High-Brow Banh Mi Sandwiches Are Getting a Footing in Dallas

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LARK on the Park's $12 banh mi
When properly executed, the banh mi may be the greatest sandwich of all time. The balance of fatty flavors from mayonnaise, pâté and other meats, with acidic pickles, is the perfect backdrop for Asian flavors like soy sauce and cilantro. It's surprising that these sandwiches aren't more popular here in Dallas, but it seems they're starting to get some increased attention.

Last week I tried Mot Hai Ba's take home version -- carefully (if needlessly) portioned into separate containers for cilantro, pickles and bread. I loved the charred pork on one sandwich and the fatty pâté on another. Maybe with any luck, they'll start to offer combo sandwiches so you can get a little of both.

See also:
- Mot Hai Ba Offers Take Out BYOB (Build Your Own Banh Mi)

This week I stumbled on another upscale banh mi served at LARK on the Park downtown. Banh mi purists will find this sandwich overwrought, but there are some interesting flavors incorporated. All it needs is some better bread.

Empire Bakery supplies par-baked baguettes to the restaurant, but they need a little more time in the oven before they're sent out to a table. My sandwich was soft and chewy and lacked the crunchy, crusty texture I've enjoyed with other versions.

While the sandwich is stuffed unconventionally, the flavors come together. Pork belly cooked till it's fall-apart-tender meets a lemony aioli, shredded carrots and daikon and a kiss of lime for brightness. The sandwich is a messy one. If you take this one to go, be sure to grab a few extra napkins.

LARK's version is good, but not good enough to usurp Mot Hai Ba's. Still, it's nice to see more restaurants pay homage to the glory that is banh mi. With any luck, we'll see more of them soon.


Location Info

LARK on the Park

2015 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

12 bucks.....you goddamn fruits! YOU are the reason this country sucks. 

BanhMiLover
BanhMiLover

Pho is for Lovers has a Korean BBQ Banh Mi that is amazing for $6!!!

trebuh
trebuh

$12 banh mi? dafuq?

Gipson
Gipson

Quoc Banh Mi in Richardson is my favorite. A bunch of options between $3-4 each, and they're always buy 2 get one free. They have no dining space on-site, so it's all to go, and they'll separate the veg if you prefer. I do, because then I can microwave the sandwich (bread, meat, pate, sauce) and get it nice and warm while keeping the pickles crisp and cold.You can also customize how much veg goes on your sandwich.

Bahn Mi, or a simplification there of, is also a terrific way to use crock pot pulled pork. Heat your roll, slather on some sambal-mayo, stuff it with tender pork, top with quick-pickled carrots and jalapeno (I usually don't bother with the daikon) and you're good to go. One of my favorite meals.

Heather Rinaldi
Heather Rinaldi

Pho in winter and Banh Mi in Summer...go to light and inexpensive lunches.

Theo Singharaj
Theo Singharaj

High brow banh mi is a contradiction. Banh mi is supposed to be cheap food for the everyman. Gimme the el cheapo versions you'd find in Carrollton, Richardson, Arlington, etc...

BGBG
BGBG

Pho is For Lovers

Nammi Truck


That is all.

Mario Carballo
Mario Carballo

Hk market arlington $2.50, nuff said. Best real banh mi's! Get you the thai tea with boba while your at it.

crustyjugglers
crustyjugglers

@BanhMiLover Yes, that one is delicious.  Also good is the one served by the Nammi food truck on Fridays in the Klyde Warren Park.

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