Vietnamese food truck loses its wheels, but not its edge

Limeduck tries out the new bricks-and-mortar version of Bon Me in Kendall Square (same building as the Friendly Toast):

The BBQ pork was zesty, the bread crusty, the carrots crunchy, the pate livery, the mayo spicy, the cilantro uppity, everything in its place and as it should be, dare I say it maybe a tiny bit better than at the truck. This is a $6 sandwich, $8 if you somehow think you need "extra meat," and really, I love this stuff, but I'm pretty sure you do not need extra meat. Same price as at the truck, and you get a roof over your head and music, too.

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When Yuppies and Bánh mì Meet

I'm glad to see Bánh mì, one of the greatest street foods ever conceived, finally getting its day.

Still, you can get a great (and more authentic) sandwhich for literally half the price in Chinatown. It may not have the "gourmet" or "craft" elements that the more upscale Bon Me type places have - but are far more Saigon.

Rivers between

Yes, there's fantastic and cheap Banh Mi all over Dorchester, Quincy, Randolph, and Chinatown, but Bon Me is bringing it to a part of the city that is sorely lacking in Vietnamese food.

Local meats and produce are worth something too, if you can afford it. "Authenticity" is fun but overrated, especially when you consider the colonial history behind this particular food item.