Dining Deals

French-Vietnamese Open-Faced Sandwiches at Parisian Bakery

The small banh mi rolls are six for a dollar at the Parisian Bakery next to the giant Viet Hoa supermarket in the Asian shopping center west of Beltway 8 at the Beechnut exit. While I was filling up a bag with the Vietnamese bolillos, I noticed some fine-looking savory pastries topped with chicken, ham and barbecue. They were $2 each and since I didn't have anything planned for lunch, I grabbed one of each flavor. I asked the lady behind the counter what they were called, but she just shrugged.

The bread tasted like moist brioche. The chewy barbecue topping was excellent and chicken was pretty good too. The ham looked good, but there was lot of rubber band-like gristle in the meat that stretched out when you tried to take a bite. I really like the meat-filled pastries called pate chaud at Parisian bakery. I'll come back for more of these chicken and barbecue open-faced brioche sandwiches too.

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Robb Walsh
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