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Saigon Baguette

There's a good chance you've heard about the little sandwich shop beneath the giant milk bottle on Classen Boulevard, just north of NW 23.
Dave Cathey Modified: March 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm •  Published: March 25, 2010
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her fillings include chicken and pork either barbecued, sliced, grilled or in meatball form. Not on the menu but available is an all-vegetable version. Around the corner at Super Cao Nguyen Market, banh mi is available at the deli. You can order one, shop, pay at the register and pick up your sandwich on the way out. The market also sells all the ingredients needed to make your own, including a homemade mayonnaise. Saigon Baguette and Super Cao Nguyen Market still are indebted to the French, literally. Saigon Baguette has bread delivered daily from the Buthion brother's La Baguette Bakery. Super Cao Nguyen bakes its own bread daily, but the dough is provided by La Baguette. One thing neither place offers is an abundance of seating. At Saigon Baguette, the front door is about three paces from the elevated register. On one side are four metal folding chairs; on the other are coolers full of ingredients, Asian and local soda pop and a chip rack. If you want to dine in, venture north on Classen to Lee's Sandwiches, an international banh mi chain based in Northern California. Lee's has its own bakery, much of which is visible to diners. Lee's also has a full-scale deli and an array of spring, egg and shrimp rolls. Lee's and Saigon Baguette have an aversion to credit cards; Lee's does have an ATM in the store. At Super Cao Nguyen, you can pay by credit card at the grocery checkout or by cash at the deli. Banh mi is fusion at its finest. It's proof that cultures clashing can be a good thing.
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