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Hero Shop Brings Unique Twist on Banh Mi to Downtown LA

Hero Shop is located at the corner of 6th and Los Angeles at the PE Lofts in Downtown LA (Photo by Brigham Yen)

Hero Shop is located at the corner of 6th and Los Angeles at the PE Lofts in Downtown LA (Photo by Brigham Yen)

When Babycakes NYC closed its doors at the corner of 6th and Los Angeles Streets in early 2013, it seemed like a step back for what had been an intimate and quickly developing block. A new generation of businesses, however, have jump started the area’s upward trajectory with the latest addition being Hero Shop L.A. Offering a new and delicious take on Banh-Mi and rice bowls, Hero Shop provides a budget friendly dining option, while reactivating an important historic core corner.

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While many banh-mi are characterized by large amounts of bread rather than filling, the same does not hold true for the sandwiches at Hero Shop, which are huge. On my recent visit I tried the BBQ Pork and Fatty Brisket Heroes. I also mixed things up a bit by sampling the Blood Sausage and Pepper bowl, which was excellent.

Tender and with a slight tang, the BBQ pork Hero is reminiscent of more traditional BBQ pork banh-mi options you might find at local Vietnamese establishments. The bread is perfect and does not overwhelm the sandwich as it can at more traditional banh mi joints. Additional ingredients include pate, cilantro, jalapenos, daikon & carrots, shaved onion, and mayo. Overall, the BBQ pork hero is a tasty take on a classic and is almost as good as my favorite item on the menu, the Fatty Brisket Hero.

Made with slow roasted angus beef brisket, daikon & carrots, shaved onions, cilantro, jalapenos, and mayo, the fatty brisket hero is – in a word – awesome. The beef is perfectly cooked, fatty (as promised) and flavorful. The beauty of this sandwich is its simplicity. The brisket is the star of the show and it doesn’t disappoint. This is a must try to banh-mi and brisket fans alike.

I did make a point to try one of the several rice bowls that appear on the menu and was immediately drawn to the blood sausage and peppers option. A clever take on a traditional sausage and pepper hero in the form of a rice bowl, the dish combines morcilla Spanish sausage, sautéed jalapeno peppers, cilantro, daikon, shaved onion, and a sous-vide egg in a fish sauce vinaigrette. The combination of the sautéed peppers and the vinaigrette really enhance the flavor of the sausage, especially when combined with the bed of coconut rice beneath. Flavorful and filling, the blood sausage bowl is a great alternative for those looking for something different.

Hero Shop L.A. is a great addition to the historic core and step forward for this evolving stretch of 6th street.  Business hours are Monday-Saturday from 11 AM – 9 PM.

The banh mi starts with the baguette (Photo by Brigham Yen)

The banh mi starts with the baguette (Photo by Brigham Yen)

Making that banh mi to order (Photo by Brigham Yen)

Making that banh mi to order (Photo by Brigham Yen)

Shrimp chips to go with that banh mi and rice bowl (Photo by Brigham Yen)

Shrimp chips to go with that banh mi and rice bowl (Photo by Brigham Yen)

Hero Shop is located at 6th/Los Angeles St (Photo by Brigham Yen)

Hero Shop is located at 6th/Los Angeles St (Photo by Brigham Yen)

All photos below by Caviar

BBQ Pork Banh Mi

BBQ Pork Banh Mi

Yummy bowls served with coconut rice and cilantro

Yummy bowls served with coconut rice and cilantro

Box Lunch comes with sandwich, string beans, and cookie of the day

Box Lunch comes with sandwich, string beans, and cookie of the day

5 Comments

  1. Bringham Thank You … I was going to try Banh Mi the this past Monday … they were closing … seeing Pate on the chalk board is what drew me in … your review is very helpful … Yummy! … I’ll definitely give Banh Mi a try ……

  2. Seems kind of un-timely to not mention the Yero Shop concept they have been running in the evenings.

  3. I remember when there was a bus station on the NE corner and the Pacific Electric loading dock on the south side. I presume the number of “winos and weirdos” has dropped in recent years.

  4. Johnny B says

    This place is delicious. I’ve had 3 different sandwiches, all of them were great!

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