These Vietnamese-style sandwiches offer a break from the basic. Bánh mì are loaded with culturally inspired flavors, like lemongrass chicken topped with pickled carrots and daikon radishes, inside a warm, crusty baguette. Prepare to brush off the crumbs and hear some loud crunching at these spots both in Uptown's "Little Vietnam" off Argyle Street and beyond.

Ba Le in Uptown and Chinatown

This hand-held creation reigns supreme on many best bánh mì lists, and for good reason. Well-balanced flavors and fresh ingredients are inexpensive at both modern and bright quick-serve locations.

Cà Phê Đá in Pilsen

This community cafe is led by the team behind Haisous, the acclaimed Vietnamese kitchen right next door. During the day, stop by for Vietnamese coffee and freshly made bánh mì. Each is served with pickled papaya, Vietnamese herbs, cucumber, chili sauce, chicken pâté and your choice of protein (think roasted pork, chicken, grilled beef, or all three).

Nhu Lan Saigon Subs in Lincoln Square and Lakeview

Two options for dining: the colorful and new Belmont Avenue storefront or the original Lawrence Avenue institution. Regardless of location, both feature fresh bread from Nhu Lan bakery, rock-bottom prices and the oft-raved about Lemongrass Tofu option so it's a win-win. 

Del Seoul in Lincoln Park

Adding an Asian bbq spin on the traditional bánh mì, this fusion hotspot brings Korean-style flavors to the forefront including a Sesame-Chili Aioli and spicy Gochujang Marinade.

Bánh Mì BáGet in Lakeview and beyond

With six Chicago locations, there's no shortage of ways to get your bánh mì fix. Pair the signature sammie with either a hot soup or tasty drink, perhaps the Vietnamese iced coffee or lychee lemonade, for a filling meal that won't break the bank.

Saigon Sisters in the West Loop

A warm, industrial space at this full-service sit-down under the ‘L' is the offshoot of the ever-popular booth at the French Market in Ogilvie train station. Enjoy a simple sandwich, explore Vietnamese cuisine more fully with playful takes on the traditional or go global with their other upscale offerings.

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