Battle of the Banh Mi: Da Vang vs. Pho House
Shannon Armour Da Vang's banh mi
Ahhhh, the banh mi. Such a tasty and cheap little Vietnamese sandwich. Soft French bread filled with carrots, jalapeños, cilantro, and a delightful meat. It's one of our favorites, but we tend to overlook the little guys when we are at our favorite Vietnamese spots because, well, because there are just so many other awesome eats, like pho. (When was the last time you passed up a bowl of pho for a banh mi? Yep. That's what we thought).
But this week, we threw the pho to the wind in the name of battle, and we put Phoenix favorite Da Vang up against Vietnamese newcomer Pho House to see who has the better banh mi.
May the best sandwich win!
In this corner:
Shannon Armour Da Vang
4538 N. 19th Ave.
Longtime Phoenix (and New Times) favorite Da Vang has been serving up some of the best Vietnamese food in the Valley for more than 18 years. The family-owned restaurant is located in a dive-y strip mall on 19th Avenue that easily could be overlooked if one wasn't exactly sure where they were going. The interior is nothing to write home about -- just your typical traditional Vietnamese eatery -- and the service can be hit-and-miss. All are things we'll gladly look past for a bowl of Da Vang pho.
The good: Our barbecued pork Da Vang sandwich came neatly wrapped in white paper with a cute blue rubber band. The bread was light and crispy, and the carrots, jicama, and jalapeños were julienned just right. The meat was super- flavorful and it had the right amount of cilantro.
The bad: Where's the meat? Da Vang was a bit stingy with the meat. We would have loved to get even one more slice of sweet pork, but for $2.25, we can't complain too much.