Chicago Banh Mi Sandwich Restaurant Breakdown

on May 15, 2013

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The Weekendtrips team swears by Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches and the rage apparently is blowing into the Windy City.

The Vietnamese-style sandwiches are definitely more than your typical PB & J. To construct the delectable masterpiece, a fresh baguette is topped with lemongrass chicken and complemented with toppings that include daikon radishes and pickled carrots.

In terms of where to go to grab one, here are some of our top picks:

Ba Le
5014 N. Broadway St., Chicago IL

Known for some of the freshest ingredients, Ba Le’s Banh Me lunches are known for tasting great and are priced quite affordably.

Saigon Sisters
567 W. Lake St., Chicago IL
If you want to the full sit-down experience with your sandwich, Saigon Sisters offers full restaurant service in its industrial space. There are other upscale options available as well.

Del Seoul
2568 N. Clark St., Chicago IL

Del Seoul infuses Asian BBQ with the traditional banh mi and this is quickly becoming one of Chicago’s most notorious must-stops. Del Seoul specializes in adding Korean-style flavor including a Sesame-Chili Aioli and a spicy Gochujang Marinade.

Bun Mi Express & Banh Mi & Co
3141 N Broadway St., Chicago IL

These neighboring sister restaurants pair their sandwiches with soup. You can add a Lychee Lemonade to complete your lunch.