Ba Le

Restaurants, Vietnamese Uptown
Recommended
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
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Photograph: Jeff Catt Ba Le

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.

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Venue name: Ba Le
Contact:
Address: 5014 N Broadway
Chicago
60640
Cross street: between Argyle St and Winnemac Ave
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Red to Argyle. Bus: 22, 36, 81, 92.
Price: Average sandwich: $3
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Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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everything here is amazing and super reasonably priced; try the pate chaud if you can get there before it sells out!


Hard to beat Ba Le on deliciousness or price. A $5 sandwich that will make your eyes roll back in your head from sheer delight.


Ba Le is my go-to for a reasonably healthy and cheap meal. The food is fresh and the bread they use for their bahn mi sandwiches is the real deal. French loaves that are huge and uber crusty crispy on the outside and like a warm hug on the inside. I'm not a vegetarian but my favorite sandwich to order here is the veggie avocado. Savory, bright, and filling all at the same time. My only critique and hence not the coveted fifth star is the ambiance leaves me wanting more. The seating, sparse floor, and not-great lighting makes this more of a take out joint on the way to the beach rather than sticking around. Delicious, though.