The Best Banh Mi in Toronto
The best banh mi in Toronto might be one of freshest and cheapest fast food options out there. The hybrid submarine sandwich is the product of French colonial influence on Vietnam and fits right in with Toronto's cross-cultural culinary scene.
While not a new import to the city (some shops on this list are 25+ years old), the sandwich has seen a recent surge in popularity thanks to a collective new-found interest in global street foods...not to mention they're incredibly delicious and can somehow still be found for under $3 a sandwich.
Here's the list of the best banh mi in Toronto.
Now with two locations, this sandwich shop is so popular that line-ups are a given (they move fast). Here, banh mi are made to order in five options like beef cheek or lemongrass chicken ($5-6) and garnished with cucumber, pickled carrots, cilantro and mayo. While the namesake sammie is good, I happen to like their cross-cultural tacos and kimchi fries even better. More »
This Vietnamese deli on Gerrard offers excellent value for freshly-made banh mi takeaway. Here, sandwiches are assembled at the lunch counter from a selection of cold cuts, pate, sausage or grilled meats all priced under $3. More »
Nguyen Huong Co. was born in the ‘80s, long before banh mi was a popular food trend in Toronto. Now the chain boasts five locations around the GTA offering a dozen varieties of made to order Vietnamese sandwiches stacked with assorted deli meats, shredded pork skin or lemongrass sausages. More »
Another bargain banh mi shop that offers a choice of 10 different sandwiches for only $3-$3.50 each. Along with the popular cold cut and BBQ pork varieties, more interesting options include meat loaf and pork tripe loaded alog with shredded pickled veg onto footlong baguettes. More »
Situated on Spadina next door to rival shop Nguyen Huong, this Vietnamese deli with seating tends to polarize people into picking favourites. For about $2 it's easy to fill up on a crusty Vietnamese sandwich, though I'd recommend saving room for desserts which are arguably the house specialty. More »
The version of the iconic Saigon sandwich is priced a little steeper than most at $12, though it comes with fries or salad. Stacked with thick slabs of cured, hickory smoked pork belly, house made kimchi slaw, cilantro and jalapeno mayo it's a crave worthy late-night option when bar crawling along DuWest. More »
This Kensington market deli doesn’t specialize in vietnamese sandwiches, but its vegan banh mi ($7) ranks high for boasting all house made condiments. Here, mushroom walnut pate is spread over a fresh roll then stacked with BBQ pork seitan, kimchi jam, pickled daikon and carrot, cilantro and vegan wasabi mayo. More »
This tiny, suburban banh mi shop on Finch near Weston does Vietnamese subs over a dozen different ways for only $2. Choose from sandwiches stacked with BBQ pork or satay meats and dressed with sliced cucumbers, carrots and cillantro. Order smart and have them five at a time to get one free. More »