Quick Bites – ND Banh Mi Oceanside

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.

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The House Special sandwich. Super fresh toppings, just the right amount of meat.

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.

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The sandwiches are about 7″ long and were plenty filling for a lunch meal.

 

ND Banh Mi
4160 Oceanside Blvd Suite 169
Oceanside, CA 92056
(760) 726-4650

Words and photos by Jason G

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