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Bánh Mì in SLC – Oh Mai Vietnamese Sandwich Kitchen, Holladay Location

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Oh Mai Vietnamese Sandwich Kitchen
6093 S. Highland Dr.
Holladay, UT 84121

Wow. Just wow.

I’m a huge fan of the original location, sure. There is even more here to love.

What’s different: better parking, more table space, more room in the back. You can see that the kitchen is much more comfortable, which leads one to think that wait times for food are going down. The interior feels spacious and cool.

More important than all that, they have a drive-thru window. I can now get my order without hauling myself out of the car.

What’s the same. same friendly staff, same amazing recipes. The menu is full of the same delicious, offerings I’ve come to love from the original location. Today they had the special, the name of which I’ll be reverentially typing slowly so as to not throw myself into a total food geek out.

Brisket pho sandwich.

Beautifully roasted brisket, Thai basil, some heat, and some pho broth to keep it all moist and flavorful. Brilliant. This is my new favorite sandwich without any question. I kind of wish I’d had a bite before offering half to my wife. To my shame as a spouse, I might have kept the entire thing for myself. I’m not selfish; the sandwich is just that good.

Convenient Holladay dining just took a quantum leap. I’ll be back tomorrow for more of that brisket pho sandwich.

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June 11, 2012 at 8:03am

Bánh Mì in SLC – Oh Mai Vietnamese Sandwich Kitchen

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Oh Mai Vietnamese Sandwich Kitchen
3425 S State St
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
(801) 467-6882

My bias from the outset: I love bánh mì, and love that I have a variety of places to choose from to get them in SLC. The only downside of the status quo is that they all reside on a ten block stretch of each other on Redwood Road, a substantial drive from my place. So when I saw the sign for Oh Mai go up on State Street a month ago, was I rooting for them to be great? You bet I was.

My dreams have come true. This place stands to save me many trips to the west side.

The bánh mì that I had, the S1 Cold Cuts, was as close to my gold standard, Spice Kit in San Francisco, as I’ve found in the area. On the protein side of the lineup, pork roll, jambon ham, pork head cheese, and a pork pate. The vegetation side: pickled daikon and carrot, jalapeno, cilantro, and cucumber. Surround that with a piece of bread that, while not the traditional so-crispy-that-it-shatters-on- the-first-bite baguette, was nonetheless of the french variety, thoroughly toasted, and nicely dressed with garlic butter and mayo. It hits all of the usual bánh mì notes of unctuous, sweet from the vegetables, and substantial from the meat. At only $3.88, it is ridiculously inexpensive. Something about the more substantial bread and the generous toppings also makes this a much more filling sandwich than any of its brethren further west.

Despite being stuffed, I also had some pho, which was highly tasty. I loved the broth in particular. But, for me, this place was about the sandwich. In talking with the staff, they said that they plan to start offering the more traditional chicken liver pate with the sandwich, as well as green papaya salad in the future.

The hours on the door are 9:30a to 8:30p, 7 days a week. I think that may, coincidentally, describe my return schedule for the place, too.

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March 9, 2012 at 12:37pm

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