Chipotle taught the nation how to say chipotle (or was that Jack in the Box?)--is bánh mì next to become a household term?
Writes Abbey Becker of Serious Eats:
The meatball banh mi was the best dish hands-down. Juicy, flavorful, incredibly crispy on the outside like an excellent falafel, with fresh herbs visibly mixed into the meat, the protein alone made this sandwich worth ordering. A spicy Sriracha mayo with a bit of lime juice gave the meatballs a spicy kick. The crunchiness of the green papaya slaw and nuttiness of the crushed peanuts topped with a pretty though unnecessary herb garnish, all tucked into a soft roll made for a perfectly balanced meal. While the bread seemed to overpower the sandwich when paired with other proteins, it seemed just right here.
The food isn't necessarily "authentic" (a thick, chewy banh mi roll made us wish we were at the Eden Center instead) but nicely-charred chicken, bright pickled papaya, and light, zesty sauces are far better than some of muted Asian offerings nearby.