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11 Big-Deal Banh Mi in Portland

Vietnamese sandwiches, from traditional to creative twists.

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Banh Mi Up

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8037 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 719-4288
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This St. Johns’ shop is an example of modern banh mi done right. What it might lack in terms of Cafe du Monde coffee cans and plastic-wrapped pandan treats at the counter is made up for in the meal-sized Vietnamese sandwiches on the menu. In addition to a handful of grilled meat and vegetarian options, the po’ boy-meets-banh mi mashup, stuffed with tempura shrimp, and a version featuring fried chicken katsu are both successful spins on the usual. Banh Mi Up is open for takeout, delivery, and has outdoor seating.

2. TM Banh Mi

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6812 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 257-3868
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Located on a quiet dead-end street past Pacific Supermarket, TM Banh Mi is a slightly unexpected location for Vietnamese sandwiches. The unassuming takeout spot does have the distinction of being Binh Minh’s Northeast sister location, though, so expect the same quality loaves and a similar selection of sandwiches, with the added bonus of curries and stews on the menu. Similar to Binh Minh, the banh mi are filled modestly to let the bread really shine. Takeout and delivery are available.

hand holding a cut banh mi
TM Banh Mi sandwich
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3. Lela's Bistro

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1524 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 719-4744
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Banh mi at Northwest’s Lela’s Bistro is a little pricier than those found along the 82nd Avenue corridor, but they come with a cup of pho, which is the perfect solution for anyone who’s been torn between ordering one or the other. Fluffy baguettes from Binh Minh are filled with items like fried tofu or traditional steamed pork, garnished with house-made aioli; however, the standout is the bulgogi beef with kimchi, a welcome cross-cultural twist. Lela’s is open for takeout and delivery.

banh mi cut in two in a takeout box
Lela’s bulgogi banh mi
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4. The House of Bánh Mì (The HOB)

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511 NE 76th Ave
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 254-7074
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If picking up, it’s hard to ignore the unmistakable scent of freshly baked bread while approaching this Montavilla shop. Those loaves are the foundation for The House of Bánh Mì’s substantial Vietnamese sandwiches, generously filled with sliced barbecue pork or even egg whites, with a healthy dose of what the restaurant refers to as “egg butter,” a creamy house-made condiment. Takeout and delivery is available.

banh mi atop a white and green checkered paper.
Grilled pork banh mi at The HOB
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5. Lotus Kitchen

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101 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97216
(971) 666-7149
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The bakery and deli counter near the front entrance of Montavilla’s Hong Phat supermarket isn’t just a great source for pandan waffles and roast meats by the pound, it also sells 10 varieties of banh mi, from the vegetarian bo chay with tofu and avocado to the all char siu sandwich, the xa xiu. Pro tip: there’s usually a selection of readymade sandwiches in the adjacent refrigerated case, if time is of the essence.

6. Cuốn

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600 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 224-0282
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This downtown shop is good to keep in mind if anyone finds themselves near Pioneer Square in need of a banh mi fix. Cuon prides itself on its grilled meats, which are allowed to shine in the banh mi filled with nem nuong a.k.a. pork meatballs and kalbi-style short ribs. Delivery and takeout is available.

7. Mama Dut

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1414 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 954-1222
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Leave it to Mama Dut, the Vietnamese pop-up turned brick-and-mortar that managed to create a standout mock pork belly, to up Portland’s meat-free banh mi game. Selections include a version showcasing battered-and-fried oyster and maitake mushrooms, as well as a chikn sandwich, using Quorn and a proprietary phish sauce made from mushrooms and seaweed. Both are bolstered with fermented carrots and eggless kimchi aioli. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery.

8. Bình Minh Sandwiches

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7821 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 777-2245

Practically hidden in a small cluster of nondescript storefronts, Binh Minh has consistently won high praise for its baguettes, Vietnamese sandwiches, and other baked goods like the pate chaud, puffed pastry stuffed with the rich pork liver spread. The sandwiches come on a skinny baguette and are more minimalist than some on this list. For the sake of variety, it’s worth it to try the tomato-sauced sardine banh mi that proves the merits of canned food. Binh Minh is open for delivery and takeout.

banh mi on a square plate
Binh Minh sandwich
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9. An Xuyên Bakery

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5345 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 788-0866
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For over 20 years, this Foster Road bakery has been producing flaky loaves of French bread, sold by Asian markets and used by cooks around the city. There’s no going wrong with the traditional combo of steamed ham, headcheese, and a generous swipe of spicy pate, often #1 on menus (here, it is #4), or branching out with a tuna salad sandwich, served banh mi-style. An Xuyen is open for takeout and delivery.

10. Best Baguette

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3635 SW Hall Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 626-2288
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Some say the westside Best Baguette is, well, the best, but nothing beats the novelty of ordering drive-thru banh mi at the original eastside location. Either way, this spot turns out classic examples of the form, including the popular grilled lemongrass pork, as well as a few offerings — one featuring fatty, soft-cooked bacon — that could be categorized as breakfast sandwiches. Best Baguette is open for takeout, delivery, and drive-thru.

11. Bon Baguette

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14622 SE Sunnyside Rd #14618
Clackamas, OR 97015
(503) 855-3495
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Happy Valley might not be the first place banh mi-seekers might turn, but this strip mall bakery produces the soft, crusty baguettes favored by Lotus Kitchen and the soon-to-open Lua, so it’s legit. Banh mi choices range from the traditional like sliced, steamed pork roll to rosemary chicken. Takeout and delivery are available.

1. Banh Mi Up

8037 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203

This St. Johns’ shop is an example of modern banh mi done right. What it might lack in terms of Cafe du Monde coffee cans and plastic-wrapped pandan treats at the counter is made up for in the meal-sized Vietnamese sandwiches on the menu. In addition to a handful of grilled meat and vegetarian options, the po’ boy-meets-banh mi mashup, stuffed with tempura shrimp, and a version featuring fried chicken katsu are both successful spins on the usual. Banh Mi Up is open for takeout, delivery, and has outdoor seating.

8037 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203

2. TM Banh Mi

6812 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97213
hand holding a cut banh mi
TM Banh Mi sandwich
Krista Garcia/EPDX

Located on a quiet dead-end street past Pacific Supermarket, TM Banh Mi is a slightly unexpected location for Vietnamese sandwiches. The unassuming takeout spot does have the distinction of being Binh Minh’s Northeast sister location, though, so expect the same quality loaves and a similar selection of sandwiches, with the added bonus of curries and stews on the menu. Similar to Binh Minh, the banh mi are filled modestly to let the bread really shine. Takeout and delivery are available.

6812 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97213

3. Lela's Bistro

1524 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
banh mi cut in two in a takeout box
Lela’s bulgogi banh mi
Krista Garcia/EPDX

Banh mi at Northwest’s Lela’s Bistro is a little pricier than those found along the 82nd Avenue corridor, but they come with a cup of pho, which is the perfect solution for anyone who’s been torn between ordering one or the other. Fluffy baguettes from Binh Minh are filled with items like fried tofu or traditional steamed pork, garnished with house-made aioli; however, the standout is the bulgogi beef with kimchi, a welcome cross-cultural twist. Lela’s is open for takeout and delivery.

1524 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

4. The House of Bánh Mì (The HOB)

511 NE 76th Ave, Portland, OR 97213
banh mi atop a white and green checkered paper.
Grilled pork banh mi at The HOB
Krista Garcia/EPDX

If picking up, it’s hard to ignore the unmistakable scent of freshly baked bread while approaching this Montavilla shop. Those loaves are the foundation for The House of Bánh Mì’s substantial Vietnamese sandwiches, generously filled with sliced barbecue pork or even egg whites, with a healthy dose of what the restaurant refers to as “egg butter,” a creamy house-made condiment. Takeout and delivery is available.

511 NE 76th Ave
Portland, OR 97213

5. Lotus Kitchen

101 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216

The bakery and deli counter near the front entrance of Montavilla’s Hong Phat supermarket isn’t just a great source for pandan waffles and roast meats by the pound, it also sells 10 varieties of banh mi, from the vegetarian bo chay with tofu and avocado to the all char siu sandwich, the xa xiu. Pro tip: there’s usually a selection of readymade sandwiches in the adjacent refrigerated case, if time is of the essence.

101 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97216

6. Cuốn

600 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

This downtown shop is good to keep in mind if anyone finds themselves near Pioneer Square in need of a banh mi fix. Cuon prides itself on its grilled meats, which are allowed to shine in the banh mi filled with nem nuong a.k.a. pork meatballs and kalbi-style short ribs. Delivery and takeout is available.

600 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204

7. Mama Dut

1414 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Leave it to Mama Dut, the Vietnamese pop-up turned brick-and-mortar that managed to create a standout mock pork belly, to up Portland’s meat-free banh mi game. Selections include a version showcasing battered-and-fried oyster and maitake mushrooms, as well as a chikn sandwich, using Quorn and a proprietary phish sauce made from mushrooms and seaweed. Both are bolstered with fermented carrots and eggless kimchi aioli. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery.

1414 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

8. Bình Minh Sandwiches

7821 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
banh mi on a square plate
Binh Minh sandwich
Krista Garcia/EPDX

Practically hidden in a small cluster of nondescript storefronts, Binh Minh has consistently won high praise for its baguettes, Vietnamese sandwiches, and other baked goods like the pate chaud, puffed pastry stuffed with the rich pork liver spread. The sandwiches come on a skinny baguette and are more minimalist than some on this list. For the sake of variety, it’s worth it to try the tomato-sauced sardine banh mi that proves the merits of canned food. Binh Minh is open for delivery and takeout.

7821 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97206

9. An Xuyên Bakery

5345 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

For over 20 years, this Foster Road bakery has been producing flaky loaves of French bread, sold by Asian markets and used by cooks around the city. There’s no going wrong with the traditional combo of steamed ham, headcheese, and a generous swipe of spicy pate, often #1 on menus (here, it is #4), or branching out with a tuna salad sandwich, served banh mi-style. An Xuyen is open for takeout and delivery.

5345 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

10. Best Baguette

3635 SW Hall Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005

Some say the westside Best Baguette is, well, the best, but nothing beats the novelty of ordering drive-thru banh mi at the original eastside location. Either way, this spot turns out classic examples of the form, including the popular grilled lemongrass pork, as well as a few offerings — one featuring fatty, soft-cooked bacon — that could be categorized as breakfast sandwiches. Best Baguette is open for takeout, delivery, and drive-thru.

3635 SW Hall Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005

11. Bon Baguette

14622 SE Sunnyside Rd #14618, Clackamas, OR 97015

Happy Valley might not be the first place banh mi-seekers might turn, but this strip mall bakery produces the soft, crusty baguettes favored by Lotus Kitchen and the soon-to-open Lua, so it’s legit. Banh mi choices range from the traditional like sliced, steamed pork roll to rosemary chicken. Takeout and delivery are available.

14622 SE Sunnyside Rd #14618
Clackamas, OR 97015

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