Though a Banh-mi Vietnamese sandwich--pillowy French bread, meat, cheese, pickled veggies, jalapenos--might seem like any old sammy to the uninitiated, the craze has reached a tipping point. Public Radio International's This American Life recently chronicled the back-stabbing story of menu plagiarism at two Brooklyn banh-mi joints, a story The New York Post dubbed "the new front in the Vietnam War."
Well, in Boise it's still a banh-monopoly. And the oh-so-popular Baguette Deli on Franklin Road in the Fred Meyer shopping center recently expanded its empire to downtown. The sandwich shop and bubble tea house was slated to open its doors at the beginning of November in the former Coldstone Creamery space in the Idaho Building but had to delay the opening until Nov. 18. Though banh-mi-loving downtowners are no doubt psyched to have their veggie ham'wiches and avocado bubble teas closer to home, there's even more exciting news: Baguette Deli will be open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sorry Pie Hole, it's time we see other people.
Baguette Deli's downstairs neighbor, Superb Sushi, has exciting news for multi-taskers: You can now pick up Superb Sushi while you shop for music at the Record Exchange. In addition to lattes and tongue studs, The Edge will carry seaweed-wrapped Crane Creek rolls. Superb.
And just in case you were somehow feeling sandwich-deprived, yet another meat-and-cheese-between-bread option recently opened in downtown. Caruso's Sandwich Company, a franchise with locations in Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, Post Falls and Spokane, Wash., is now open for business on Eighth Street below The Balcony. The spot offers all the stand-bys--Italian dip, turkey club, Philly cheese--along with soups, pasta bowls and breakfast sandwiches. For more info, check out carusosandco.com.
In non-downtown/non-sandwich news, Baan Thai, Eagle's newest ethnic addition, celebrated its soft opening on Nov. 5. Though the party's free food and booze well has dried up, Baan Thai now offers a selection of Thai classics in an elegant environment for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday. For more info, visit mybaanthai.com.