Ba Bays banh mi sandwiches include the pork belly, classic and meatball.
Ba Bay chef Nicholas Sharpe said the banh mi sandwiches were one of the restaurant’s top sellers as a lunch special. It made sense to add them permanently, he said.
Not that there won’t be variations: On Tuesday, Ba Bay offered a spare rib banh mi as a special, and Sharpe anticipates adding more options in the coming months including shrimp, scallops or tofu.
Restaurant spokeswoman Denise Nguyen said the sandwiches have “transcended out of Vietnamese mom-and-pop shops” and are becoming popular all over the city. Dino, an Italian restaurant in Cleveland Park, for example, serves duck liver banh mi, and PS 7’s in Chinatown serves bite-size banh mi.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.