Photo by Jenn Ocken

Dish: Bao Vietnamese Kitchen’s Barbeque Pork Bánh Mì

Opened in April 2017, Bao is the brainchild of Chau Huynh, a former corporate IT worker with a passion for the cuisine of her native Vietnam. “More and more people in Baton Rouge want to try Vietnamese food,” Huynh says. “They like the freshness, the crispness and the balance of flavors.” Bao’s menu features casual Vietnamese fare, including several types of bánh mì, the sub sandwich rooted in French-occupied Vietnam. Order it old school with cold cuts and pâté, or with meatballs, grilled chicken, tofu or barbecue pork (pictured). Each sandwich is served on 7-inch bánh mì pháp, fresh-baked rolls from James Beard Award-winning Vietnamese bakery Dong Phuong in New Orleans. Garnished with spicy mayo, cilantro, cucumber, pickled carrots, daikon and jalapeño, Bao’s bánh mì delivers a sweet, spicy and savory punch in every bite.

8342 Perkins Road
Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.