Wednesday, February 23, 2011


If you're down in the South Bay of Northern California and want to grab a quick bite for lunch, there isn't a better spot for a Banh Mi treat than the corners of Calaveras Blvd. and Abel in Milpitas. If you like the BBQ pork like I do, feel free to splurge. You'll likely have enough change tucked away in your ash tray and under your seats for a mini feast.

Lee's Sandwiches
279 W Calaveras Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035


Lee's features a French Baguette ($3.27, tax incl.) that's gives the sandwich some really good crunch and texture. They use a butter spread and the BBQ pork has a flavorful sweetness. The sandwich is topped off with onions, pickled daikon, carrots, cilantro, and jalapenos.

Huong Lan Sandwiches 4
Milpitas, CA 95035


Bread that's soft on the inside crunchy on the outside. They use a mayo based spread and are very generous with the jalapenos so ask for less peppers if you want to turn down the heat. Toppings: Pickled daikon, carrots, cilantro, jalapenos, and cucumber. ($2.50 tax incl.)

Dakao Sandwiches 2
72 S Abel St.
Milpitas, CA 95035


Dakao tends to be heavy handed on the onions, so get ready for a little punch. They were equally generous with the mayo spread which may have softened up the bread a bit more than I like. Toppings include onion, carrots, pickled daikon, cilantro, jalapeno, and cucumber. ($2.25, tax incl.)

The BBQ Pork Triple Threat

Top: Dakao Sandwiches 2
Middle: Huang Lan Sandwiches 4
Bottom: Lee's Sandwiches

I tend to make more frequent stops at Huang Lan Sandwiches 4. Mostly because I'm a sucker for the bread that has a good crunch on the crust and a fluffy lightness on the inside. When I'm in the mood for a bit more crunch I'll head across the street to Lee's for the buttered French baguette and the sweeter taste of the BBQ pork.

In 35 minutes I was able to drive to all three sandwich shops (yes, I drove. It's California), park, order, pick-up, and still make it back to the office to enjoy my Banh Mi feast. All for $8.02. In my book, that's good eats.

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