The recent spate of restaurants folding, reported on this blog and others, has got me worried about one of my favorite local banh mi joints.
Nestled on a relatively busy stretch of Newport Blvd. in Tustin, Zon Baguettes isn't yet on the endangered list, but the fact that it just recently raised its prices is surely not a good sign. Their base level models now run at around $3 with tax. One wouldn't have blinked if this was a Quiznos or a Blimpies, but a Vietnamese sandwich? $3? Really? That could spring for two in Little Saigon
But I'm here to say, give them a chance (in the spirit of Chubbypanda's Save Our Faves 2007 Meme), because even at $3 or even $4, their Xiu Mai banh mi is worth it. Good crusty bread, stuffed with a saucy, meatloafy concoction, some pickled veggies and a sliver of cucumber. It'll fill you up. It'll make you happy. And if you're an Irvinite like me, it'll save you the gas it takes to drive to Westminster after a hard-day at the office.
14081 Newport Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780
For the meme, I'll be tagging:
- Nguyen from Oh-So Yummy
- Deb from Dinner at Six
- Henry from Henry Chan's Food Adventures
- Sarah from The Delicious Life
- Kirk from mmm-yoso