Thats how it was for Jason Sakran of Street Hero and Bon Bánh Mì. Like me, Jason was introduced to bánh mì on the streets of Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. While living in the area he would explore the ethnic food scene at lunchtime. When he moved to Charleston without a bánh mì in sight, he was despondent.
|Jason Sakran, Owner and Chef of Bon Bánh Mì|
One afternoon Jason had an “overwhelming hankering” for a bánh mì and decided to experiment. He did some research and made a test sandwich similar to the 5-Spiced Ground Pork, currently on the menu. The sandwich was a hit with his wife and his best friend, now business partner Jeremy Spencer.
Months later Jason and Jeremy decided to test the chutzpah of these tasty treats by selling them at a few music concerts. After a particularly successful Phish show, Jason somehow convinced Jeremy to open the Street Hero stall at the Marion Square Farmer's Market in Spring of 2011.
One year later bánh mì seem to be everywhere in Charleston. Jeremy and Jason appreciate the competition. They feel that "as people get turned onto the sandwich it's only going to help us. We offered the bánh mì at the right time in Charleston, people are embracing it."
At Bon Bánh Mì, and Street Hero they want to “offer the sandwich for the masses” while using organic, antibiotic free and local ingredients wherever possible. The baguettes are made fresh locally, the eggs are locally sourced and the pâté comes from Jason Houser of Meathouse (also available at the Marion Square Farmer’s Market).
|Each protein is available as a "fixin'" for your baguette, taco shell or salad.|
|Rich Carly, Owner of The Charleston Beer Exchange, stopped in for a bite. That Avery White Rascal on the counter is mine though!|
The Spring Street location has been packed every afternoon. With only about 10 seats the guys are counting on delivery and take-out for a majority of the business. I suggest you get in and get your fix before the lines begin to wind out the door. But if you can't make it over to Spring Street the Street Hero stall will continue operating Saturdays at Marion Square.
|Working hard downtown on Saturdays|
|Sriracha one of the traditional ways to spice up Vietnamese flavors. Pictured above is the 5-Spice Pork Taco|