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Ba Le French Bakery & Restaurant

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5018 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640-3006
(773) 561-4424
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Banh mi and all sorts of Vietnamese delights (and a few French, too)

yum. Delicious banh mi and a lot of other delicacies. Some French baked goods, too. And in a beautiful setting. A modern bakery with a few tables. Well worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

yum. Delicious banh mi and a lot of other delicacies. Some French baked goods, too. And in a beautiful setting. A modern bakery with a few tables. Well worth a visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The best banh mi in the city. The french bread is crisp and the filling has just the right mix of ingredients. Very similar to what I ate in Saigon

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Love the Vietnamese sandwiches, though they could use a little more protein in them. The barbecued pork is my favorite. I also love the small packaged deserts: tapioca or rice pudding with beans, bananas, or gelatin. I've been coming here since the mid-1990s and their prices have risen significantly--but still cheap enough. I just wish they put more meat in... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

No need to describe this shop as many others already did. we always stop by this place when we are in Chicago. It always seems busy, but we never have to wait very long for our orders. Go for the special sandwich if you're not sure which sandwich to get. My special thanks to a young friendly cashier working on... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

These tasty Vietnamese sandwiches are coming into fashion in this part of the country, and Ba Le is the best place to get them. Ba Le is a sparkling clean bakery/deli serving all kinds of Asian delights. We like picking up sandwiches here and going somewhere else -- a park, Ravinia, the Lake -- to eat, but there is some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Personally, a trip to Chicago won't complete until I stop at 2 stops on Broadway: Ba Le sandwich and bakery shop and Sun-Wah BBQ. Let's talk about Ba Le Sandwich & Bakery. Do you consider yourself a foodie? Yes, good! Ever tried Vietnamese sandwich, Bánh Mì? Yes? Good! Have you ever tried Ba Le banh mi in Chicago or Lee's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 via mobile

Fresh ingredients, crunchy French bread and fantastic bursts of flavor await you at this Vietnamese sandwich shop. I have been there on my last couple of trips to Chicago and the second time did not disappoint. Try the chicken salad spring rolls as a first course. Oh, and it's super inexpensive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

surprisingly very flavorful great mix of French and Asian. Would definitely come back to try something else.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

If you're looking for a great flavor packed nosh off the beaten path, Ba Lenis your spot! The Bahn mi are out of this world! The #1 Special is good enough to eat two! Save room for the macaroons! Mango, pistachio, pineapple and strawberry are amazing!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

1st time at Ba Le. I am not disappointed. Had the sauteed chicken sandwich. Delish! The bread combined with the chicken and the condiments that come with that sandwich...it just tasted so good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5018 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640-3006
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: (773) 561-4424

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: French, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Vietnamese
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?