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Video: Banh Mi Frenzy

As I was driving by the corner of Buford Highway and Clairmont Road, I got a sudden urge for one of the Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches from Lee’s Bakery. My timing wasn’t great: the staff was working at top speed preparing scores of sandwiches for several big orders.

“It’ll be at least 10 minutes,” said the lady behind the counter. My craving wouldn’t go away, so I waited by the counter for 20 minutes and watched this scene, mesmerized.

Worth it? Oh, yeah…


20 comments Add your comment


October 15th, 2009
7:59 pm

frenzy? what is this sandwich anyway


October 15th, 2009
8:15 pm

It’s the best deal for $ 2.50 you will find on a sandwich. I get the scrambled egg bahn mi and it is great. You may have some problems communicating what you want to the staff, but they are friendly and patient.


October 15th, 2009
8:42 pm

Thanks for posting this, John-I’m new to the area and love these sandwiches. Now I know where to go!


October 15th, 2009
10:55 pm

This is my favorite place for Banh Mi sandwiches on Buhi. I work near here and come in once a week for one. Yesterday I had the pork meatball sandwich and it was awesome. There was a wait then too. The guy who ordered after me got super testy after a couple of minutes when he saw how long it was taking and asked for his money back, I don’t mind the wait, though, There’s plenty of neat stuff in the store to look at.


October 16th, 2009
8:33 am

Wait….can you hear that? Why yes, it’s a bahn mi calling my name. Must drive to Buford Hwy immediately. The call cannot be denied.


October 16th, 2009
8:59 am

I love banh mi! I have to admit, I’m partial to Quoc Huong. Looks excellent!


October 16th, 2009
9:20 am

Banh mi is awesome. There are different kinds. The best one for me is the Banh Mi Dac Biet (Special).


October 16th, 2009
3:35 pm

Wow I’ve never had the scrambled egg one, pork & chicken are my standbys there, will have to try it.

Son H

October 19th, 2009
10:28 am

Quoc Huong has the best sandwiches. Try the special (dac biet) or bbq pork banh mi. I think their meats and pate is what separates them from the rest. Their off buford hwy in the 99 ranch market shopping center. Their eggrolls are the best i’ve had too.

John Kessler

October 19th, 2009
11:26 am

Yes, Quoc Huong is great. I know just where they are and have had many a banh mi. I think their liver paste seems sweeter and less bitter than most.


October 19th, 2009
11:54 am

Love, love, love Bahn mi sandwiches!!


October 19th, 2009
11:55 am

Anyone know how to make the mayo sauce they use in their sandwiches?

Atl Starter

October 20th, 2009
4:43 pm

It ain’t Subway. Tasty post. Thanks.


October 21st, 2009
3:59 pm

Lee’s bahn mi’s are great, and as you point out, an amazing value. Butch at Pangea (now closed), had fantastic bahn mi from a gourmet approach. They were so addictive. SueSue and I would go almost every Saturday mid-afternoon for a shrimp bahn mi washed down with a bottle of chablis. Those were great afternoons.


October 21st, 2009
4:05 pm

Lee’s is the best bargain in town, although the more than occasional piece of gristle on the pork banh mi is a turn off. Mint’s in Tucker uses Lee’s bread and makes the same great pork banh mi (as well as a lemongrass chicken one) – I think one of the owners is a member of the Lee family. If you really want to splurge, Star Provisions sometimes has banh mi on their menu. However, I just can’t bring myself to pay nearly $16 for it when I can enjoy a super one elsewhere. Love to hear someone’s take on it.


October 22nd, 2009
12:21 pm

I love this place. I went Tuesday for lunch. I find if you go in after 12:30-1pm, you never have to wait long at all. Staff is very friendly and I’ve never had any language barrier…


October 22nd, 2009
12:23 pm

Leelee, the bahn mi @ Star Provisions is delicious, but I agree, $12 for sandwich only (no sides) is a little excessive. (I know, I know, ultra-quality ingredients, blah, blah, blah…) Lee’s is super tasty AND CHEAP.


October 27th, 2009
1:04 pm

I love this place. I go every week. What a bargain!

Louis Prima

November 16th, 2009
8:50 am

The tofu bahn mi w/ extra veggies is a pretty good choice…and has no gristle to speak of.

Ten Ox, Atlanta, Ga

January 6th, 2010
5:34 pm

Ok,ok, I just found out about Lee’s and Quoc Huong even about Banh Mi.
I tried Lee’s today — way tasty! It’s only been there 5 years or so, and I just found it.
Just because you live 1.2 miles from a restaurant and sometimes go to the pub next door to meet the occasional pirate, doesn’t mean you’re hip to all the food!
This and Crawfish Shack may have to take over from BBQ Corner as our most common Buford Hwy takeout places.