We tried every sandwich on the menu, as evidenced by the complete lack of real estate on our table.
Shrimp Cake Sandwich ($3.95)
The pressed patty of shrimp cake is often served on traditional broken rice platter in Vietnamese cuisine, but it's a rare (and welcome) savory filling in a Vietnamese sandwich. It has great texture and strong shrimp flavor. It's a little saltier than the other banh mis, in a good way. I like to order it with fried eggs.
Shredded Chicken Sandwich ($3.25)
We could take or leave the shredded chicken sandwich. I guess if you're very attached to white chicken meat, this would be your choice, but the filling was mild and unremarkable compared to other sandwich options.
Pork Cold Cut Sandwich ($2.95)
Lynda Sandwich offers four types of pork sandwiches and we were surprised at how distinct each one was. The cold cut was the Vietnamese equivalent of porchetta, and came with pâté; it was one of the favorites. The thick slices of pork were dense and roasted, and the texture of the chewy slices juxtaposed nicely with the smooth pâté.
Pork Roll Sandwich ($2.95)
The pork roll was also one of the blander versions we tried. It had a bouncy texture and mild pork flavor, but it had no real distinguishing features. Pass.
Lynda Special Sandwich ($3.75)
The Lynda Special is the equivalent of a Vietnamese club sandwich. It comes with shredded chicken, pork and pâté. Despite this impressive combination of meats, we weren't as fond of the Lynda Special as we were of the others.
Grilled Pork Sandwich ($3.25)
The charsiu-style grilled pork sandwich is one of the better pork sandwiches on offer. The meat is compact and flavorful with hints of anise, peppercorn, soy, and ginger.
Vegetarian Sandwich ($3.55)
Zach, a proud meat-eater, called this "the best vegetarian banh mi I've ever had." So yes, you can bring your vegetarian friends. Along with the fresh vegetables and herbs that come with every sandwich, Lynda's vegetarian filling includes slivers of flavorful tofu. It was a surprising favorite.
Grilled Beef Sandwich ($3.55)
The grilled beef sandwich is more like a Vietnamese meatloaf. The grilled beef patty is scented with lemongrass and has a caramel sweetness. This was one of the hits of our visit.
Fish Cake Sandwich ($3.95)
The consensus is that they don't hold back on the fish flavor in the fish cake sandwich. The fish cake itself was nicely salted and had a soft give. If you're fond of fishiness, then you'll enjoy this sandwich. Votes were evenly split on this one.
Egg & Chinese Sausage Sandwich ($3.95)
Ganda felt it was hard to get "the perfect bite" with the Chinese sausage moving around in this one. But in my opinion, the egg and Chinese sausage combo is one of the best choices. The eggs are warm and fluffy, and the Chinese sausage is sweet, savory, and chewy. With some Sriracha sauce drizzled on top, this is my idea of a heavenly breakfast banh mi.
Chicken Sausage Sandwich ($3.95)
Again, this so-called "sausage" is more like a chicken meatloaf or patty, but it was still one of our favorites. The soft give of the chicken sausage worked well with the crispy baguette and vegetable fillings. It was another surprise hit.
BBQ Pork Sandwich ($2.95)
The BBQ pork is what I consider the classic banh mi sandwich. It's a no-frills choice, but usually a strong contender. The savory, chunky pork in Lynda's version is nicely complemented by the house made daikon and carrot pickles and fresh herbs. You can differentiate Lynda's from other banh mi places by the generous meat to filling ratio evidenced by this sandwich.