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Baguette Bros, featuring Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches with fusion flavors, opened recently on Convoy. I love traditional banh mi but was intrigued by the fusion menu, so we went to check it out at our first opportunity.
Baguette Bros is located in the same plaza as China Max, Infini Tea, and Spicy City… so, not the worst parking lot, but not the best either. (Then again, is any parking on Convoy the best?)
The interior was quite hipster and open, with communal-style picnic tables as well as a couple of regular tables. You order at the counter and receive a number, and your food will be brought out to you shortly.
We’ve seen many pictures of the bulgogi fries here and had to try it out for ourselves. This is basically Baguette Bros’ version of the popular carne asada fries, except with bulgogi, cheddar cheese, kimchi miso aioli, green onions, and a fried egg. I thought that the fries were nice and crisp, but I actually wasn’t as big of a fan of the flavor… maybe the sweet bulgogi marinade flavor just doesn’t go well with fries. We ended up eating the meat and egg separately from the fries.
I chose the Breakfast Banh Mi option, which is served with Vietnamese sausage and an egg omelet, drizzled with soy sauce. The sandwich is also topped with fresh cucumbers, jalapeño slices, pickled radish and carrots, and cilantro on top. I didn’t like the sausage slices – they were a bit tough and not very flavorful. The baguette was a bit on the tough side as well… The real highlights of this sandwich were the egg, which was nice and fluffy, and the pickled veggies on top, which brought a lot of flavor. By the way, the sandwiches are served with a side of shrimp chips – the ones here aren’t as crispy as the ones from Supernatural Sandwiches, but they were still quite enjoyable.
S chose the roasted pork belly sandwich, because pork belly. The roasted pork belly tasted good on its own, but we felt that braised might have worked better for a sandwich rather than roasted – the pork was a bit too tough, like it was cooked a bit too quickly, and the skin, which was supposed to be extra crispy, was actually a bit gummy and hard to chew.
Our friend’s “Gangnam Style” – bulgogi ribeye – sandwich turned out to be our favorite of the three. It used the same bulgogi beef and toppings as the fries, but for some reason this worked a lot better on the sandwich – the sweetness of the bulgogi was complemented by the fresh and pickled veggies, and this was very nice all around.
We were sad to see that they did not serve the “Broguette” on our visit, which is closer to a traditional banh mi with cold cuts, ham, and pâté. I would have liked to try a more traditionally-flavored sandwich here in addition to the fusion ones. Overall, I wasn’t super impressed with the sandwiches on this visit, but I’m willing to give them another chance. Kirk, Kirbie, Mary, and Faye have all visited and gave more positive reviews, so I’m hoping that I just went on an off day. We didn’t order any drinks on our visit, either, but they do sound quite good (pandan coconut milk tea, anyone?), so I’d definitely like to make a revisit. In the meantime, though, I’m still holding out hope for K Sandwiches to return soon.
4698 Convoy St, Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92111