Bánh Mì goodness in Rosemead.
Ahhhh. Bánh Mì.
If you’ve read any part of this blog, I think my devotion to these little porky gems is both clear and abiding.
Still, do you think it’s necessary for me to try every single Bánh Mì restaurant in Los Angeles.
Well, sure…if I can.
So, now that we got that out of the way. It’s on to my next task, finding more Bánh Mì joints to try out. Now, I find myself at Mr. Baguette.
I think I’ve written before that a lot of Bánh Mì places are not…obvious. It’s not like they all have “Bánh Mì” in their names. There are exceptions of course…and for the most part, I’ve already been to them. So I want more. Where do I go?
Well even though I love ‘em, Bánh Mì is not a high end item, and like with Bánh Mì & Cali Che, or Ba Le, or even the remarkable Bánh Mì My Tho the places that sell them are repurposed from convenience stores of the past, or restaurants long gone.
There was something else in the Mr. Baguette locale I’d been too before. Probably a big Coffee Shop or Full-service Family restaurant.
But now they’re all about the Bánh Mì. Let’s rock.
It’s quiet inside, at least it was when I was there. It’s a huge counter. I mean huge, stretching the length of the restaurant. In back. A crew works making bread, Vietnamese bakery goods and other treats. The mood is mellow. Folks kicking back with a cup of coffee, reading Vietnamese language newspapers.
But I’m all about the sandwich.
The place is simple enough to work. Step up to the counter and order up. After that, wait for a couple of minutes as your sandwich is prepared. Sit. Eat. Enjoy.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: The Grilled Pork is what I nabbed. It was really good, through not lip smackingly hot and fresh pieces of Grilled Pork, on good bread (which is what I think Mr. Baguette concentrates on), with a very light smear of Mayo, actually you can barely taste the mayo. And the usual suspects, carrot, cilantro, some peppers.
The Bánh Mì are not the best in town, by any means, but they’re not bad either. Is there such a thing as a bad Bánh Mì? No. The Grilled Pork was okay, but that explosion of flavors I’m used to, that wonderful melange of Jalapeños, Daikon Radish, Carrots, Mint Leaves and Mayo…not there, at least…not with as much punch as I’d get a Golden Deli (my favorite Bánh Mì, ever). Still the bread was good, and it’s not like I’d give back that sandwich ever. So, overall not bad. Pretty good even.
And since they don’t do sodas, I rolled with one of their Strawberry Smoothies. Actually pretty damn good, better than the sandwich, and I liked the Sandwich. I’d do this again.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: No sodas here. Just Fruit Smoothies for your beverage. Not a bad way to go, and you’ll still only be out ten bucks. Other than that…
PARKING: Plentiful and free. This Mr. Baguette is a pretty large restaurant, so it has an equally large parking lot. Failing that, you can look to Valley Blvd. or Gernert Ave. to the right of the restaurant.
8702 Valley Blvd.
Rosemead, CA 91770
Tel: (626) 288-9166
Daily: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm