Whether referred to as banh mi, Vietnamese sandwiches, or even Saigon subs, it’s easy to see why they have such a broad appeal: Crusty baguettes come filled with proteins like juicy pork, dressed with mayo and a swipe of pate, and garnished with cilantro, cucumbers spears, and pickled carrots and daikon. It’s an ultra-savory combo that sparks all the right taste receptors.
Along with pho, banh mi is one of the most widely available Vietnamese dishes throughout the United States. Portland, a city teeming with Vietnamese restaurants, has countless versions of the dish, spotted in abundance within East Portland and scattered throughout the rest of the metro area. Traditionally, these sandwiches have been found at Vietnamese bakeries making use of their fresh bread, but they’ve also become a popular item for modern interpretations, at more eclectic Vietnamese restaurants and Portland delis. This list includes a selection, from sandwiches stuffed with pork belly to versions that don’t include any animal products at all. For Vietnamese restaurants, generally, look no further than this map.
A number of Portland restaurants have resumed outdoor dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for onsite dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More