2016 JOANNE KATES 100 BEST RESTAURANTS

The Spend A Little list represents Joanne’s favourite 50 Toronto restaurants at which two people can eat for under $65 excluding taxes, tip and drinks.

#18 Banh Mi Boys

Banh Mi Boys

Deceptively simple, the best banh mi in town is a carnival of flavours: Unfatty pork belly with a touch of crisp on it is inflected with five-spice powder and sandwiched with cucumber, coriander and lightly pickled sweet/hot carrot and daikon shreds. Best is on bao — the Vietnamese moist steamed bun. But on baguette — the edible reminder of Vietnam’s French period — is also très delicieux. They also do a great beef short rib Sammy and spicy meatball. As for kimchi fries, these are to Korean food what poutine is to Canadian cuisine. Sweet perfect frites are mixed with fab pulled pork, green onions and mayo, with enough kimchi on top for excitement.


  • Banh Mi Boys
  • 2365 Yonge St., Toronto (map)
  • www.banhmiboys.com

  • Chef: Philip Chau
  • Cuisine: Korean,Asian Fusion,Sandwiches
  • Cost of dinner for two: $20
  • Hours: Mon. to Fri. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Reservations: No
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: No
  • BYOB?: No
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes (no American Express)
  • Parking: Street
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