My sister sent me a link to The Moment’s very tragic post about banh mi that has offended many of those who hold the sandwich in high regard. The hed reads “Banh Mi in America” but fails to mention Orange County’s Little Saigon.
As much as I like banh mi, I’m not going to respond with seething outrage that the writer describes the Lee’s Sandwich chains as an “exemplary” example of California banh mi. It’s just another clue that this guy did a very shoddy research job.
But when you ask a question as broad and ridiculous as, “Who makes the best Vietnamese banh mi sandwich in America?” and answer it without acknowledging a single sandwich shop within the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam, the public flogging is sort of deserved.