Every other week I find myself down in the Convoy area and this week I decided to stop by a new restaurant for a little bit of lunch. I had heard about Baguette Bros from one of my co-workers and decided to go check it out. Baguette Bros is in one of the oh-so-slightly larger lots – the same lot that houses Jeong Won Korean BBQ Buffet.
They’ve got a big “Grand Opening” banner up over the shop so it’s easy to spot.
Their sandwich menu is right outside and easy to read. In addition to banh mi sandwiches, they also serve french fries and chicken wings. Check out Baguette Bro’s full menu on their website. One day when I go back I want to try their Nutella coffee!
This is the interior – but only half of it. There are also smaller tables with bench seating along the back wall in addition to the picnic tables.
Water is set out easily for you to grab. They also have a few extra sauces over here – such as a housemade Cilantro Ranch – for your meal.
[fish sauce wings / $6]
I was only going to get a sandwich… but the lure of wings was too hard to resist! They have Honey Sriracha, Fish Sauce, or Lemon Pepper available as wing flavors and I opted for fish sauce. You get six wings in one order. They toss a bit of fried garlic and chopped green onion on top for a little extra color and flavor.
The wings were nice and meaty. The meat was tender and the fish sauce had a pungent slightly sweet flavor. The wings had a crispy exterior though I think they could have been a *tad* crunchier/crispier. Still a good effort though and I quite enjoyed them despite not having the “perfect” crunch.
[belly flop / $8]
What actually sealed the deal for me wanting to visit Baguette Bros was that I saw they had a pork belly banh mi on their menu.
ROASTED PORK BELLY!
Oh my holy goodness… the pork belly was so freaking good! It had a wonderfully crisp top, a good ratio of porky fat to porky meat and it was so tender and delicious. It came with a sweet chili sauce that helped to highlight and enhance the yummy flavor of the pork. I, of course, took all the pickled crap off but I ordered it with the carrot/daikon because I wanted the pictures to be prettier. But all I really want with this is that lovely cilantro.
The bread was nice as well – it had a crusty exterior while the inside was light and fluffy. It held up well to the pork and the sauce. I’d order this again in a heartbeat!
While I find it weird to pay $8 for a banh mi (when I’m used to paying about $4 for one), I have to say that the roasted pork belly made it worth it. Don’t see super crispy pork belly in a lot of Vietnamese shops, that’s for sure!
4698 Convoy St #105
San Diego, CA 92111