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Shake Up the Sandwich Rotation with These Banh Mi Sandwiches

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The Vietnamese bahn mi sandwich is a master class in texture. At different bites, the sandwich can deliver a crunchy, pickled, or satisfyingly fatty taste. The sandwich is traditionally constructed out of a French baguette (introduced to Vietnam during the French colonial period), with pickled daikon and carrots, cucumber, jalapeño, sometimes mayonnaise, butter or soy sauce, and various main fillings (pork belly is a popular option, as well as pate).

There's good news for the bahn mi enthusiast: Now that the sandwich is increasingly popular in the D.C. area, bahn mi production is ramping up like never before. This map largely focuses largely on traditional versions, but there are plenty of other spins out there, like a vegetarian offering at Tryst. Of note: another Eden Center favorite, Banh Ta Deli, is currently closed for renovations, but has plans to reopen soon.

While some restaurants may be in the city and others in the suburbs, they all share a common emphasis on the popular, and usually affordable, sandwich. Here are several standout bahn mi sandwiches to try now.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. RollPlay

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8150 Leesburg Pike Ste 100
Vienna, VA 22182
Roll Play rolls out the red carpet treatment for bahn mi in a big way. Venture to Tysons Corner for a chance to design a custom sandwich.

2. Banh Mi DC Sandwich

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3103 Graham Rd #C
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 205-9300
This casual Northern Virginia spot is devoted to bahn mi, and one of the area's top destinations for the dish. Find them with tofu, pork, chicken and everything in between. They're also reasonably-priced, at $4-6 each — buy five and get one free.

3. Maketto

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1351 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 838-9972
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Maketto on H Street offers a Cambodian num pang on its weekday (and Saturday) lunch menu. The sandwich is a Cambodian take on the Vietnamese classic with grilled marinated pork and all the toppings.

4. Chase the Submarine

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132 Church St NW
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 865-7829
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This Vienna-based sandwich shop from chef Tim Ma serves a “belly bahn mi” with Virginia ham and braised pork belly.

5. Simply Banh Mi

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1624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-5726
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When bread runs out for the day at this Georgetown sandwich shop, banh mi is no longer an option. But when it's available, find halal, vegan, and gluten-free options here.

6. Sprig & Sprout

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2317 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-2569
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Build a custom bahn mi at this Vietnamese-American spot near the Naval Observatory.

7. Caphe Banh Mi

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407 Cameron St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-0800
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This Old Town Alexandria spot serves bahn mi made with everything from pork to catfish to the “sloppy viet” with red curry ground beef.

8. Phonation

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The Phonation food truck offers not only your typical bahn mi options, but also a unique “burrito-bahn mi” version. Be sure to check Twitter for the truck’s location.

9. Mì La Cay

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2407-2409 University Blvd W
Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 929-2822
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This popular Vietnamese restaurant in Wheaton serves bahn mi alongside a host of other traditional dishes. Fillings include cold cuts, tofu, grilled beef, and more.

10. Ba Le Bakery & Deli

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2822 Graham Rd
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 876-9062
Craving bahn mi at an odd hour? This Falls Church destination for banh mi, with fillings like pork and shrimp balls, is open 24 hours.

11. Pho Nom Nom

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842 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 610-0232
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Pho Nom Nom has an extensive bahn mi menu with filling options ranging from pork to chicken to shrimp.

12. Nhu Lan Sandwich

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6763 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 532-9009
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Eden Center favorite Song Long may have recently closed, but a host of bahn mi options are available just around the corner at this family-owned spot. Sour pork, meatball, shredded pork, and additional fillings are available for just $4.

13. Banh Mi So 1

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6799-3 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 534-1950
There’s a healthy debate over which Eden Center shop serves the best bahn mi. Try them all, including the to-go options at Bahn Mi So 1, before weighing in. Find fillings like pate, grilled pork, and meatball (they also offer a buy 5, get one free deal).

14. Huong Binh Bakery & Deli

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6781 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 237-9228
Banh mi sandwiches here at this longtime Eden Center fixture are priced as low as $2.50. Fillings range from meatball and pork to grilled chicken and vegetarian.

15. Pho 14 (Multiple Locations)

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1769 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 986-2288
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This banh mi destination in D.C. proper offers fillings such as Vietnamese bologna, fried egg, and barbecued pork. Sandwiches are $5.49, or $10.99 for a platter with appetizers and soup.

1. RollPlay

8150 Leesburg Pike Ste 100, Vienna, VA 22182
Roll Play rolls out the red carpet treatment for bahn mi in a big way. Venture to Tysons Corner for a chance to design a custom sandwich.
8150 Leesburg Pike Ste 100
Vienna, VA 22182

2. Banh Mi DC Sandwich

3103 Graham Rd #C, Falls Church, VA 22042
This casual Northern Virginia spot is devoted to bahn mi, and one of the area's top destinations for the dish. Find them with tofu, pork, chicken and everything in between. They're also reasonably-priced, at $4-6 each — buy five and get one free.
3103 Graham Rd #C
Falls Church, VA 22042

3. Maketto

1351 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Maketto on H Street offers a Cambodian num pang on its weekday (and Saturday) lunch menu. The sandwich is a Cambodian take on the Vietnamese classic with grilled marinated pork and all the toppings.
1351 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

4. Chase the Submarine

132 Church St NW, Vienna, VA 22180
This Vienna-based sandwich shop from chef Tim Ma serves a “belly bahn mi” with Virginia ham and braised pork belly.
132 Church St NW
Vienna, VA 22180

5. Simply Banh Mi

1624 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
When bread runs out for the day at this Georgetown sandwich shop, banh mi is no longer an option. But when it's available, find halal, vegan, and gluten-free options here.
1624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

6. Sprig & Sprout

2317 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Build a custom bahn mi at this Vietnamese-American spot near the Naval Observatory.
2317 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

7. Caphe Banh Mi

407 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314
This Old Town Alexandria spot serves bahn mi made with everything from pork to catfish to the “sloppy viet” with red curry ground beef.
407 Cameron St
Alexandria, VA 22314

8. Phonation

Washington, D.C. 20006
The Phonation food truck offers not only your typical bahn mi options, but also a unique “burrito-bahn mi” version. Be sure to check Twitter for the truck’s location.

9. Mì La Cay

2407-2409 University Blvd W, Wheaton, MD 20902
This popular Vietnamese restaurant in Wheaton serves bahn mi alongside a host of other traditional dishes. Fillings include cold cuts, tofu, grilled beef, and more.
2407-2409 University Blvd W
Wheaton, MD 20902

10. Ba Le Bakery & Deli

2822 Graham Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042
Craving bahn mi at an odd hour? This Falls Church destination for banh mi, with fillings like pork and shrimp balls, is open 24 hours.
2822 Graham Rd
Falls Church, VA 22042

11. Pho Nom Nom

842 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, Rockville, MD 20852
Pho Nom Nom has an extensive bahn mi menu with filling options ranging from pork to chicken to shrimp.
842 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Rockville, MD 20852

12. Nhu Lan Sandwich

6763 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044
Eden Center favorite Song Long may have recently closed, but a host of bahn mi options are available just around the corner at this family-owned spot. Sour pork, meatball, shredded pork, and additional fillings are available for just $4.
6763 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044

13. Banh Mi So 1

6799-3 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044
There’s a healthy debate over which Eden Center shop serves the best bahn mi. Try them all, including the to-go options at Bahn Mi So 1, before weighing in. Find fillings like pate, grilled pork, and meatball (they also offer a buy 5, get one free deal).
6799-3 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044

14. Huong Binh Bakery & Deli

6781 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044
Banh mi sandwiches here at this longtime Eden Center fixture are priced as low as $2.50. Fillings range from meatball and pork to grilled chicken and vegetarian.
6781 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044

15. Pho 14 (Multiple Locations)

1769 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
This banh mi destination in D.C. proper offers fillings such as Vietnamese bologna, fried egg, and barbecued pork. Sandwiches are $5.49, or $10.99 for a platter with appetizers and soup.
1769 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

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