A Banh mi is one of the best sandwiches in existence. Fortunately, in Seattle, you’re never more than a baguette’s throw - or a quick drive - away from a great one. Here are a few of our favorites that you can get right now. And please, don’t throw baguettes.
Yeh Yeh's Sandwiches
Want the best banh mi in town? For that, go to Yeh-Yeh’s in Lynnwood. While we’d jump over a series of fences Hot Fuzz-style for their grilled pork sandwich (where charred meat bits and salty marinade melt into the mayo-soaked bread) or the tender braised pork with pate, you also shouldn’t miss the flash-fried tofu banh mi that’s topped with a sweet and creamy dressing, crisp lettuce, and cracked black pepper. Really, you’re in good shape with any rubber-banded-baguette they place in your hands here.
Tang Food Mart & Deli
This convenience store in Georgetown serves a few different types of banh mi ranging from caramelized pork belly to sardine, but our favorite is the fish patty sandwich. Their tart pickled vegetables go together really nicely with the fried little seafood nuggets, and in addition to mayo, cilantro, and jalapeño, there’s a sweet chili glaze that ties everything together.
This International District institution has the best mayo of the bunch - perfectly creamy, well-seasoned, and they always seem to slather on the perfect amount to go with flavorful grilled pork and thick spears of cucumber. A banh mi and a Vietnamese iced coffee from Saigon Deli is one of the best combinations you get in the ID.
Not to be confused with the other Saigon Deli, this spot in the U-District is not related to its name twin in the ID. But their similarities lie in the fact that they both make delicious banh mi. There are only three choices here (BBQ pork, chicken, and tofu), but one thing is for sure - you should add on an egg for 75 cents.
This spot in the U-District has a secret weapon that really actually isn’t very much of a secret at all: their jalapeño cilantro aioli. If Sizzle & Crunch started selling this sauce by the bottle, we’d be first in line to buy. It’s tangy and herby with a slight kick, and it compliments their marinated meats and fresh bread effortlessly. Our go-to order here is a grilled beef sandwich, complete with a sunny side egg (and plenty of green aioli of course).
The plant-based meat substitute on Chu Minh’s BBQ “pork” banh mi is a very delicious and convincing stand-in for the real thing. Not only that, but this vegan Vietnamese deli has nine different faux meats to choose from, like “spicy lemongrass chicken” and “sesame beef.” Come here if you’re craving a meatless banh mi, but you also want lots of options.
Grabbing a steak banh mi and a Vietnamese iced coffee from this food truck parked at a gas station and hanging out by the Fremont Bridge is a great nice-weather activity. The steak here is thinly sliced, marinated with lemongrass, and served on a crusty baguette with a ton of crunchy cabbage. It’s quite ideal if you’re in the mood for beef, but Curbside’s grilled pork banh mi is also a fantastic choice.
Many banh mi spots in town are known for their barbecued pork. Saigon Vietnam Deli is no exception, but their roasted pork is even better than their grilled kind. Not to mention that their pickled daikon is one of the tangiest in the city, so we welcome this combination of tender, warm pork and a considerable amount of cold sourness with open arms.
Pane Pane isn’t a Vietnamese restaurant, so the teriyaki meatball is the only type of banh mi you’ll see here. But this sandwich is so incredible that it almost makes us cry every time we eat it. There’s something about the combination of a soft, sweet soy sauce-glazed meatball cut with spicy sriracha mayo and crunchy daikon on house-baked bread that has so many phenomenal layers of texture and flavor. The cucumber in this glorious creation is served two ways (both raw and quick-pickled), and it features preserved jalapeños instead of fresh ones.