When you’re out with your friends and looking for a quick, inexpensive, and delicious lunch spot, head to Banh Mi Boys. This buzzing Queen Street restaurant serves what may be Toronto’s finest expression of the tangy Vietnamese sandwich–a melange of different meats and vegetable served on a rice-flour baguette. But rather than sticking to the original recipe, these boys mix it up, offering such nontraditional versions as pulled pork, duck confit, squid, and meatball. So stroll on in and make your selections–and be prepared for a crowd. This popular spot gets a major rush between noon and 2pm, but don’t be discouraged if you can’t find a vacant table in the colorful dining room. They turn over fast, and you can always take your sandwich to go and enjoy it picnic-style in nearby Alexandra Park. In addition to the namesake sandwich, the menu features tacos in a variety of styles and steamed bao (a cross between a dumpling and a sandwich), so your group can order a little bit of everything. A casual feast like this is too good not to share. To really impress your friends, show off your insider’s knowledge and order off Banh Mi Boys’ super-secret menu. The unreal Club Bao, stuffed with fried chicken and five-spice pork belly, will blow your mind. Close your eyes and listen to the old-school hip-hop soundtrack as the flavors dance across your tongue. This might just be your new favorite lunch spot.

Banh Mi Boys

392 Queen St W Toronto ON M5V

(416) 363-0588

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