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A Handy Guide to Minneapolis's Best Bánh Mì

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Bánh mì is quite possibly the perfect lunch item; it's cheap, filling, flavorful, and not horrible for your health. In a sandwich-obsessed city with a large Vietnamese population, it is no wonder good bánh mì sandwiches are so abundant in Minneapolis. Whether you're looking to get a super-authentic sandwich or try a decadent take on the classic (duck pâté, anyone?), we've got you covered. To help you make the important decisions in life, here's a handy guide to the best bánh mì in the Twin Cities, along with suggestions for what to order at each bánh mì spot.

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Theresa Swaney

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lu's Sandwiches

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2624 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 870-0350
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A key feature of bánh mì is the chewy, crusty bread, and Lu’s fresh baked bread is some of the chewiest and crustiest in the Twin Cities. Beside the bread, Lu’s specialty is their oiled onions and house-made butter. You can get nearly every variety of traditional bánh mì here, from cold cuts to sour sausage to grilled pork, but we suggest you try the grilled beef, a relatively rare option in the Twin Cities. Go for the side of french fries and a bubble tea for a simple and cheap lunch.

2. Jasmine Deli

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2532 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Brother and sister owners Vinh and Le Truong have been selling simple, made-to-order bánh mì sandwiches at their small Eat Street establishment since 2000. Vegans and vegetarians should flock here to try their distinctive bánh mì càri mì căn (curry mock duck) and enjoy the crunch of Jasmine Deli’s bread under the weight of their teeth. Vinh and Le Truong also own the nearby Café Kem, so you might as well get a bubble tea while you are in the neighborhood.

3. Vellee Deli

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Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401
This food truck only sells one kind of bánh mì - a BBQ pork and pâté version - but it's a winner. The pork is heavily seasoned and presented in perfect bite-sized chunks while the bread crumbles delicately. With three different levels of hot sauce “kickers,” Vellee Deli gives you the option to spicy up your bánh mì way more than a little Sriracha or jalapeno ever could.

4. 112 Eatery

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112 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 343-7696
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When you are in the mood for a decadent bánh mì, make your way downtown to 112 Eatery and try head chef and owner Isaac Becker’s rich duck pâté bánh mì. A chunk of thick and creamy duck pâté is placed between a crunchy French baguette and topped with pickled vegetables. Plus, it's only $7 - still pricey for a traditional bánh mì, but a very affordable sit-down option.

5. Dumpling

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1306 2nd Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Dumpling is so new that owner Bunbob Chhun doesn’t even have a restaurant yet. You can only find his sandwiches at coffee shops around the metro area; they are available at Groundswell Coffee in Saint Paul, Matchbox Coffee in the Northeast and Caffetto Cafe in Uptown. Try the chicken basil, which includes pan-seared chicken breast, basil, peanut sauce, quick pickled cucumber, jicama, carrot, Sriracha, and hoisin spread.

6. Bun Mi Sandwiches

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604 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 886-3286
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Located in Stadium Village, this small, sleek restaurant caters to trendy college students and professors who need a quick bite to eat. Opened in 2009, Bun Mi goes beyond the traditional toppings and offers unique options like Kogi pulled pork and Thai chicken curry, and they've also got a great jalapeño and garlic mayo. Add a side of French fries or Asian slaw and you have meal to keep you upright and focused in class.

7. Blackbird

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3800 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 823-4790
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While many non-Vietnamese restaurants take stabs at creating bánh mì perfection, Blackbird Cafe’s adaptation actually succeeds. Co-owners Gail Moller and Chris Stevens have replaced the typical French baguette with an organic focaccia bun from New French Bakery and topped it with naturally sourced, slow-roasted pork, along with the traditional pickled vegetable-herb fixings. At $11 a pop, Blackbird’s bánh mì is the priciest on this list.

8. iPho by Saigon

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704 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104-5339
(651) 225-8751
Don’t let the name trick you; this University Ave restaurant packs a big punch when it comes to bánh mì. Saigon’s homemade French mayonnaise is a good enough reason to leave Minneapolis and head over to Saint Paul in and of itself, but there are also thirteen different bánh mì options to make the trip even more worthwhile. Pork-lovers should try the bánh mì sài gòn (Saigon specialty sandwich), which is stuffed full of red roast pork, pork loaf, grilled pork, and pâté.

9. Ha Tien Grocery Store

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353 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103
(651) 227-7136
If you walk into Ha Tien Grocery and walk out without getting a bánh mì to-go from their deli section, you have made a big mistake. This recently remodeled grocery and deli in Saint Paul’s Little Mekong District specializes in a bánh mì filled to the brim with barbecued red pork, herbs, vegetables, and special soy sauce. Ha Tien’s sandwiches are made-to-order, and while you wait you can chat up their über-friendly counter attendants or peruse their vast selection of Asian grocery items.

1. Lu's Sandwiches

2624 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
A key feature of bánh mì is the chewy, crusty bread, and Lu’s fresh baked bread is some of the chewiest and crustiest in the Twin Cities. Beside the bread, Lu’s specialty is their oiled onions and house-made butter. You can get nearly every variety of traditional bánh mì here, from cold cuts to sour sausage to grilled pork, but we suggest you try the grilled beef, a relatively rare option in the Twin Cities. Go for the side of french fries and a bubble tea for a simple and cheap lunch.
2624 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

2. Jasmine Deli

2532 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Brother and sister owners Vinh and Le Truong have been selling simple, made-to-order bánh mì sandwiches at their small Eat Street establishment since 2000. Vegans and vegetarians should flock here to try their distinctive bánh mì càri mì căn (curry mock duck) and enjoy the crunch of Jasmine Deli’s bread under the weight of their teeth. Vinh and Le Truong also own the nearby Café Kem, so you might as well get a bubble tea while you are in the neighborhood.
2532 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

3. Vellee Deli

Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401
This food truck only sells one kind of bánh mì - a BBQ pork and pâté version - but it's a winner. The pork is heavily seasoned and presented in perfect bite-sized chunks while the bread crumbles delicately. With three different levels of hot sauce “kickers,” Vellee Deli gives you the option to spicy up your bánh mì way more than a little Sriracha or jalapeno ever could.
Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401

4. 112 Eatery

112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
When you are in the mood for a decadent bánh mì, make your way downtown to 112 Eatery and try head chef and owner Isaac Becker’s rich duck pâté bánh mì. A chunk of thick and creamy duck pâté is placed between a crunchy French baguette and topped with pickled vegetables. Plus, it's only $7 - still pricey for a traditional bánh mì, but a very affordable sit-down option.
112 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

5. Dumpling

1306 2nd Street Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Dumpling is so new that owner Bunbob Chhun doesn’t even have a restaurant yet. You can only find his sandwiches at coffee shops around the metro area; they are available at Groundswell Coffee in Saint Paul, Matchbox Coffee in the Northeast and Caffetto Cafe in Uptown. Try the chicken basil, which includes pan-seared chicken breast, basil, peanut sauce, quick pickled cucumber, jicama, carrot, Sriracha, and hoisin spread.
1306 2nd Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55413

6. Bun Mi Sandwiches

604 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Located in Stadium Village, this small, sleek restaurant caters to trendy college students and professors who need a quick bite to eat. Opened in 2009, Bun Mi goes beyond the traditional toppings and offers unique options like Kogi pulled pork and Thai chicken curry, and they've also got a great jalapeño and garlic mayo. Add a side of French fries or Asian slaw and you have meal to keep you upright and focused in class.
604 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

7. Blackbird

3800 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
While many non-Vietnamese restaurants take stabs at creating bánh mì perfection, Blackbird Cafe’s adaptation actually succeeds. Co-owners Gail Moller and Chris Stevens have replaced the typical French baguette with an organic focaccia bun from New French Bakery and topped it with naturally sourced, slow-roasted pork, along with the traditional pickled vegetable-herb fixings. At $11 a pop, Blackbird’s bánh mì is the priciest on this list.
3800 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

8. iPho by Saigon

704 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104-5339
Don’t let the name trick you; this University Ave restaurant packs a big punch when it comes to bánh mì. Saigon’s homemade French mayonnaise is a good enough reason to leave Minneapolis and head over to Saint Paul in and of itself, but there are also thirteen different bánh mì options to make the trip even more worthwhile. Pork-lovers should try the bánh mì sài gòn (Saigon specialty sandwich), which is stuffed full of red roast pork, pork loaf, grilled pork, and pâté.
704 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104-5339

9. Ha Tien Grocery Store

353 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103
If you walk into Ha Tien Grocery and walk out without getting a bánh mì to-go from their deli section, you have made a big mistake. This recently remodeled grocery and deli in Saint Paul’s Little Mekong District specializes in a bánh mì filled to the brim with barbecued red pork, herbs, vegetables, and special soy sauce. Ha Tien’s sandwiches are made-to-order, and while you wait you can chat up their über-friendly counter attendants or peruse their vast selection of Asian grocery items.
353 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103

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