the nearby courthouse, with regular and foot long versions of banh mi. The regular sized banh mi features a slathering of butter on Hi-Do bakery bread with a medley of roast pork, barbecued pork, and a head-cheese style pate will set you back about $5. They also offer a Boca Burger version for vegetarians, and they deliver within 3-miles of their store.

Lucky Rooster

Chef Neil Swidler brings his flair for housemade sauces to the banh mi menu at Lucky Rooster in the CBD. Here, you'll find wild options like a melding of roast beef po' boy with pork belly banh mi featuring a shitake jam. There's also a chile glazed pork banh mi with fried shallot rings and a green papaya slaw. Dang, son. That'ss new school banh mi for the choose-your-adventurers.

Booty's Street Food

An Eater reader describes "Chef Fonseca's bahn mi," which features all things housemade from the pate to the house cured pork belly (plus meatballs, pickles and mayo to boot) as being "ridiculously delicious." A 'latin' version of the banh mi is also available with a saffron mayo, roast pork, ham, and pickled peppers. And they use Dong Phuong bread, as there's "no need to mess with perfection" says co-owner Kevin Farrell.

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