Whether you're in the mood for a fresh sandwich or you just want to grab a bottle of juice, Ba Le Bakery on Washington Avenue can accommodate. But the menu might not be what you expect. That's because this bright, contemporary restaurant isn't your typical deli; it dishes out classic Vietnamese cuisine.
At the forefront of Ba Le's menu is the banh mi sandwich, an import from Vietnam that evokes the Philadelphia hoagie. Pick your preferred meat (pork, chicken, and meatballs are all on the menu) to have stuffed inside of a fresh baguette, along with the classic accouterments: cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno, carrots, and pickled daikon. You can also grab a pre-made meal from the fridge and take it to go. If you do decide to stick around, don't skip dessert. Ba Le's list of sweets encompasses myriad bubble teas and other treats like fried bananas. The exotic fare awaits just a short trip away from Rittenhouse Claridge.
Ba Le Bakery
606 Washington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147