My sister told me to try this place back in 2012, and I finally ventured over on November day. Ever since then, Banh Mi Boys is a place I definitely frequent whenever I’m in the area. Their success shows – they opened another location soon after at Yonge and Gerrard, near Ryerson University.
Banh Mi Boys
Location: 392 Queen St W
Hours: Monday to Friday: 11am to 10pm
Saturday: 11am to 9pm
Sunday: 12pm to 7pm
Atmosphere: Fast-paced, to-go friendly
Banh mi is a Vietnamese term for bread, but in this case, it mostly refers to the submarine-style sandwiches Banh Mi Boys specialize in. This long sub contains pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers, and your choice of protein. They also offer Baos (steamed buns) and Tacos with similar toppings. Sides include fries and salads, but not the typical kind – try kimchi fries or jicama papaya salad.
A sandwich here is pretty filling on its own and can be a complete meal. My favourite is the grilled pork, just because its classic and perfectly seasoned. The duck confit and the pork belly are also delicious.
The baos and tacos make a good snack on its own, or pair it with a side and make a full meal. They are both made with soft yet sturdy shells that hold their toppings well.
Another reason I love Banh Mi Boys is that they offer vanilla Coke! Any restaurant that stocks them is always on my good side. They have fridges full of packaged drinks but I do wish they would offer a few drinks made in-house – that is their only weak link.
Banh Mi Boys is a great place to grab-and-go as there is limited seating; but if you’re lucky enough, there is usually a spot or two available while you order as this is definitely a quick eats kind of place.