I'm not someone who likes to let a standard slide when it comes to banh mis; I've tried plenty of them from all around Houston. After testing out seven different banh mi options, I've compiled a list of the best ones that I think my fellow Houstonians should check out for an awesome banh mi experience.

Throughout this article, I'll be discussing what makes each banh mi unique and why it may or may not appeal to different palates. So if you're looking for some good snackage in Houston, look no further than the best banh mis in town!

B&T Cafe

B&T Cafe
🗺️ 2007 W Alabama St ste b, Houston, TX 77098
☎️ 832-516-8871
🌐 Website
Sunday: 12–7 PM
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11 AM–8 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–8 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–8 PM
Friday: 11 AM–8 PM
Saturday: 11 AM–8 PM

I'm thrilled to have finally found a cafe with those classic Vietnamese flavors and textures I love in a banh mi. The bread they use is traditionally-made, and it's so light and fluffy that it nearly melts in your mouth. My favorite combo was the Grilled Chicken with Pate & Special Sauce - the combination of all three was simply heavenly.

The meats are top quality as well. All the charcuterie is freshly-prepared daily, so you get the most out of your sandwich every time. Plus, their pork belly is my absolute favorite!

On top of all this, B&T Cafe has excellent service to match its delicious food. They really care about providing an enjoyable experience for their customers and go out of their way to make sure everyone gets what they need as quickly as possible.

The best part about B&T Cafe? They offer the best banh mi in Houston at unbelievably low prices! So if you're ever looking for a delicious meal on the go at an affordable price, B&T Cafe is definitely worth checking out!

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Oui Banh Mi

Oui Banh Mi
🗺️ 1601 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77006
☎️ 832-831-5172
🌐 Website
Sunday: 10:30 AM–8 PM
Monday: 10:15 AM–10 PM
Tuesday: 10:15 AM–11 PM
Wednesday: 10:15 AM–11 PM
Thursday: 10:15 AM–11 PM
Friday: 10:15 AM–11 PM
Saturday: 10:30 AM–11 PM

The baguette is deliciously crispy on the outside and soft and flavorful on the inside. The meat choice is always freshly cooked and incredibly succulent. I especially love the combination of pickled vegetables, herbs, spicy mayo that gives this sandwich a unique flavor.

The pricing is fair compared to similar restaurants in Houston and the portion size is definitely sufficient for your belly! You won't be disappointed with Oui Banh Mi's quality and flavor. It's definitely the best banh mi in Houston!

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Lúa Viet Kitchen

Lúa Viet Kitchen
🗺️ 1540 W Alabama St #300, Houston, TX 77006
☎️ 346-227-7047
🌐 Website
Sunday: 11 AM–8:30 PM
Monday: 11 AM–8:30 PM
Tuesday: 11 AM–8:30 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–8:30 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–8:30 PM
Friday: 11 AM–8:30 PM
Saturday: 11 AM–8:30 PM

I'm always drawn to its simple yet vibrant storefront located in the heart of H-Town. I can already smell the fresh lemongrass and herbs as I walk up, and my mouth begins to water.

The moment I step inside, it's a feast for all my senses. With their unique twist on traditional banh mi, Lúa Viet Kitchen is doing Vietnamese cooking justice. From their classic Vietnamese sandwich to their delicious grilled beef, every item on the menu is worth trying.

The banh mi itself is perfectly seasoned with julienned pickled vegetables and roasted pork that melts in your mouth! The bread is so fluffy and warm that it melts in your mouth as soon as you take a bite. It’s simply the best!!

Lúa Viet Kitchen has earned its place as one of the best banh mi in Houston and definitely worth a visit.

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Nguyễn Ngọ

Nguyễn Ngọ
🗺️ 11210 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072
☎️ 281-495-2528
Sunday: 8 AM–5:30 PM
Monday: 8 AM–5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM–5:30 PM
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 8 AM–5:30 PM
Friday: 8 AM–5:30 PM
Saturday: 8 AM–5:30 PM

The ingredients were fresh and flavorful, the lightness of the bread was perfect and very comforting. The pork-belly was cooked to perfection and the pickles added a great crunchy texture.

Overall, I found Nguyễn Ngọ's banh mi incredible! They make some of the best banh mi burgers in Houston, bar none. Even if you take into account that they are a bit pricier than others in town, you will still find your money well spent here.

If you're ever in Houston looking for a great banh mi experience, there is no better place to go than Nguyễn Ngọ!

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Thim Hing Banh Mi

Thim Hing Banh Mi
🗺️ 10905 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072
☎️ 281-564-1692
Sunday: 6 AM–6 PM
Monday: 5 AM–6 PM
Tuesday: 5 AM–6 PM
Wednesday: 5 AM–6 PM
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 5 AM–6 PM
Saturday: 5 AM–6 PM

I'm especially impressed with the generous fillings of meats, pickled vegetables and fresh herbs, making this banh mi one of the most flavorful and enjoyable. The ingredients used are high quality, which make a big difference in the overall taste and texture of the sandwich.

The baguette is toasted perfectly; it has a nice crunch on the outside while being soft and fluffy on the inside. It also holds up great against all the fillings, so you won't have to worry about any messes!

The service here is top-notch too! Everyone is friendly and attentive; they really know how to make you feel welcome. The prices are extremely reasonable too — I highly recommend Thim Hing Banh Mi for anyone looking for the best banh mi in Houston!

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Kim Tai

Kim Tai
🗺️ 2602 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77002
☎️ 713-652-0644
Sunday: 11 AM–8 PM
Monday: 10:30 AM–8 PM
Tuesday: 10:30 AM–8 PM
Wednesday: 10:30 AM–8 PM
Thursday: 10:30 AM–8 PM
Friday: 10:30 AM–8 PM
Saturday: 11 AM–8 PM

Their banh mi are freshly made with the perfect combination of ingredients - delicious, savory marinated meats and slathered in their signature sweet chili sauce for a unique twist. The bread is fluffy and light and just crispy enough to provide a crunchy bite.

The variety at Kim Tai is incredible - you can choose from pork belly, grilled chicken, or tofu. Each sandwich comes with pickled daikon radish and carrots plus cilantro, jalapeños, and their amazing homemade mayo. I'm always blown away by the level of care that goes into each sandwich!

If you're ever in Houston looking for the best banh mi in town, visit Kim Tai! You won't be disappointed.

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Miss Saigon Cafe

Miss Saigon Cafe
🗺️ 1421 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77006
☎️ 713-942-0108
🌐 Website
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 11 AM–3 PM
Monday: 5–9 PM
Tuesday: 11 AM–3 PM
Tuesday: 5–9 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–3 PM
Wednesday: 5–9 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–3 PM
Thursday: 5–9 PM
Friday: 11 AM–3 PM
Friday: 5–9:30 PM
Saturday: 11 AM–3 PM
Saturday: 5–9:30 PM

The banh mi sandwiches are made with freshly cut, locally-sourced bread that is soft and fluffy on the inside and perfectly toasted around the edges. It is topped with homemade pate, pickled carrots, daikon radish, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno peppers and aioli sauce. The combination of sweet and savory flavors blended with just enough heat was simply delicious!

I also tried their Bun Bo Nem Nuong; it was one of the best dishes I had in a long time. The vermicelli noodles were cooked to perfection and served with marinated pork skewers, spring rolls filled with mushrooms and lettuce leaves and lots of fresh herbs. The nuoc cham dip added an extra layer of flavor too!

Overall, I highly recommend Miss Saigon Cafe for anyone looking for the best banh mi in Houston. The food is consistently excellent and reasonably priced; plus the staff are friendly and accommodating. I will definitely be back soon!

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Jen Norman

Jen is a Houston born native with a knack for spotting the top restaurants and businesses in town. She loves to read and play with her 3 dogs - Charlie, Cheddar, and Cheezit