Heaven now comes in sandwich form. It’s called banh mi, and while Le’s Pho and Sandwiches (3 E. Court St., 513-721-9700) in Cincinnati didn’t invent the Vietnamese hoagie, I dare say they have perfected it, and with a little more than $4 you can claim one for your own.
Heaven now comes
in sandwich form.
Head down to Court Street, a dining enclave that sits between the towering office buildings of downtown and the hipper Vine Street area to the north. I came to this street in search of food after spending a few hours working at the Cincinnati library, and choices were aplenty. But when you come across a Vietnamese restaurant amid fast food mainstays, you really don’t have a choice, do you?
This no-frills eatery offers more than sandwiches—bun and pho are low-priced options that grace the relatively small menu. As for me, I had a hankering for something I could sink my teeth into, especially since tofu was being offered, something that doesn’t often happen with sandwiches.
With a little hoisin sauce, it was salty
and sweet, and spicy as hell.
Here’s how my sandwich went down: It started with a fresh piece of French bread, which held savory chunks of marinated tofu. On top of that sat a garden of pickled vegetables, as well as jalapenos, and the magical final ingredient: cilantro. With a little hoisin sauce, it was salty and sweet, and of course, spicy as hell.
The banh mi at Le’s isn’t huge—I ate the whole thing and was left unsure of whether I was truly full. At such a low price point, though, ordering two is not unreasonable.
I’m not sure when I’ll be back in Cincinnati, but I’m sure that when I do go, I’ll make a stop at Le’s again. If you should end up in the city, don’t miss it.