64. Alpha Bakery
The banh mi has eclipsed the Louisiana-style po-boy as Houston’s civic sandwich of choice, and there is no better place to get one of these Vietnamese contraptions than this bakery snugged into the vast Hong Kong City Mall — one of the largest indoor Asian malls in America. To fuel your shopping expedition, step up to the counter where ladies who mean business will assemble your sandwich to order, piling on the hot lengths of jalapeno, the French butter, the pates and exotic cold cuts, all sparked with sprigs of cilantro and pickled carrot. The sandwich to order here is the Dagwoodesque combination banh mi, which is so inexpensive you might as well get a couple to go. They’ll taste even better later, once the flavors have had a chance to marry.
Entree price range: $
Where: 11209 Bellaire Blvd. (in Hong Kong Mall)