2012 was a troubling year for lovers of chef-driven banh mi. A breakdown in the kitchen of Spice Table took Bryant Ng’s Vietnamese sandwich out of the lunch game and Josie LeBalch’s excellent duck confit banh mi ceased being available at Next Door by Josie in Santa Monica. Fear not, for LeBalch tells Grub Street she’s planning on bringing the luxe sandwich back on February 10th and every week thereafter for what she’s labeling “Banh Mi Sundays.” The chef also promises “other special dishes to coincide with the Lunar New Year.” As LeBalch herself said about the sandwich last year, “Watch out - flavor central!” 2420 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica.
LeBalch’s duck confit banh mi Photo: Tatiana Arbogast