Banh Mi Che Cali Opens Gigantic Restaurant in Fullerton Next To Lee's Sandwiches; Let The Banh Mi Battle Begin!

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Photo by Annie Nguyen-Habermann

A banh mi turf war is brewing in Fullerton. 

Banh Mi Che Cali, which we've written about here on these blogs and featured on our Best Of lists, Favorite Dishes lists, and lists of other lists, has opened what has to be their biggest, most gigantic store yet...and this one also serves pho in an actual restaurant that is directly next door to Lee's Sandwiches in the Costco parking lot on Harbor Blvd. 

This sort of thing would not be an uncommon occurrence in Westminster/Garden Grove where duking banh mi purveyors are just part of the landscape. But Fullerton? This is new.

Banh Mi Che Cali still offers the buy-two-get-one-free deal that has pretty much popularized the brand in OC. But the price has inched up a bit since I remember. It's $2.75 for each hoagie style sandwich these days.

The new restaurant is housed in a space that was the site of several failed restaurants, including a Chinese restaurant and dim sum house I reviewed a few years ago. This one will last a while, I'm sure. As for that Lee's, now that BMCC has moved in? Only time will tell who will win the Great Banh Mi Battle of Harbor Blvd. Fullerton!

**Thanks to  Annie Nguyen-Habermann for the tip!

1000 S. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA, 92832

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4 comments
maryatht
maryatht

That building is not cursed.  I've been living in Fullerton for more than 15 years and I've been to one of the failed restaurants.  It's the food they served that failed... Banh mi and che Cali is staying!

amai1215
amai1215

This is question is off tangent, but how come OCWeekly never finished their "THE GAME OF BURGERS" that left off sometime late last year? 

aneenguyen
aneenguyen

De nada :)

I'm just worried about that location-- it seems like that building is cursed! I don't remember any of those previous restaurants lasting very long.  Will definitely be trying it this weekend and I am SO EXCITED to not be cutting up my mouth with hard-ass Lee's bread anymore!

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Thank you Annie Nguyen-Habermann! 

If anyone is headed for the nearby Fullerton Metrolink/Amtrak station to go to LA or somewhere else, you and your traveling companion could fuel up with 1.5 sandwiches for less than 6 bucks!  Or you could be like me and eat 2.5 of them out of the bag, and the other 0.5 about 45 minutes later!!

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