Little Shop of Mary Roasted Pork Banh Mi [CLOSED]

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Up until January 4, the only little shop I knew about was Little Shop of Horrors. Thankfully, fellow food fiend Victor Tam alerted me to Little Shop of Mary, Mary Chau Truong-Ngo’s tiny banh mi shop with a sunflower-yellow awning and serious sandwiches, which stands out for multiple reasons on an otherwise unspectacular stretch of Torrance Boulevard.

Little Shop of Mary features black and white tile floors, a row of bulb lanterns, photos of rural Vietnam life and Parisian posters, and bright blue benches. Order your banh mi at the counter, or better yet, call ahead, choosing from a selection of fillings that includes “classic cold cut,” lemongrass chicken (or beef), sesame beef (or chicken), pork meatballs, and the dreaded “vegetarian” (aka soy protein). No matter what you order, expect to pay $7, and while I look forward to working my way through the menu, Victor vouched for Roasted Pork, and the sandwich delivered big. The slow-cooked pulled pork was plenty juicy, balanced with punchy garlic aioli, tangy pickled red onion, and a thatch of greens on a warm, soft baguette. If you’re looking to kick the flavor up another notch, Mary’s got a squeeze bottle of Sriracha handy.

Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.

Address: 2205 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90501

Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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