Seriously — why did it take so long for an eatery called Banh Mi House to pop up? And, like, what kind of monster would turn down a meal from a place gloriously named Banh. Mi. House?
It sounds like food heaven, especially for sandwich fiends.
Scan the menu of the new Banh Mi House — which celebrated with a grand opening at 13709 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa's Carrollwood area on March 26 — and you'll see where the small restaurant gets its name from.
There are steak and onion, grilled pork, meatball, grilled chicken, tofu and pulled beef versions of the beloved baguette sandwich filled with mayo, pickled veggies, cucumber, scallions and cilantro. Plus, the special, a bánh mì option that includes a diner's choice of protein: pâté, pork ham, barbecue pork, pork meatball or dried shredded pork.
That's, count 'em, 11 variations to choose from. Anybody else trying not to drool?
Other highlights of the lineup are vermicelli noodle bowls dressed with toppings like an egg roll (!), chicken wings, rice boxes (not bowls, people), six kinds of boba, and pho, which Banh Mi House began offering last month.
An added bonus is that the restaurant — operating 9 a.m. to 8 pm. Monday through Saturday — is affordable, with dishes ranging in price from $2.50 to $8.
Just take it to the House already.