The Bar, The Royal Livingstone Hotel, Livingstone, Zambia
Portbelly Sandwich Shop, Dulles International Airport, Washington D.C.
Mission City Cafe, Sunnyvale, CA
Costeaux French Bakery, Healdsbury, CA
Smoked Duck Sandwich
Patio Coffee Shop, San Mateo, CA
Kim’s Sandwich, San Jose, CA
Huong Lan, San Jose, CA
The banh mi here is still excellent but somehow no longer as spectacular as I remember. The baguette was not beautifully crispy this time. The pickled vegetable was almost not sour enough. I had a roasted pork banh mi and I found the meat tasted rather sweet.
While the banh mi failed to truly impress, the pre-packaged to-go items were amazing as always. I had some freshly prepared Banh Bot Loc and Banh it that were totally fantastic.
Mexico Bakery, San Jose, CA
You will understand once you tried their torta. There are so many variations to choose from. But really. Just any one would do. If you have no idea what their Mexican torta looks like, think of it as a glorified version of a burger with the boring patty replaced with 5-6 different kinds of proteins, and the tasteless lettuce replaced by 3-4 kinds of veggies. Yes, it is humongous. So… Very… Satisfying.
Phat Tri, San Jose, CA
Less than 6 bucks for a 2 feet long sandwich.
Seriously. I though they gave me someone else order when I pick up the paper bag loaded with two (longer than subway) foot long. These aren’t even skinny like Lee’s.
The #1 special banh mi is a kitchen sink with almost everything they offer. I like it. The bread - crisp. The pickles - flavorful. The pate and meat - tasty.
Cheap and fulfilling. I really can’t complain.
Store is cash only. Make sure you have enough in case you want to pick up some French imported goodies or cooked food as well.
Cafe Legato, San Jose, CA
There are two things that will bring me back to Cafe Legato - Coffee and Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
The coffee is good. Smooth texture. Strong aroma. Well balanced aftertaste. You won’t be disappointed even if you are the most serious kind of coffee drinkers (although I can’t guarantee you will be wowed).
Their grilled cheese sandwich is a little piece of joy. Simple and tasty. I had their veggie variety and enjoyed every bite of it.
Panini and other pastries were alright but didn’t leave a strong impression.
The classical music theme of the cafe is really charming but I wish they actually play real classical music instead of pop songs. The atmosphere is great though. It is a warm, friendly and welcoming place.
Caffe Sapore, San Francisco, CA
Caffe Sapore is your friendly neighborhood cafe that serves up some decent sandwiches. The coffee though, was a slight disappointment. The brewed coffee tasted awfully sour. The cappuccino lacked brightness. The only saving grace was the extra thick foam.
I did rather enjoy their focaccia sandwiches, especially the Cortina. It was made with smoked salmon, avocado, capers, lemon juice and olive oil. Ingredients were clean and simple and it just tasted wonderful. Kool Guy was decent for a vegetarian sandwich although I found the mustard a bit too strong for me to handle.
Not a bad place to grab a quick breakfast but I really expect the coffee to be better. Much better.
Fresh U Order Bakery, Sunnyvale, CA
With Fresh U next door, I don’t see why anyone would ever frequent the neighboring Subway. Well… Unless you really crave a sandwich in late afternoon or cold rock hard subs are your thing.
Each sandwich is made to order and always come out hot. Bread is fresh and ingredients are tasty. Their breakfast eggwich (available all day) is my favorite - fluffy egg in between a dense and chewy bagel, perfect meal to start a day.
While the sandwiches might not be award winning, Fresh U is still a neighborhood gem. I wish they could expand their veggie selection or offer egg white variety for those with diet restrictions.