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Best of 2003: Best Vietnamese-French Sandwich

Bale French Sandwich Shop
6937 Linda Vista Road, Linda Vista
858-565-8057

The best French bread in town is often Vietnamese-baked. And the most delicious French-style torpedo roll gets made here in this little place next to the vast Vien Dong supermarket. It's the Vietnamese Spicy BBQ. Think barbecue-style pork splashed with a sweet hot sauce, surrounded by mixed marinated vegetables and a fresh cilantro garnish. Mm. Mm. They have much more, of course, but start with this. It's a meal. And it costs so little.

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Bale French Sandwich Shop
6937 Linda Vista Road, Linda Vista
858-565-8057

The best French bread in town is often Vietnamese-baked. And the most delicious French-style torpedo roll gets made here in this little place next to the vast Vien Dong supermarket. It's the Vietnamese Spicy BBQ. Think barbecue-style pork splashed with a sweet hot sauce, surrounded by mixed marinated vegetables and a fresh cilantro garnish. Mm. Mm. They have much more, of course, but start with this. It's a meal. And it costs so little.

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