I watched Anthony Bourdain's No Reservation prior to my visit to Vietnam and he mentioned the best Banh Mi is in Hoi An. In the show, the place was more like a street vendor, almost like a fast food service with no sitting area. I took note of the Banh Mi shop plaque and googled it, located it on Google Map and saved it (which is unnecessary because the homestay owner told me where it is and I have to visit this place no matter what)
So imagine my shock when the place turned out to be a 2-storey shop with dining area on ground floor and 1st floor. "Kitchen" is near the entrance with long queue for take away Banh Mi. I am happy that the business has been good for the shop and they are able to expand.
About the queue, it is mainly for take away. If you plan to dine in, just walk straight in and talk to the staff. If they have table, you can just walk in. We were waiting outside for 5 minutes before we realized that there were available seats inside if we want to dine in.
And yes, the Banh Mi is worth the long queue. They have lots of selection in case you don't eat pork, or beef, or vegetarian. But the one I eyed on was number 9, I can't remember the whole name but it has pork pate in the baguette and that was the one that A.B. ate on the show and that's what I planned to get.
The price for the best Banh Mi? 20,000 Dong or USD 0.87 ... not even USD1 !
Btw, you might see locals cutting into queue. It's acceptable coz the queue is mainly for the tourist, plus I didn't really see a lot of locals cutting in, just 1 or 2 locals for every 10 tourists
MUST VISIT if you are in Hoi An!
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