WICKER PARK — Banh Mi & Co. is now serving up Vietnamese sandwiches, spring rolls and more at its Wicker Park location.
The company quietly opened its fifth spot in a former ice cream parlor at 1740 W. Division St. during the weekend and officially announced the opening on Monday.
Its signature item is, of course, the banh mi sandwich, made with a choice of meat, tofu or seitan plus cucumber, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, jalapeno, soy sauce, black pepper and mayo on a baguette.
Menu items also include spring rolls, salads, soups, desserts and specialty drinks, like lychee lemonade or Vietnamese iced coffee. The menu includes several vegetarian and vegan items.
After opening its first location in Lakeview at 3141 N. Broadway about two years ago, Banh Mi & Co. soon expanded to include Roscoe Village, East Lakeview and the Loop.
New at this Banh Mi & Co. spot is a service window, which the company said will be used on busy late nights.
It's also the first location to be open past 9 p.m. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to "at least" midnight Friday and Saturday.
Patrons can also order food for delivery during store hours by calling 773-486-8889 to place orders.
The location also plans add a patio sometime in June and have a grand opening soon after.
Fans did their best to cool patrons who wandered into the Wicker Park location Monday to sit and eat or take a sandwich on the go, and the restaurant promised that working air conditioning is on the way.
Customer Matt Lescohier, 34, who was ordering a barbecue pork banh mi sandwich to go, said he's a "big fan" of banh mi but had never tried it at Banh Mi & Co. A work-from-home Wicker Park resident, Lescohier said the new spot makes for a convenient option.
"I'm very excited about this addition to the neighborhood," Lescohier said.
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