02/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Chicago's Best Banh Mi: MenuPages Points The Way

The banh mi is truly an exercise in gestalt. Its collection of individual components are all delicious on their own -- thin slices of ham or roast pork, a generous layer of pork pate, a veritable salad of carrots, cilantro, jalapeno, and pickled radish, all topped with a healthy smear of (preferably kewpie) mayo and a shot of hot sauce -- but they come together on a warm, crusty baguette in such harmonious concord that your very Platonic notion of "sandwich" is altered forever.

The more or less undisputed king of the Chicago banh mi is Ba Le Bakery ...

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