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A Sandwich a Day: Bánh Mì from Seattle Roll Bakery in Seattle, WA
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The Vietnamese sandwich is to Seattle what the dirty water hot dog is to New York; or the street taco is to Los Angeles. It's a quick cheap meal, but often a crapshoot on quality depending on where you go.
You won't have to worry at Seattle Roll Bakery where you'll find some of the best bánh mì in the city. Their "special" has three different kinds of pork product (Vietnamese ham, white ham, roast pork), a healthy splash of mayonnaise, plenty of pickled vegetables, enough jalapeños to wake up a few napping taste buds, and a rare find of top-notch bread. Most Seattle bánh mì shops receive bread orders early in the morning and serve the same batch all day. But Seattle Roll Bakery actually bakes that bread for other shops, so they're serving fresh bread all day.
They don't serve much else: Vietnamese Coffee and bubble tea, but at $2.50 a sandwich, you can always get a second one if you're still hungry. Seating is non-existent and the shop is cash only..
Seattle Roll Bakery
9828 16th Avenue Southwest, Seattle WA 98106 (map)
About the author: Naomi Bishop is a Seattle based food writer and marketer. Find more of her musings on her food blog, TheGastroGnome, where she claims that being a GastroGnome is not about sitting idly on the front lawn of culinary cottages. You can also follow her explorations of cooking and culture around the world at @GastroGnome.