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Best bánh mì

Bánh Mì Thit Nguoi, aka the Lee's Special Sandwich, is the most popular sandwich at Lee's Bakery in Atlanta, your pick for best bánh mì. Staff photo.

Bánh Mì Thit Nguoi, aka the Lee's Special Sandwich, is the most popular sandwich at Lee's Bakery in Atlanta, your pick for best bánh mì. Staff photo.

YOUR PICKS
1. Lee’s Bakery
You say, “For me, Lee’s Bakery narrowly beats out Quoc Huong. Lee’s bread is light and not too crusty and the BBQ is perfect every time” and “Lee’s Bakery has the best by far. Incredible sandwich for $2.50.”

2. Quoc Huong
3. Huy’s Sandwiches
4. Viet Tofu

OUR PICKS
1) Quoc Huong
The AJC dining team’s specialist in International Cuisine Gene Lee says, “Ultimately, it’s how the flavors all come together on Quoc Huong’s banh mi sandwiches ($2.50 each) that easily make the Vietnamese restaurant my number one choice. The sandwich baguettes (sourced by a local bakery) are replenished daily, and the sweet charred flavor of the grilled barbecue pork sandwich — cut with pickled carrots, daikon and cilantro — alone is worth the trek.”

2) Pho Viet
3) Lee’s Bakery
4) Viet Tofu
5) Huy’s Sandwich

63 comments Add your comment

Jeff Parker

June 27th, 2011
1:42 pm

Lee’s Bakery on Buford Highway. Good pho too, with a half-sandwich/pho combo available.

Donkey200

June 27th, 2011
3:27 pm

I’m with Jeff on Lee’s Bakery. The little hispanic grocery in the corner of Lee’s shopping center has stellar chicharrones and fresh vegetables.

Lee's Bakery all the way

June 27th, 2011
4:26 pm

yes, Lee’s Bakery, excellent sandwich and friendly people.

Keeball

June 27th, 2011
4:28 pm

Who Cares!…Lets do BBQ

Big Bob

June 27th, 2011
4:31 pm

Lee’s all the way!! Their croissants are amazing too!!

Demanda

June 27th, 2011
4:36 pm

Quoc Huong, also on Buford Highway, gets my vote.

Inga

June 27th, 2011
4:38 pm

Quoc Huong has the best bahn mi’s in Atlanta. They are always crusty on the outside, soft on the inside, and filled with delicious toppings!

Yellow Jacket 89

June 27th, 2011
4:40 pm

Quoc Huong is great. Drove out of my way to eat there today for lunch. Delicious and very inexpensive.

FoodFan

June 27th, 2011
4:46 pm

Pho 24 – and they are open 24 hours.

DD

June 27th, 2011
4:47 pm

Inside every banh mi there’s an American trying to get out!

DD

June 27th, 2011
4:51 pm

We allways end up eating food from places we were at war with, I guess that means we will be eating dirt in a few years.

kevin

June 27th, 2011
4:55 pm

DD

June 27th, 2011
4:51 pm

Congratulations on having the most idiotic post of the day!

Atlanta Native

June 27th, 2011
4:55 pm

Quoc Huong and Lee’s Bakery are the best. The difference is in the heft. Lee’s sandwiches are heavier and less crusty. Quoc Huong’s are lighter and crustier. I go to the one I am closest
to at the moment.

Jennifer

June 27th, 2011
4:58 pm

Lee’s FTW!

Atlanta Native

June 27th, 2011
5:00 pm

Note: While the special at Lees is great, share an order of chef’s special spring rolls when eating at Quoc Huong – wrap them with the leafy veggies provided and enjoy.

GA Peach

June 27th, 2011
5:04 pm

Coming from someone who’s Vietnamese, Lee’s bakery is the best.

George

June 27th, 2011
5:07 pm

Lee’s; no question. BTW, Keeball, the pork in the Lee’s banh mi rivals Harolds and other good BBQ joints.

Edward

June 27th, 2011
6:26 pm

I would have to concur with the nomination of Lee’s Bakery.

Deb

June 27th, 2011
6:34 pm

The McDonald’s on Buford Highway.

Meatand3

June 27th, 2011
6:35 pm

For me, Lee’s Bakery narrowly beats out Quoc Huong. Lee’s bread is light and not too crusty and the BBQ is perfect every time. Quoc Huong is excellent much of the time but is a bit more inconsistent with respect to both the bread and meat. Quoc Huong’s iced coffee is much better than Lee’s, though.

Anon

June 27th, 2011
6:47 pm

I love “best foreign food” articles like this, because xenophobic racists like Deb or DD always come out to give their worthless, close minded opinions.

Also, Lee’s Bakery.

Matt

June 27th, 2011
9:31 pm

Quoc Huong and Lee’s are my two favorites.

NAM

June 27th, 2011
9:55 pm

There’s a new one on Jimmy Carter call HUY SANDWICH . it is awesome

Reds

June 28th, 2011
12:46 am

Isn’t this like the 15th time AJC has covered the best banh mi? And it’s always the same 2 places for the last 10 yrs with the exception of the newcomer Huy’s. Next week, who has the best burger.

Hardlyeverpost

June 28th, 2011
8:44 am

Quoc Huong all the way

Jessica

June 28th, 2011
8:56 am

Check out the pork one from Munch food truck…delicious!

Deb

June 28th, 2011
9:10 am

Hey, Anon you twit. I’m not a xenophobic racist. I’m of Asian, Latin, African and Jewish ancestry. Who do I have to be racist towards? Ignorance such as yours is what scares me. My comment is meant to be funny. I LOVE the Buford Hwy vibe and eat at any number of restaurants there at least 4 times a week. Bon appetit! ;0)

Atlanta Native

June 28th, 2011
9:30 am

@ Reds – I think they use this for a “Best of” each year, that may be why. Or, then again, maybe its because they are so darn good and “hatas” like Bill and DD need to try one.

Drew

June 28th, 2011
9:35 am

Lee’s Bakery

Ben A-E

June 28th, 2011
10:01 am

Lee’s Bakery has the best by far. Incredible sandwich for 2.50.

db

June 28th, 2011
10:34 am

VN Tofu on Buford hwy at Chamblee has the best bahn mi in my opinion. I usually have the special combo.

db

June 28th, 2011
10:34 am

chamblee tucker

AO

June 28th, 2011
11:17 am

Lee’s Bakery!!!!!!

DD

June 28th, 2011
11:40 am

Anon, Kevin and Atl. Native lighten up, I’ve had the real deal in Tam Ky, Chu Lai that be in the Viet Nam Highlands , kids.

SLJ

June 28th, 2011
1:14 pm

There’s only one place to consider – Lee’s Bakery.

Heather

June 28th, 2011
1:19 pm

Lee’s Pho in the Assi food court on Pleasant Hill Rd. in Gwinnett. Always fresh, cheap and delicious! Great Pho and spring rolls, too.

Dixie Cybill Presley

June 28th, 2011
1:28 pm

Quoc Huong is first with Lee’s Bakery close behind. Lee’s is just around the corner from my house, but the drive to Quoc Huong is worth it.

Kar

June 28th, 2011
1:40 pm

Anyplace that listens to you when you say “No cilantro and no culantro!”

Atlanta Native

June 28th, 2011
4:15 pm

@ DD, I just wanted to say “hatas”.

Just sayin'...

June 28th, 2011
4:21 pm

This will not be a popular choice due to inauthenticity blah blah blah… but star provisions is very tasty (and very expensive)

southgate

June 28th, 2011
4:39 pm

Lee’s. no one is even close.

Mark

June 28th, 2011
4:51 pm

I love Lee’s…..their French bread is awesome. Now for best Pho, head to “Pho 24″. Upbeat, spacious and the Soup Bowls are the best on the Buford Hwy. But may want to skip the Gui Quan – can be chewy.

Bill B

June 28th, 2011
5:36 pm

Lee’s Bakery!

Mike

June 28th, 2011
5:53 pm

I say Quoc Huong is best, followed by Lee’s. But, for a change of pace, sometimes Star Provision’s has a wonderful bahn mi. Not a “classic” version, but delicious all the same. Still, for $2.50, you can’t beat the BBQ pork bahn mi at Quoc Huong. Put a little of the red chili garlic sauce on it and savor every last morsel.

Thatguy

June 28th, 2011
6:00 pm

Not in Atlanta, but the Bahn Mi at Just Pho and More in Athens is pretty damned good.

Sam

June 28th, 2011
6:29 pm

@bubba – that all you got? that was a weak jab at best. also, i had you figured for more of a possum/armadillo man than pork barbecue…

jdg

June 28th, 2011
6:43 pm

I always get mine at Viet Tofu on Jimmy Carter just East of I-85, same shopping center as the Hong Kong Supermarket; great sandwiches, as well as all of the other great stuff you can get at a Vietnamese deli (noodle plates, spring rolls, bbq chicken, tapioca, etc. – all packed up to go!).

steveo

June 28th, 2011
7:14 pm

I love em at Quoc Huong but based on the other posts I’ll have to give Lee’s a try for sure

Tom

June 28th, 2011
8:22 pm

Don’t drive very far from my midtown haunts, but I think that Star Provision’s take on the the Bahn Mi is pretty good…

darktoaster

June 28th, 2011
8:37 pm

Quoc Huong is my favorite. I have given Lee’s a try several times and have always been disappointed in the bread.

I guess I am a sucker for nice crusty bread.