Bánh Mì in SLC – Pho 33
7640 S. State Street
Midvale, UT 84047
This review is primarily for the Vietnamese sandwich appetizers now on the menu. By themselves they’d have gotten a measly two stars. I’ve had an enjoyed thoroughly the rare beef pho here, though, and on its own I’d have given it 4.5 to 5 stars, so I landed at 3 overall.
The sandwiches were available in two varieties, a brisket and a traditional pork cold cuts. Bottom line: neither one was great. Both versions of the sandwiches that I had were swimming in mayo. This made for an uncharacteristically gloppy mess for this type of sandwich. There was no pate in sight, though the addition of fish sauce definitely upped the flavor quotient. The protein-to-filling ratio was decent, though I’ll say that the thick cut jalapeno tended to mean either a mouthful that was a blast of heat or no heat at all. Something thinner and more distributed would be better when it comes to the peppers.
The bread is insubstantial at best, and the addition of a bunch of wet ingredients transformed it pretty instantly into mush. Needless to say, I really missed the usual crusty baguette here. And bread brings us to another issue, the overall size of the sandwich. At $3.95, these are comparable in price to the low end of the Oh Mai menu, and a full dollar more expensive than the sandwiches available at Hong Phat. They are, however, extremely small. Two of them would be required to make a meal.
In their defense, I was warned that they were small by the server and told they were appetizers. That said, if you are going to serve a tiny sandwich, a much tinier price is in order.
I was rooting for these sandwiches, as the location would represent the furthest south I’ve seen banh mi crop up, and having a stop to sate my craving on the south end of the valley would have been keen. Sadly, I’m not enamored.