“New bakery and cafe to bring the “absolute best” banh mi to Meridian. Pho, Korean corn dogs too

A growing restaurant concept from Florida will bring Vietnamese flavors to Meridian this spring.

Paris Banh Mi is aiming for an April 1 opening date at 1492 N. Webb Ave., not far from where Marie Callender’s popped up last year along East Fairview Avenue. The location — Paris Banh Mi’s first in Idaho — has a Facebook page share details. The food lineup will include banh mi sandwiches, pho noodle soups, Korean corn dogs, appetizers, pastries, boba teas and Vietnamese coffees.

Bakery and cafe, Paris Banh Mi was founded in 2019 by Hien Tran, who grew up in Paris, France, and Doan Nguyen, who owned a series of bakeries in Saigon, Vietnam, according to the brand’s website. The first Paris Banh Mi opened in Orlando. It has since “grown into a coast-to-coast chain of stores, from California to Florida.”

“Next to traditional Vietnamese banh mi options,” Paris Banh Mi says, “We are proud to serve freshly baked baguettes, croissants and a wide range of handcrafted specialty drinks, including our famous Paris By Night, to accompany our delicious made-to-order fresh milk tea. We offer great sandwiches and drinks, but we pride ourselves on providing fresh French cakes and pastries, prepared daily to satisfy our customers’ needs.

The original Paris Banh Mi in Orlando gets a 4.6 out of 5.0 star rating from over 1,000 Google reviews – impressive. Customers praise the restaurant for everything from value to cleanliness. And the food ? “Delicious!” said a recent reviewer. It has a 4.3 out of 5.0 rating on Yelp. “Bahn Mi is the best!” one reviewer wrote in January. “The bread is absolute perfection.”

Korean corn dogs take the traditional corn dog concept, tweak it with seemingly random culinary madness, and top it with sugar.

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