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The Best Banh Mi in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 3, 2013

banh mi sandwich torontoThe 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.

See also:

The Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Sandwiches in Toronto
The Best Pho in Toronto

Banh Mi Boys

Banh Mi Boys

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 »

Rose's Vietnamese Sandwiches

Rose's Vietnamese Sandwiches

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 »

Banh Mi Nguyen Huong Co.

Banh Mi Nguyen Huong Co.

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 »

Banh Mi Ba Le

Banh Mi Ba Le

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 »

This End Up

This End Up

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 »

Thomas Lavers Cannery & Delicatessen

Thomas Lavers Cannery & Delicatessen

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 »

Banh Mi Que Huong

Banh Mi Que Huong

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 »

Tung Hing Bakery

Tung Hing Bakery

With five GTA locations and one in Vancouver, B.C. this bakery is known for serving up three dollar banh mi on distinctly fresh, house baked baguettes. Sandwiches are loaded with pate, meats, sauce, turnip/carrot slaw and fresh sprigs of coriander - chillies are optional. More »

Discussion

19 Comments

Gulp / July 3, 2013 at 04:26 pm
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Cool, I'll have to check out some of these spots. Le's Sandwich on College has been my weekly destination for Banh Mi. Their stinky spicy sardine sandwich is the signature sub to try.
lol / July 3, 2013 at 05:13 pm
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My secret spot is Huy Ky Food Inc at 1046 gerrard best ive had in the city for under 3 bucks!
oph / July 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm
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That plaza on Weston is killer. It has the aforementioned Que Hong and the best location of the Pho Dau Bo mini chain. On top of all that deliciousness, it's only a short walk from the Plaza Latina food court on Milvan.
Mona / July 4, 2013 at 06:14 pm
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Banh Mi Nguyen Huong since I could REMEMBER. Like 20 years ago. It may be a little frazzling walking in, with older ladies working behind the counter and shouting at you for an order, but the meaner the banh mi ladies, the better it tastes.

The location in Markham (Steeles/Middlefield) is so clean you wouldn't know they're the same brand.

Also, we now that's where Banh Mi boys came from right? Mama taught them well.
TK / July 10, 2013 at 03:17 pm
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I use to live in Montreal and everytime we come down to Toronto, we will stop by Banh Mi Nguyen Huong before heading back home and buy a whole bunch of banh mi for the road and to bring back to family and friends. They are the best! In case you didn't know, they are also the bread provider to all of the other banh mi place around town.
george / July 16, 2013 at 10:19 pm
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I luv Banh Mi / July 31, 2013 at 04:58 pm
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Banh Mi Nhu Lan is better than all of these places it should be first on here
willam / October 13, 2013 at 11:41 pm
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Bsnh mi Nguyet minh at china town Missauga la ngon nhat neu ko tin thi ban nen den do de coi tui noi co dung ko. Thank you.
Folie / December 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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Banh Mi Boys is good, but I don't think it deserves the title of best Banh Mi in TO.
David / January 2, 2014 at 05:58 pm
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Kudos to bahn me boys for having success with sub's but the one I had was a pale comparison to Banh Mi Nguyen Huong. Far better to my tastes. When I can tolerate the heat a spicey meatball sub there is wonder. And only $2. TWO DOLLARS! Crazy!
Evan / February 6, 2014 at 10:16 am
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I haven't seen the banh mi on the menu at This End Up for a long long time, and it isn't on there now. I wish I could have one though... is it off menu or something?
Robin / February 24, 2014 at 07:04 pm
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Banh Mi & Che Cali has closed it's doors unfortunately. Luckily Banh Mi Nguyen Huong Co. is just a few doors down.
Elissa / February 24, 2014 at 07:16 pm
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Best bahn mi at the junction flea last summer from feasTO, don't think it's a restaurant tho
handk / February 24, 2014 at 07:17 pm
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The person who owns banh mi boys is the son of the people who own banh mi Nguyen huong
Adam replying to a comment from Evan / February 24, 2014 at 07:24 pm
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Hey Evan, the pork belly banh mi hasn't been on our menu for a while, but we have a new special that we're really happy with, and, with a few minor tweaks, we think it'll make it onto our menu! Come in and try out Pulled Pork Rendang Banh Mi, and tell us what you think! Cheers, Adam
Derek / February 24, 2014 at 08:26 pm
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I used to live in Calgary, and Banh Mi Thi Thi Vietnamese Subs at 209 1st St SE were the best. The chicken sate was sublime. Does anyone know that place? Are any of these sandwiches similar?
chris james / February 25, 2014 at 10:38 am
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haha you even got that little viet shop up in Weston and Finch area???

Good work on expanding your scope
Colin Smillie / April 9, 2014 at 09:22 am
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This End Up has the Banh Mi on the menu, I had it on the weekend. I think they also list it as "Pulled Pork Banh Mi" sometimes but it's still awesome...
Jeff / June 6, 2014 at 01:10 am
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This is what happens when you have someone with no Asian cuisine experiences review Asian restaurants. I can't tell you how many times I was disappointed going to a Asian restaurant that was rated top notch by your site or yelp or foursquare. Sprinkle some MSG in your food or serve you bland food but plated the dishes that look nice enough for you instagram it and you will eat it up!

YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS!? Banh Mi Boys!? How much did they pay you to put them #1 or is it that you have no taste? Just because they can sucker you into paying 5-8 dollar garbage doesn't mean its good or that you should!

Why is Tung Hing Bakery (GTA East Chinatown) even on this list that place is garbage!

The only place I can vouch for is Banh Mi Nguyen Huong Co. (Spadina and Dundas) consider I haven't been to the other places yet.

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