Far from the Vietnamese enclave of Westminster, Rosemead's Mr. Baguette is something of a roadside stand for bánh mì. Its location—between the 60 and 10 freeways in a not-exactly-enviable part of San Gabriel Valley—makes a sandwich stop here something of an afterthought to commuting, but repeat detours are totally justified.
Mr. Baguette bakes baguettes on the hour, selling them for 99 cents a pop. Each one is exemplary, sporting a crackling, chewy crust, fluffy core, and a thrifty size that makes it the perfect vessel for any type of mid-afternoon sandwich. The "Classic Special" is everything a bánh mì should be. Fresh, flavorful cold cuts, a spot of pate, mildly pickled carrot, a smear of mayo, fresh cilantro, and that wonderful baguette make a satisfying snack (especially when accompanied by Vietnamese iced coffee).
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