Home’s Banh Mi and the Park Slope Vietnamese Sandwich Battles


Folks who live in Park Slope used to have to head down to Sunset Park to get their banh mi fix. (And they still should,as the superior sandwiches at Ba Xuyen and Than Da are worth the short travel time.) But now Park Slope is practically rife with its own banh mi shops. First, there was Hanco’s on Seventh Avenue, a second branch of the Bergen Street establishment. Then Henry Huynh, a Hanco’s employee, split off and opened his place, Henry’s, much to the dismay of his former boss. Then, in January, Huynh left his eponymous place in favor of opening a third banh mi joint, called Home.

The Brooklyn Paper has covered the banh mi action extensively, although we do wish they’d put the kibosh on the Vietnam War allusions.

Since we had done a side-by-side taste test of Henry’s and Hanco’s (with Henry’s coming out on top for better value), we thought we should check out Home’s banh mi to see where it ranked.

It turns out that Home’s sandwich ($6) is probably the tastiest of the three neighborhood spots. For one thing, it’s the same price as Henry’s and 50 cents cheaper than Hanco’s. The bread is very crusty on the outside, light and squishy on the inside. The roast pork is pretty ordinary, but what we liked was the generous quantity of pickled vegetables, as well as the big kick of spice provided by both sliced jalapenos and liberal squirts of Sriracha.

So if you find yourself trapped in Park Slope and in need of a banh mi, your best bet is Home.

349 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn

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