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Any serious discussion of a great banh mi hinges on the baguette. And the sandwiches at Lela’s Bistro feature some of the most authentic buns in town, hand-delivered from owner Laura Le’s parents’ shop, the venerable Binh Minh Bakery on SE Powell Boulevard. Le does her family—and the buns—proud by stuffing the airy, golden-brown loaves with her own mouthwatering goodies like perfectly singed pork belly, house-made chicken pâté, garlic aioli, Vietnamese cold cuts, pickled carrots, and bushels of fresh cilantro.

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