5 of the tastiest banh mi sandwiches in Seattle
The barbecue pork banh mi is sweeter and less spicy than those found in the International District. (Image: Jenny Kuglin / Seattle Refined)

5 of the tastiest banh mi sandwiches in Seattle

Banh mi sandwiches are the culinary memory of a time when France had colonial rule in Vietnam. The unique sandwiches are made of both Vietnamese and French components; a fish sauce infused aioli is spread on a fresh baguette and then filled with options like fried tofu, barbecue pork, pate or even whole sardines. On top of the meat is generally a fresh and crunchy combination of carrots, daikon radishes, cucumbers, jalapeños and cilantro.

Seattle is known to have some of the best banh mi sandwiches in the country because of our thriving Vietnamese community and an abundance of options. Another perk is that the best banh mi are always cheap, generally never costing more than five bucks.

There are a ton of options for a great banh mi in Seattle’s International District; but here are five fantastic favorites.

Saigon Deli. In 2011, The New York Times called Saigon Deli one of the best places for banh mi in the entire United States. Saigon Deli certainly isn’t fancy, but the banh mi sandwiches there are absolutely amazing. The bread is fresh, the meats are always tremendously flavorful and each sandwich has the exact right combination of tangy fish sauce and pungent spiciness. Having such a great reputation does mean that you’ll likely end up searching for parking or waiting in line; but at about three bucks a banh mi, it’s totally worth it.

1237 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
Neighborhood: International District

Sun Bakery. Just around the corner from Saigon Deli, Sun Bakery is a great place to go if you don’t feel like waiting in line. Vegetarians will love the tofu banh mi and meat eaters should try the ham, grilled chicken and cucumber variety. One of the best parts about Sun Bakery is that you can also indulge in a fantastic dessert if you’ve managed to save some room.

658 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
Neighborhood: International District

Subsand. The barbecue pork banh mi at Subsand is a must-have. The portions are amazingly generous, with a huge heaping pile of pork and tons of vegetable slaw. The pickled daikon is especially deicious and there is just the right amount of fresh jalapeno. Unlike the other banh mi sandwiches on this list, the one at Subsand does have a large number of onions on it. If you’re an onion lover, rejoice! If not, you may want to ask for them on the side.

419 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
Neighborhood: International District

Seattle Deli. Another mouthwatering spot for a barbecue pork banh mi is Seattle Deli. At three bucks a pop, they’re one of the cheapest lunches around. This is a great choice for cucumber lovers and people who prefer their banh mi sandwiches with a crunchier roll.

225 12th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
Neighborhood: International District

Pho Fuchsia. This is the anomaly on the list. Pho Fuchsia is not in the International District and it’s primarily a pho restaurant, but it definitely has one of the tastiest banh mi sandwiches in Seattle. Both the chicken and barbecue pork are excellent. The meat is not as fatty as some of the other sandwiches and there are very few jalapeños, so it’s a good choice for people who prefer their foods a little less spicy.

213 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
Neighborhood: Pioneer Square

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