Best Of 2018

Best Value Banh Mi Lunch Spot: Le’s Pho & Sandwiches

Best Value Banh Mi Lunch Spot
click to enlarge HAILEY BOLLINGER
Hailey Bollinger

Primarily catering to the lunch rush of nearby courthouse and office workers, Le’s Pho & Sandwiches is tragically overlooked by many due to its minimalistic façade and restrictive hours. The restaurant’s titular noodle soup is always served hot, refreshing yet comforting, but the banh mi is the true gem of the small, family-run establishment. The allure of the sandwich comes from the marriage of savory and salty in the filling, with the crisp cleanliness of fresh cilantro and jalapeño alongside the crunch of pickled vegetables inside a fluffy yet crusty French baguette. The protein options for the sandwich range from grilled beef, pork and chicken to tofu and a pork paté mixture called dac biet — all of which are quite accessible, even to newcomers to the banh mi game. No better deal in the city, this is a legitimately satisfying lunch date that usually runs less than $15. Le’s Pho & Sandwiches, 3 E. Court St., Downtown, 513-721-9700 and searchable on Facebook.