In last week’s column about commonly mispronounced food terms, the term “banh mi” appeared.
Banh mi are traditional Vietnamese sandwiches comprised of baguettes stuffed with Vietnamese fillings. These fillings usually consist of some type of meat (ham, pork, sausage, chicken, liver pate), veggies (cucumbers, cilantro, carrots, daikon radish) and condiments.
Banh mi can be found on certain days at local ethnic markets, but now you can find them almost every day at a new restaurant on Williamson Road called Viet Sub.
Viet Sub has one of the simplest and cheapest menus you’ll see anywhere. It consists of three different kinds of subs ($3 each), two side dishes (egg roll or “hollow donut,” each $1) and a build-your-own sub ($3). According to the menu, subs consist of a “crispy baguette” spread with mayonnaise and pork liver pate, then topped with your choice of meat, sweet pickled carrots, daikon radish, cucumber, cilantro and jalapeno.
The create-your-own sub can be made with ham, turkey or roast beef and includes a few different cheese selections, vegetable toppings and condiment choices. The three house subs are the Special (Banh Mi Thit Nguoi), honey-glazed pork (Banh Mi Thit Nuong) and BBQ pork (Banh Mi Thit Xa Xiu).
Soft drinks and tea are sold for $1.25. Viet Sub is located at 1403 Williamson Road NE, and the phone number is 540-342-3300, fax 540-342-3311.
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Monday.
Amanda Codispoti had more information about Viet Sub in her Retail Roundup column on Sunday. Click here to read it. Have you been to Viet Sub? If so, tell us what you thought about it.