Subway: Red to Argyle(773) 561-4424 balesandwich.com41.973205 -87.660248 5014 N Broadway (between Argyle St and Winnemac Ave) Uptown, Chicago
Breakfast, lunch, dinnerAverage sandwich: $3
When the French controlled Vietnam, baguettes crossed cultures, and one of the finest results of this is the banh mi sandwich. They’re plentiful in this area, but this bakery creates most of the bread restaurants use, so go try the source, a cute and colorful counter-service spot with stimulation galore. Jump in line for the barbecue pork or the Ba Le special, which piles housemade pâté, headcheese and pork onto a baguette with tangy carrot and daikon slivers, cilantro and jalapeño. Grab a coconut custard (served in an actual coconut!) for an interesting ending.