The other day I stopped by for a quick lunch to go at the recently opened ND Banh Mi in Oceanside. Last year I worked down in Linda Vista for a while, where there are a lot of Vietnamese and other Asian places that I frequented for lunch. That’s where I first encountered bánh mì, the Vietnamese-with-French-influence sandwich served on a baguette roll. So I was delighted to learn that a bánh mì shop had opened in Oceanside at the corner of Oceanside Boulevard and College Ave.
The place is very small, with just waiting couches inside and only 3-4 tables outside to eat at. It is really more oriented as a to-go place, which was fine with me since I was on my way home from shopping nearby. It’s set up like a typical sub sandwich shop, with a glass prep area were you can watch your sandwich being made and kibbitz about toppings and such. (Anyone know the Vietnamese word for kibbitz?)
I ordered the #1 House Special sandwich, which came on a house-baked baguette roll with several kinds of pork: Roasted and sliced, a marinated style, ham, and some sort of pressed sandwich loaf that I don’t know the name of. It also had the traditional pork paté spread on the bottom, though it could have used a bit more of that in my opinion.
I got my sandwich with all the traditional toppings, which include pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, sliced jalapenos, and a smear of that delicious Asian style mayo. I assume they use Kewpie brand, or maybe they make their own, I didn’t think to ask. It’s a lot better than regular American mayo.
The sandwich was quite tasty and reasonably priced, and was plenty by itself for a filling lunch. I had heard there might be a bakery side of the place, but I didn’t see it. It might have had a different entrance, because the main sandwich area was small and I didn’t see anything on display for purchase, just the rack behind the sandwich station. I also ordered a couple of egg rolls that were okay but unremarkable. The strong, sweet iced Vietnamese coffee was delicious. I’ll definitely be returning here to try out more of the menu.
ND Banh Mi
4160 Oceanside Blvd Suite 169
Oceanside, CA 92056
Words and photos by Jason G