San Jose is the city with the most Vietnamese-Americans outside of Vietnam, over 100,000 people according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Given that fact, it figures that their Little Saigon food scene is so robust. The neighborhood centers on Story Road near the 101 freeway and has provided me with many good meals. Banh Mi Oven is particularly noteworthy, a Vietnamese sandwich shop and market that bakes bread in-house to fuel some of the best banh mi I’ve eaten in years.
#1 Cold Cut Combo ($6), aka Bánh mì đặc biệt, combines cold cuts like ham and mortadella with a rich, generous smear of pate, punchy pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, and spicy jalapeño on a soft house-baked baguette. My wife and I picked up three hefty sandwiches from Banh Mi Oven before driving down the 101 to L.A. Not one went the distance.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.