Daikon Banh Mi’s second location opened in Boulder’s 29th St Mall last December. Following the Denver shop and the “Banh Force One” food truck, the Boulder restaurant will continue to share Vietnamese sandwich and bowls. There are gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options — which is a big hit for the Boulder crowd! After visiting the grand opening, I walked away feeling like Banh Mi is an enticing, yet familiar dish that I was glad to now have access to.
The casual eatery is perfect for a lunch break and is conveniently located in the heart of Boulder. Right when you walk in, the “Wall of Sound” catches your eye, featuring 32 salvaged speakers that bump tunes all day in the space. The eco-friendly establishment has composting and the tables are long and community-oriented, and feature beautiful red chairs. There is an industrial look, but with the plant decor it feels quite airy and open.
You order at the counter, and have your choice of a seven different Bahn Mi sandwiches or bowls, including pork, chicken, jackfruit, brisket, salmon, tofu and mushroom. It’s constructed with house mayo, hoisin sauce, sambal oelek (chili sauce), cucumbers, pickled carrot, daikon, red onion, jalapenos, Thai basil, mint and cilantro. The bowl base can be sticky rice or lemongrass quinoa.
I tried the Unami Mushroom sandwich and it was the perfect combination of bold and balanced flavors. The seasonings were tangy and delicious, and the baguette was high-quality. It was definitely packed full — so a little messy to eat, but well worth it. We also tried The Original Pork bowl, recommended by the owner, and it was a big hit! Next time I’d want to try one of the many beverages they had next to the cash register, ranging from milk tea with boba to flavored lemonades.
Sandwiches and bowls range from $8.45 to $11.90.
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