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A contender for best banh mi spot in the city, this tiny shop in Lincoln Square serves the classic Vietnamese sandwiches on fresh baguettes baked in-house. The super-affordable sammies ($3-$5) are filled with traditional ingredients such as ham, pork balls, pate, headcheese, chicken or tofu, then topped with a traditional mix of sweet and sour pickled slaw and hot peppers. Also look for fresh-baked croissants with almond, cream cheese and strawberry fillings, as well as Vietnamese coffee and an assortment of bubble tea smoothies.