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Lan Hue serves up popular banh mi sandwiches in the International District.
An import of a longstanding family business in Vietnam, Lan Hue has carved out a following in the International District.
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Where to Get Some Great Banh Mi in the Seattle Area

This portable and satisfying Vietnamese favorite works as a perfect to-go meal

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An import of a longstanding family business in Vietnam, Lan Hue has carved out a following in the International District.
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Banh mi is simply one of the best comfort foods around — perfect as a snack or a full meal. The zesty, wallet-friendly Vietnamese classic starts with a simple baguette, cut lengthwise, then stuffed with satisfying fillings like chicken liver pate, sliced ham, chopped pork, and pickled vegetables. During the current restrictions on indoor dining during the COVID-19 pandemic, it also makes for a handy takeout or delivery option and many prime spots for banh mi in Seattle are still open for such services. Here are some of the best.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Yeh Yeh's

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19915 64th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 776-7213
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This unassuming Lynnwood favorite serves a crispy baguette filled with slaw of daikon and carrots to balance out the savory grilled meat tenders. For some extra oomph, the barbecue pork option adds tender pork cuts to the classic banh mi fixings.

A closeup of the “BBQ/ham” special banh mi at Yeh Yeh’s
The “BBQ/ham” special at Yeh Yeh’s
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2. Rise and Shine Bakery

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19920 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133
(206) 629-4987
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Situated right off Highway 99 in northern Shoreline, the slightly cramped Asian bakery is easy to miss but hard to pass up for its banh mi. The special combo is a refreshing ham and pork sausage option.

The banh mi at Rise and Shine Bakery in Shoreline.
Though understated, Rise and Shine serves up some of the best banh mi in the Seattle area.
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3. Cafe Banh Mi

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10700 Meridian Ave N #106
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 364-3354

This no-frills deli occupies a peculiar space inside an office building close to Northgate, but the shop’s hearty banh mi offerings rival those in the International District. Classics such as the lemongrass pork shine with an umami glaze and come in satisfyingly large portions. Delivery available via Postmates, GrubHub, and DoorDash.

A banh mi stuffed with chicken, vegetables, and cilantro
Cafe Banh Mi serves the namesake sandwich in generous portions.
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4. Banh Town

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10414 Holman Rd NW
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 257-4254
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This Greenwood shop is a treasure trove of Vietnamese flavors, and its mix of classic sandwiches, like a delectable five-spice lemongrass pork option, and modern twists, including a corned beef version dipped in pho broth, is no exception. Each one drips with savory juices yet maintains crucial crunchiness. Delivery available through DoorDash and Postmates.

5. Ba Sa Restaurant

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101 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 565-3287
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A newer addition to the area’s Vietnamese scene, this Bainbridge Island restaurant run by two siblings has already gained a reputation for delivering creative twists on classics, such as cha ca la vong made with sablefish. It also serves a banh mi topped with karage chicken, pork, kalbi beef mayo, pate, and pickled vegetables.

The banh mi with karage chicken at Ba Sa on Bainbridge Island
Ba Sa’s banh mi features karage chicken and kalbi beef mayo.
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6. Mr Saigon

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734 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-8700
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The fast-casual banh mi mini franchise started near Seattle University, and has a location in Pioneer Square as well that’s temporarily closed. The menu centers around various classic and modern banh mi sandwiches, all on in-house baked baguettes.

7. Lan Hue

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900 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-3866
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An import of a longstanding family business in Vietnam, this International District spot makes all the ingredients on site — from the bread down to the mayonnaise and bologna — and keeps the prices competitive. The sandwiches are neatly organized, carefully filled, and snugly wrapped.

Lan Hue serves up popular banh mi sandwiches in the International District.
Lan Hue is an offshoot of a family business from Vietnam.
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8. Saigon Deli

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1237 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 322-3700

Naturally, Little Saigon is home to some beautiful banh mi, as evidenced by the generous portions of barbecue pork and roast chicken at this quick-service deli (not related to the temporarily closed Saigon Deli in the U District). The portions are generous: Heaps of tender meat are buried beneath a bed of fresh cilantro, daikon, and cucumber.

9. Chu Minh Tofu and Vegan Deli

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1043 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 723-6095
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As the only vegan entry on the map, this deli offers a somewhat different experience apart from other International District options. The banh mi options here are made with tofu, coconut milk, and vegan mayonnaise for a hearty mix that stands up to meaty versions.

The vegan banh mi at Chu Minh Tofu and Vegan Deli.
Chu Minh Tofu and Vegan Deli offers vegan banh mi.
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10. Thanh Son Tofu

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1248 S King St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 320-1316
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Positioned well next to two busy Vietnamese markets, Thanh Son Tofu makes the most of its prime spot in Little Saigon. This spacious and airy local deli features many Vietnamese snacks and desserts, but the banh mi’s should never be missed, freshly prepared on the spot.

The outside of Thanh Son Tofu’s large storefront in Little Saigon
Thanh Son Tofu is a one-stop shop for many Vietnamese delicacies.
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11. Billiard Hoang

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3220 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-2054
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This South Seattle pool hall with a sports bar feel is usually a popular hangout, but is now solely a takeout kitchen serving up noodles and soups. Its banh mi game remains strong, including a bevy of flavorful grilled meat accompanied by lightly fluffed scrambled eggs that keep their form after each bite.

The pho and banh mi at Billiard Hoang in South Seattle
Billiard Hoang is a pool hall that serves excellent snacks and pho.
Jay Friedman

12. Tony's Bakery

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6020 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-8800

One of many excellent Vietnamese restaurants near Othello Station, this place offers prepared products, entrée-and-rice boxes, and more, now for takeout only. Tony’s even bakes its own bread for banh mi. While the dac biet banh mi is popular, insiders order banh mi ca xa ot, with battered and fried catfish and a smear of garlic-chive aioli. Delivery is available via GrubHub and DoorDash.

13. Q Bakery

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3818 S Graham St
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 725-9193
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Banh mi patrons looking specifically for freshly baked baguettes with a crispy outer crust need look no further than Beacon Hill’s Q Bakery. Bunched inside business plaza, it’s a straightforward, take-and-go deli that doesn’t fuss on the small talk, interested only in serving up some of the best banh mi in the southend. And that’s saying something.

A tray full of baguettes at Q Bakery.
Many line up at Q Bakery just for the baguettes alone.
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14. Tammy’s Deli and Bakery

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7101 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 760-1172
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Outside of the International District’s Little Saigon, Rainier Valley has one of Seattle’s most prominent collections of Vietnamese restaurants. One of the most notable is Tammy’s Bakery in New Holly, where diners can find a fresh, crunchy baguette with grilled pork over a smooth layer of buttery pate. It goes great with an avocado smoothie.

The exterior of Tammy’s Deli and Bakery on MLK Way
Tammy’s Deli and Bakery stands out in a crowded field of South Seattle Vietnamese spots.
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15. Tang Foodmart

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6249 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 922-3796
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This convenience store in Georgetown may not look like much upon first glance, but it’s got a stellar selection of banh mi served out of a small kitchen in the back. Among the standouts is the caramelized pork belly version, made with just the right balance of sweetness and spice. The shop is also just steps away from the excellent Lowercase and Great Notion breweries, making for perfect beer pairings.

Closeup of caramelized pork belly banh mi with lettuce and pickled vegetables on a baguette
Caramelized pork belly banh mi
Tang Foodmart [Official Photo]

1. Yeh Yeh's

19915 64th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036
A closeup of the “BBQ/ham” special banh mi at Yeh Yeh’s
The “BBQ/ham” special at Yeh Yeh’s
Yeh Yeh’s [Official Photo]

This unassuming Lynnwood favorite serves a crispy baguette filled with slaw of daikon and carrots to balance out the savory grilled meat tenders. For some extra oomph, the barbecue pork option adds tender pork cuts to the classic banh mi fixings.

19915 64th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036

2. Rise and Shine Bakery

19920 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133
The banh mi at Rise and Shine Bakery in Shoreline.
Though understated, Rise and Shine serves up some of the best banh mi in the Seattle area.
Jay Friedman

Situated right off Highway 99 in northern Shoreline, the slightly cramped Asian bakery is easy to miss but hard to pass up for its banh mi. The special combo is a refreshing ham and pork sausage option.

19920 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133

3. Cafe Banh Mi

10700 Meridian Ave N #106, Seattle, WA 98133
A banh mi stuffed with chicken, vegetables, and cilantro
Cafe Banh Mi serves the namesake sandwich in generous portions.
Cafe Banh Mi [Official Photo]

This no-frills deli occupies a peculiar space inside an office building close to Northgate, but the shop’s hearty banh mi offerings rival those in the International District. Classics such as the lemongrass pork shine with an umami glaze and come in satisfyingly large portions. Delivery available via Postmates, GrubHub, and DoorDash.

10700 Meridian Ave N #106
Seattle, WA 98133

4. Banh Town

10414 Holman Rd NW, Seattle, WA 98133

This Greenwood shop is a treasure trove of Vietnamese flavors, and its mix of classic sandwiches, like a delectable five-spice lemongrass pork option, and modern twists, including a corned beef version dipped in pho broth, is no exception. Each one drips with savory juices yet maintains crucial crunchiness. Delivery available through DoorDash and Postmates.

10414 Holman Rd NW
Seattle, WA 98133

5. Ba Sa Restaurant

101 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
The banh mi with karage chicken at Ba Sa on Bainbridge Island
Ba Sa’s banh mi features karage chicken and kalbi beef mayo.
Tony To

A newer addition to the area’s Vietnamese scene, this Bainbridge Island restaurant run by two siblings has already gained a reputation for delivering creative twists on classics, such as cha ca la vong made with sablefish. It also serves a banh mi topped with karage chicken, pork, kalbi beef mayo, pate, and pickled vegetables.

101 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

6. Mr Saigon

734 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

The fast-casual banh mi mini franchise started near Seattle University, and has a location in Pioneer Square as well that’s temporarily closed. The menu centers around various classic and modern banh mi sandwiches, all on in-house baked baguettes.

734 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

7. Lan Hue

900 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104
Lan Hue serves up popular banh mi sandwiches in the International District.
Lan Hue is an offshoot of a family business from Vietnam.
Lan Hue/Facebook

An import of a longstanding family business in Vietnam, this International District spot makes all the ingredients on site — from the bread down to the mayonnaise and bologna — and keeps the prices competitive. The sandwiches are neatly organized, carefully filled, and snugly wrapped.

900 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

8. Saigon Deli

1237 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144

Naturally, Little Saigon is home to some beautiful banh mi, as evidenced by the generous portions of barbecue pork and roast chicken at this quick-service deli (not related to the temporarily closed Saigon Deli in the U District). The portions are generous: Heaps of tender meat are buried beneath a bed of fresh cilantro, daikon, and cucumber.

1237 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

9. Chu Minh Tofu and Vegan Deli

1043 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104
The vegan banh mi at Chu Minh Tofu and Vegan Deli.
Chu Minh Tofu and Vegan Deli offers vegan banh mi.
Chu Minh Tofu and Vegan Deli [Official Photo]

As the only vegan entry on the map, this deli offers a somewhat different experience apart from other International District options. The banh mi options here are made with tofu, coconut milk, and vegan mayonnaise for a hearty mix that stands up to meaty versions.

1043 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

10. Thanh Son Tofu

1248 S King St, Seattle, WA 98144
The outside of Thanh Son Tofu’s large storefront in Little Saigon
Thanh Son Tofu is a one-stop shop for many Vietnamese delicacies.
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Positioned well next to two busy Vietnamese markets, Thanh Son Tofu makes the most of its prime spot in Little Saigon. This spacious and airy local deli features many Vietnamese snacks and desserts, but the banh mi’s should never be missed, freshly prepared on the spot.

1248 S King St
Seattle, WA 98144

11. Billiard Hoang

3220 S Hudson St, Seattle, WA 98118
The pho and banh mi at Billiard Hoang in South Seattle
Billiard Hoang is a pool hall that serves excellent snacks and pho.
Jay Friedman

This South Seattle pool hall with a sports bar feel is usually a popular hangout, but is now solely a takeout kitchen serving up noodles and soups. Its banh mi game remains strong, including a bevy of flavorful grilled meat accompanied by lightly fluffed scrambled eggs that keep their form after each bite.

3220 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98118

12. Tony's Bakery

6020 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118

One of many excellent Vietnamese restaurants near Othello Station, this place offers prepared products, entrée-and-rice boxes, and more, now for takeout only. Tony’s even bakes its own bread for banh mi. While the dac biet banh mi is popular, insiders order banh mi ca xa ot, with battered and fried catfish and a smear of garlic-chive aioli. Delivery is available via GrubHub and DoorDash.

6020 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118

13. Q Bakery

3818 S Graham St, Seattle, WA 98118
A tray full of baguettes at Q Bakery.
Many line up at Q Bakery just for the baguettes alone.
Gabe Guarente

Banh mi patrons looking specifically for freshly baked baguettes with a crispy outer crust need look no further than Beacon Hill’s Q Bakery. Bunched inside business plaza, it’s a straightforward, take-and-go deli that doesn’t fuss on the small talk, interested only in serving up some of the best banh mi in the southend. And that’s saying something.

3818 S Graham St
Seattle, WA 98118

14. Tammy’s Deli and Bakery

7101 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118
The exterior of Tammy’s Deli and Bakery on MLK Way
Tammy’s Deli and Bakery stands out in a crowded field of South Seattle Vietnamese spots.
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Outside of the International District’s Little Saigon, Rainier Valley has one of Seattle’s most prominent collections of Vietnamese restaurants. One of the most notable is Tammy’s Bakery in New Holly, where diners can find a fresh, crunchy baguette with grilled pork over a smooth layer of buttery pate. It goes great with an avocado smoothie.

7101 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118

15. Tang Foodmart

6249 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
Closeup of caramelized pork belly banh mi with lettuce and pickled vegetables on a baguette
Caramelized pork belly banh mi
Tang Foodmart [Official Photo]

This convenience store in Georgetown may not look like much upon first glance, but it’s got a stellar selection of banh mi served out of a small kitchen in the back. Among the standouts is the caramelized pork belly version, made with just the right balance of sweetness and spice. The shop is also just steps away from the excellent Lowercase and Great Notion breweries, making for perfect beer pairings.

6249 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

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