The Bánh Mì Boom: A Grub Street Timeline

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Eater points to some bnh m sliders mentioned in Wined & Dineds brunch roundup and echoes Tom Colicchio in saying hes so over the Vietnamese sandwich. With Baoguette 3 opening imminently, it seems like a good time to look back over two years of bnh m buzz, to see just how we got here. Cue the Family Ties flashback music, folks heres your bnh m timeline.

1/12/07
Momofuku Ssm bar, then just a burrito bar during the day, features a bnh m on its late-night menu.

1/07
Paris Sandwich Shop opens the first bnh m shop to have Yolato.

3/19/07
Newcomer Silent Hs Polish bnh m is named Sandwich of the Week.

3/28/07
Boi to Go brings bnh m to Turtle Bay.

5/9/07
Chinatown hole-in-the-wall Viet-Nam Banh Mi So 1 gets a renovation.

6/1/08
Su Voi Corp is named New Yorks best under-$5 breakfast.

1/7/08
T Quynm Pharmacy loses its bnh m counter (what were they thinking?).

9/18/08
Boi opens a midtown outpost.

10/1/08
Bnh M Saigon Bakery and Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich raise their prices by a game-changing 50 cents.

10/20/08
First word that Angelo Sosa is working on an Asian sandwich concept.

12/5/08
Seoul Station offers a Korean alternative.

12/8/08
Baoguette launches the first of what will be at least four stores serving "sloppy Baos."

12/16/08
First word of a sleek newcomer, An Choi, and a new location of Hancos.

1/28/09
Bep, a pop-up caf in Williamsburg, serves bnh m.

2/19/09
Three words: bnh m cart.

2/23/09
The Vietnamese sandwich finally arrives on Bedford Avenue.

2/23/09
Hancos and An Choi open. The $8 takeout bnh m is born.

3/16/09
Num Pang offers a Cambodian alternative.

3/25/09
Baoguette opens its second location and plots a third, Angelo Sosas Xie Xie gets an opening date, and Williamsburgs Nh Ti introduces the Pho Bnh M.

4/5/09
Citing Pegu Clubs fried-oyster bnh m and Terroirs mortadella-stuffed bnh m Italiano, New York declares the bnh m to be the new panino, and rounds up the citys best.