Banh mi are like Southeast Asian submarine sandwiches on French-bread-inspired rolls. Here they're especially good - made on a toasty loaf that's still soft enough to chew through without disintegrating into crumbs.

What and how much: Ba Mon Banh Mi, $7

Where: Indochine - a cheap but rockin' little family-run East Sider with authentic Vietnamese and Laotian cuisine (and beers from those countries too!). Inside, it's only a couple steps above bare-bones but the regulars are there for the knockout food, tiny prices and smiling service. A user-friendly, color-photo-loaded menu helps ease novices into the fun.

Why? An Asian festival of colors, flavors and textures

Eat it: Banh mi are like Southeast Asian submarine sandwiches on French-bread-inspired rolls. Here they're especially good - made on a toasty loaf that's still soft enough to chew through without disintegrating into crumbs.

They're crammed with long threads of carrot and daikon radish, big sprigs of fresh cilantro and fiery jalapeno rings, but that's just for starters. There's also made-here butter, mayo, funky fish sauce and your choice of meats.

I recommend the big slabs of good barbecued pork roast aromatic with five-spice seasoning for every eater, and the French-made pate (not too "livery") for mildly ambitious types.

Only pros should go for the weirdly head-cheesey "cold cheese meat" and spongy but strangely comforting Asian "bologna." But meats aside, every banh mi will taste slightly sweet, spicy, salty, fresh, crunchy, lean, fatty - hell, you could run out of adjectives trying to describe it.

Sidekicks: It doesn't come with anything, and you don't need it.