Banh mi is still a big trend food in Chicago, I think. I’m still seeing stores specializing in the sandwich opening up around town. Banh Mi & Co is a small chain with four locations around Chicago. Last month they opened one nearby Dallas’s office on Van Buren so I met him on a slow day for lunch to check it out.
We shared a big bowl of Traditional Vietnamese Pho (A combination of beef and chicken stock served with fresh rice noodles, accompanied with bean sprouts, cilantro, chives, white onion, basil, lime and jalapenos. Your choice of shredded chicken or beef brisket.) and each got a sandwich. Dallas got the Saigon Classic Special Sandwich (Ham, pate and pork rolls. Served with cucumber, pickled carrots and dikon, cilantro, jalapeno and mayo on a fresh baked baguette.) and I had the Vietnamese Meatball Sandwich (Steamed pork with tomato sauce. Served with cucumber, pickled carrots and dikon, cilantro, jalapeno and mayo on a fresh baked baguette.)
I thought all of our food was good. I liked the crispy freshness of the dikon, cilantro and pepper in contrast to the meatballs. And the prices on the sandwiches are very good – $5.85 each. Makes for a pretty affordable lunch option and something different than the run of the mill places. I wish one would open closer to my office!