A one-of-a-kind Vietnamese sandwich shop just doubled, adding a second location in New Orleans for banh mi, loaded fries and snacks.

Banh Mi Boys, which began to be attached to a Metairie gas station, opened its new Uptown location at 3244 Magazine Street earlier in December. Like the original, it serves a banh mi specialty with toppings like five-spice pulled pork, Cajun garlic butter shrimp, or chicken katsu.






Banh Mi Boys debuted at Metairie and opened a second location in New Orleans on Magazine Street. (Staff photo by Ian McNulty, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)


The new location is in a corner building that had long housed a Reginelli pizzeria, which closed at the start of the pandemic.

It has counter service, with a mix of tables and bar seating.






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Garlic Butter Shrimp Banh Mi is one of Banh Mi Boys’ specialty sandwiches. (Staff photo by Ian McNulty, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)


The menu Also includes traditional banh mi and traditional New Orleans po-boys, as well as salads, rice platters, spring rolls and exuberant cheese fries topped with oyster rockefeller sauce or Vietnamese bones, a sizzling version of steak and eggs with caramelized onions, butter and skull pork.

Some of the banh mi specialties are Korean bulgogi beef, Chinese char siu barbecue pork, and bang bang shrimp, all nestled in crisp buns with cucumber, carrots, radishes, jalapenos and fresh cilantro.






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Bone fries cross a classic Vietnamese cuisine steak, pate and sizzling egg dish with the comfort food of loaded fries. (Staff photo by Ian McNulty, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)


The new restaurant is a franchise managed by Christian Lombardo and Josh Gould. They worked closely with Nguyen to develop the new location.

Nguyen started Banh Mi Boys in 2015, taking over the deli attached to the Texaco gas station his family operates at the corner of Airline and Transcontinental Drive.

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His parents urged him to stick with traditional po-boys. Instead, Nguyen decided to mix his Vietnamese heritage with his upbringing in New Orleans to create Banh Mi Boys, who has since gained a large following for his next-gen banh mi.






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One of Banh Mi Boys’ murals on Magazine Street illustrates the classic Vietnamese model of banh mi. (Staff photo by Ian McNulty, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)


A third Banh Mi Boys is also taking shape across the country, in Portland, Oregon.

The New Orleans location is in a part of Magazine Street that has attracted an increasing diversity of restaurants in recent years. Another local Vietnamese restaurant, Lilly’s Cafe, is also planning to expand with a second location just up the street at 3329 Magazine St.

Just across the street, however, Big Fisherman Seafood has closed after 32 years in business. What is the next step for his old house remains an open question.

Banh Mi Boys Uptown is open Tuesday through Sunday. 11 am-8pm

Banh Mi Boys

5001 Airline Dr., Metairie and 3244 Magazine St.

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