Meanwhile, at the new and unassuming I Luv Pho (2513 N. Campbell Ave.), they sell bánh mi sandwiches (minus duckling, plus tofu) for $3 each, and they are sooooo good. Crusty bread, pickled vegetables, lightly seasoned bean curd. The pho is decent — they just opened early this month and are still fine-tuning things — but that banh mi is out of sight, and priced right.
We also have it on good authority that the bánh mi sandwiches (minus duckling, plus grilled lemongrass pork) at the new 17th Street Grill are damn good and relatively cheap at $4.99 each. More here.