One of my favorite restaurants, now long gone, was where, when I last worked in a lab, our checker in of samples person (later to get a phD in biochem from CalTech), told us about her parents' favorite restaurant. The family were from Vietnam not too long before, let me guess this was in '78. Anyway, J and I became pals of the cook (his mother taught him, he used to manage a factory earlier in life) at a place in Chinatown, LA. He later opened his own place (even more a favorite than the first place) in Hollywood and we became pals. Some of the best food I've ever had, bar none.
Banh mi, I don't know much; I've had it once in Abq, and there was too much bread to the other contents, for me. I did like the other contents, so it wasn't all bad.
To drive myself batty with nostalgia and current inaccessability, I'll include a recent article of favorite banh mi places in LA, on the low cost side.
Lots of photos..
I won't pick one to show, I want to try them all.
Also, I might want to remember that website, new to my flog bookmark list. Flog as in food blog, to separate those from blog blogs.
One of these days, I'll start a book mark for plogs (political).