Another shameful secret comes out here, folks - I've never had a bánh mì. I'll give you a moment to digest (see what I did there?!) that information. I've heard so many wax rhapsodic on this French-influenced Vietnamese staple, and have seen upscale versions offered at nice restaurants across the country, yet I've never actually eaten one. Because they are rock star foodie adventurers, when D & J heard this shocking disclosure on Saturday, they insisted on taking me to Bánh Mì DC Sandwich in Falls Chuch, despite our still full stomachs from lunch at China Star.
Bánh Mì DC Sandwich is half Vietnamese deli, half Asian food store. I desperately need one of these in my neighborhood. I wanted to leave with a couple of bags of foodstuffs, but I was about to Metro it to Clarendon to hang out at Northside Social for a few before meeting with friends for a third food outing. So I attempted to close my eyes to all the wonders for sale around me and focus on the massive menu of bánh mì variations offered.
J vouched for the vast majority of the menu items, but I decided to keep it simple for my first go at a new food, going with the grilled pork bánh mì. I didn't tear into it right away, but waited until I had wriggled my lunch into a more accommodating place in my stomach and had perched on a bench in Clarendon before trying my sandwich.
In a word, the sandwich was magnificent. I don't know whether to be grateful or angry that J & D introduced me to this wonder, because it's all I've craved for lunch for the past week. The perfectly crusty bagette was slightly hollowed out (leaving only my favorite part of the bread!) to make room for the delightfully tangy and crunchy pickled carrots, daikon, bell peppers and cucumber, the fresh cilantro, and the slightly sweet and smokey grilled pork. I had meant to take only a few bites and save the rest for later, but I annihilated my bánh mì. If I had a car, I'd be heading out to Bánh Mì DC Sandwich every weekend. Somebody PLEASE tell me you can get a comparable bánh mì in the District...