ba le sandwiches

Ba Le Sandwiches
5014 N. Broadway St, Chicago, IL, USA

I was in one of those pre-lunchtime funks. You know the ones. Where you're like, "Hm, fuck, well fuck, I guess I'll just get fuckin' Subway." But I always forget: all you have to do to turn that particular frown upside down is get a fuckin' banh mi!

Now, I'm no Subway hater, and on a different day, Subway would have been fine. But not this day, oh no … for this was my wedding day!

ba le sandwiches

No it wasn't. But I just wanted something with a slight bit more pizazz. Something not quite as heavy as a steak sandwich, but not quite as light as a Veggie Delite. As it happened, I was driving near Little Ho Chi Minh Trail (or whatever they call it) near Argyle and Broadway, where all the primo Viet Cong places are. I spied Ba Le and despite the poor logo, I gave it a shot.

ba le sandwiches

BBQ Pork #2, $7.70. Exactly how you want it. Fresh, warm, delicious. Is it the best/most authentic/bla bla bla? Who the fuck cares, Mr. Shitbags? What are you, a personal purveyor of your own private Michelin stars? Oh, wait.

Review by Pumboo Dongo-Dohnoh, February 2020