There are many sandwich shops in the Twin Cities. There are even a lot of Vietnamese sandwich shops, but Ly’s may be the only Vietnamese banh mi–style sandwich shop that is a bakery as well. Make that a bakery with lovely iced cakes, super buttery croissants, and fresh-baked cookies that also happens to make beef jerky. It’s a little frenetic, yes, but the sandwiches are as good as it gets: a freshly baked French roll that is appropriately textured on the outside and pillowy soft within is neatly sliced open and slathered with paté, a vibrant sesame mayonnaise, cucumber, pork, lettuce, shredded carrots, jalapeños, and, most wisely, a squeeze of some nam pla vinaigrette that sends the whole sandwich over the top. What is not over the top is the price, $2.95. Add that to the long list of things Ly’s has that you can’t get at Subway.
2605 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-871-5678